The reversible sex of gonochoristic fish: Insights and consequences

Baroiller Jean-François, D'Cotta Carreras Helena. 2016. The reversible sex of gonochoristic fish: Insights and consequences. Sexual Development, 10 (5-6) : pp. 242-266.

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Abstract : Fish sex reversal is a means to understand sex determination and differentiation, but it is also used to control sex in aquaculture. This review discusses sex reversal in gonochoristic fish, with the coexistence of genetic and environmental influences. The different periods of fish sensitivity to sex reversal treatments are presented with the mechanisms implicated. The old players of sex differentiation are revisited with transcriptome data and loss of function studies following hormone- or temperature-induced sex reversal. We also discuss whether cortisol is the universal mediator of sex reversal in fish due to its implication in ovarian meiosis and 11KT increase. The large plasticity in fish for sex reversal is also evident in the brain, with a reversibility existing even in adulthood. Studies on epigenetics are presented, since it links the environment, gene expression, and sex reversal, notably the association of DNA methylation in sex reversal. Manipulations with exogenous factors reverse the primary sex in many fish species under controlled conditions, but several questions arise on whether this can occur under wild conditions and what is the ecological significance. Cases of sex reversal in wild fish populations are shown and their fitness and future perspectives are discussed. (Résumé d'auteur)

Classification Agris : M12 - Aquaculture production
L10 - Animal genetics and breeding

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Baroiller Jean-François, CIRAD-PERSYST-UMR ISEM (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-0992-1725
  • D'Cotta Carreras Helena, CIRAD-PERSYST-UMR ISEM (FRA)

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