, Volume 825, Issue 1, pp 137–158 | Cite as

Evaluation of genes involved in Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) female sexual maturation using transcriptomic analysis

  • Guiomar RotllantEmail author
  • Tuan Viet NguyenEmail author
  • David Hurwood
  • Valerio Sbragaglia
  • Tomer Ventura
  • Joan B. Company
  • Silvia Joly
  • Abigail Elizur
  • Peter B. Mather


The Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus is the most important commercial crustacean species in Europe. Recent decline in wild captures and a reduction in total abundance and size at first maturation indicate that the species is overexploited. Increasing knowledge of its reproduction, specifically at the molecular level will be mandatory to improving fisheries management. The current study investigated differences between immature and mature N. norvegicus females using Next Generation Sequencing technology applied to multiple tissues. Ovarian maturation-related differential expression patterns were observed for 4362 transcripts in ovary, hepatopancreas, eyestalk, brain, and thoracic ganglia in N. norvegicus. Transcripts detected in the study include vitellogenin, crustacean hyperglycaemic hormone, retinoid X receptor, heat shock protein 90 and proteins encoding lipid and carbohydrate metabolizing enzymes. From the study, data were collected that can prove valuable in developing more comprehensive knowledge of the reproductive system in this lobster species during the ovarian maturation process. Additional studies will be required, however, to identify potential novel genes and to develop a molecular toolkit for crustacean species that can be applied to improving sustainable future production.


Oocyte Fecundity Size at maturity Reproduction Fisheries Next generation sequencing 



The current study was supported by a Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme Fellowship within the 7th European Community Framework Programme (612296-DeNuGReC) and a USC International PhD scholarship to Tuan Viet Nguyen. The authors are grateful for the support of the crew of the fishing vessel Maireta for field sampling. We would also like to acknowledge QUT HPC for computational support during the current study.

Supplementary material

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S1 Detected differentially expressed transcripts in the multi-tissue library between immature and mature females of N. norvegicus. Supplementary material 1 (DOCX 14 kb)
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S2 Volcano plot visualization of detected DEG transcript in ovary, brain, eyestalk, thoracic ganglia and hepatopancreas between immature and mature females of N. norvegicus. Supplementary material 2 (PDF 1799 kb)
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S3 Venn diagram illustration for detected DEG in multiple tissues between immature and mature females of N. norvegicus. Supplementary material 3 (PDF 190 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, GeneCology Research CentreUniversity of the Sunshine CoastMaroochydore DCAustralia
  3. 3.Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Science and Engineering FacultyQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Australian Rivers InstituteGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  5. 5.Department of Biology and Ecology of FishesLeibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland FisheriesBerlinGermany

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