Can bile acids function as a migratory pheromone in banded kokopu, Galaxias fasciatus (Gray)?

Baker, C.F., Carton, A.G., Fine, J .M., and Sorensen, P.W. (2006) Can bile acids function as a migratory pheromone in banded kokopu, Galaxias fasciatus (Gray)? Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 15 (3). pp. 275-283.

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Abstract

Migratory banded kokopu juveniles exhibit a species-specific attraction to adult conspecifics. The potential for bile acids to function as a component of a migratory pheromone in banded kokopu was investigated by examining which bile acids are present in the gallbladder of adult fish, are released into the water and are detected by adult fish. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and mass spectrometry (MS) of gallbladder extracts showed that banded kokopu contained high quantities of taurocholic acid (TCA) and taurochenodeoxycholic acid (TCD), and a very small quantity of cyprinol sulphate (5a-CS). The holding water of adult banded kokopu was found to contain only TCA and TCD. In addition, three unknown peaks were evident. Electro-olfactogram recordings revealed that banded kokopu showed strong responses to four bile acids [5a-CS, petromyzonol (P), petromyzonol sulphate (PS), and allocholic acid (ACA)] and low responses to TCA and TCD (<30% of the l-serine standard). The bile acids TCA and TCD, produced and released by adult banded kokopu, are common among teleosts and are not species specific. Therefore, it is unlikely that these bile acids will function as a migratory pheromone in banded kokopu.

Item ID: 9480
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: migration; olfaction galaxiid; bile acid; pheromone
ISSN: 1600-0633
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2010 23:18
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0606 Physiology > 060603 Animal Physiology Systems @ 50%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060204 Freshwater Ecology @ 50%
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