Endocrine effects of the tapeworm Ligula Intestinalis in its teleost host, the roach (Rutilis rutilis)

Abstract : The effects of parasite infection by the cestode Ligula intestinalis on the reproductive function and endocrine system of wild roach Rutilus rutilus were evaluated. Gonad maturation, plasma vitellogenin, plasma steroid concentrations (i.e. progesterone, 11-keto-testosterone and 17 beta-estradiol) and brain aromatase activity were investigated in relation with parasitization. A low prevalence (8%) of ligulosed roach and a moderate impact of parasitization (mean parasitization index of 8.8%) were found in the studied population. Inhibition of gonad maturation generally resulted from infestation but 55 of the ligulosed roach nevertheless reached maturity. Main sex steroid plasma content was depleted in both genders. Male 11-keto-testosterone, female 17-beta-estradiol and progesterone plasma concentrations of both genders were, respectively, 27, 5 and 3 times lower m ligulosed fish when compared to their non-infected counterparts. Progesterone levels were negatively correlated with the parasitization index in females. Brain aromatase activity of infected roach was reduced to 50% of that of the non-infected fish. These results demonstrate significant negative effects on the reproductive function of wild roach infected by the tapeworm L. intestinalis collected from a site with low contamination.
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Perrine Geraudie, C. Boulange-Lecomte, Marie Gerbron, Nathalie Hinfray, François Brion, et al.. Endocrine effects of the tapeworm Ligula Intestinalis in its teleost host, the roach (Rutilis rutilis). Parasitology, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2010, 137 (4), pp.697-704. ⟨10.1017/s003118200999151x⟩. ⟨ineris-00963236⟩

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