Implication of the mineralocorticoid axis in rainbow trout osmoregulation during salinity acclimation

Pia Kiilerich, Sylvain Milla, Armin Sturm, Claudiane Valotaire, Sylvie Chevolleau, Franck Giton, Xavier Terrien, Jean Fiet, Alexis Fostier, Laurent Debrauwer, Patrick Prunet

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Cortisol and glucocorticoid receptors (GRs) play an important role in fish osmoregulation, whereas the involvement of the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) and its putative ligand 11-deoxycorticosterone (DOC) is poorly investigated. In this study, we assessed the implication of DOC and MR in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) osmoregulation during hypo- and hypersaline acclimation in parallel with the cortisol-GR system. A RIA for DOC was developed to measure plasma DOC levels, and a MR-specific antibody was developed to localize MR protein in the gill, intestine, and kidney. This is the first study to report DOC plasma levels during salinity change and MR localization in fish osmoregulatory tissue. Corticosteroid receptor mRNA abundance was investigated in osmoregulatory tissue during salinity acclimation, and the effect of cortisol and DOC on ionic transporters gene expression was assayed using an in vitro gill incubation method. Differential tissue-, salinity-, and time-dependent changes in MR mRNA levels during both hyper- and hyposaline acclimations and the ubiquitous localization of MR in osmoregulatory tissue suggest a role for the MR in osmoregulation. Presumably, DOC does not act as ligand for MR in osmoregulation because there were no changes in plasma DOC levels during either freshwater-seawater (FW-SW) or SW-FW acclimation or any effect of DOC on gill ionic transporter mRNA levels in the gill. Taken together, these results suggest a role for MR, but not for DOC, in osmoregulation and confirm the importance of cortisol as a major endocrine regulator of trout osmoregulation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-35
Number of pages15
JournalThe Journal of endocrinology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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