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Metabolic Dormancy and Responses to Environmental Desiccation in Fish Embryos

  • Jason E. Podrabsky
  • Angèle Tingaud-Sequeira
  • Joan Cerdà
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Part of the Topics in Current Genetics book series (TCG, volume 21)

Abstract

Metabolic depression is relatively uncommon among the fishes with the greatest number of species exhibiting dormancy as embryos. Dormancy in fish embryos is largely associated with deposition of embryos into terrestrial habitats to avoid embryo predation or to survive intermittent drying of aquatic habitats. Killifish embryos in general, and especially the embryos of annual killifish, are highly adapted for life at the interface between land and water and thus have evolved a suite of characters that allows them to survive in an aerial environment. Here we review the available literature on embryonic dormancy and dehydration tolerance in killifish embryos.

Keywords

Dehydration Tolerance Evaporative Water Loss Anoxia Tolerance Embryonic Diapause Annual Killifish 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The research conducted by the authors was financed by the U.S. National Science Foundation (IOS 0344578, JEP) and the American Heart Association (0335286 N, JEP), European Commission New and Emerging Science and Technologies (NEST) program (Contract No. 012674-2 Sleeping Beauty, JC), and by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (AGL2007-60262/ACU, JC).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA)-Institut de Ciències del MarConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Génomique et Physiologie des PoissonsUniversité Bordeaux 1, UMR NuAGeTalenceFrance

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