Volume 1163, Issue 1 p. 49-59

Hormonal and Environmental Control of Puberty in Perciform Fish

The Case of Sea Bass

M. Carrillo

M. Carrillo

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal, Torre de la Sal, Spain

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S. Zanuy

S. Zanuy

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal, Torre de la Sal, Spain

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A. Felip

A. Felip

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal, Torre de la Sal, Spain

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M. J. Bayarri

M. J. Bayarri

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal, Torre de la Sal, Spain

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G. Molés

G. Molés

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal, Torre de la Sal, Spain

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A. Gómez

A. Gómez

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal, Torre de la Sal, Spain

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First published: 27 April 2009
Citations: 61
Address for correspondence: M. Carrillo, CSIC-Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre de la Sal, Ribera de Cabanes, 12595, Torre de la Sal, Spain. Voice: 34-964319500; fax: 34-964319509. [email protected]

Abstract

A specific chronology for puberty and changes at the brain–pituitary–gonad axis for sea bass are reviewed. Recent findings demonstrate that the Kisspeptin system, gonadotropin releasing hormones, follicle stimulating hormone, 11-ketotestosterone, and leptin are potential candidates for the onset of puberty of this fish species, stressing the importance of the daily and annual rhythms of some of these hormones. Environmental control of puberty is also reviewed, specifically the manipulations of constant photoperiods for altering or even suppressing the onset of puberty in sea bass. Recently, a possible narrow sensitive period for suppressing gonadogenesis in sea bass has been identified.