Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 109–119 | Cite as

Immunohistochemical investigation of the pituitary of the sturgeon (Acipenser baeri, Chondrostei)

  • C. Pelissero
  • J. Nunez-Rodriguez
  • F. Le Menn
  • O. Kah


An immunohistochemical study of the sturgeon (Acipenser baeri) pituitary was undertaken using antisera directed against hormones from various classes of vertebrates, including the only pituitary hormone available from sturgeon, gonadotrophin. A positive reaction was obtained after application of antisera towards the following hormones 1–24 synthetic ACTH (1-24 ACTH), melanophore stimulating hormone (MSH), ovine prolactin (oPRL), ovine growth hormone (oGH), salmon growth hormone (sGH), carp gonadotrophin (cGTH) and its beta subunit (βcGTH), sturgeon gonadotrophin (aciGTH), carp thyrotrophin (cTSH) and β subunit of the human thyrotrophin (βhTSH). The results demonstrate that, in general, the sturgeon pituitary resembles that of teleosts as regards the distribution of the different cell types: ACTH and PRL cells in the rostral pars distalis, GTH, TSH and GH cells in the proximal pars distalis and MSH and PAS-cells in pars intermedia. In addition to the topographical organization of the sturgeon pituitary, this study provides data on the immunological relationships between sturgeon pituitary hormones and those of other vertebrates.


immunohistochemistry pituitary sturgeon chondrostean pituitary hormones 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Pelissero
    • 2
    • 1
  • J. Nunez-Rodriguez
    • 2
    • 1
  • F. Le Menn
    • 2
    • 1
  • O. Kah
    • 2
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physiologie des Interactions CellulairesTalenceFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Biologie MarineTalence Cedex

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