Are hsps suitable for indicating stressed states in fish?

Iwama, George K., Afonso, Luis O. B., Todgham, Anne, Ackerman, Paige and Nakano, Kazumi 2004, Are hsps suitable for indicating stressed states in fish?, Journal of evolutionary biology, vol. 207, pp. 15-19, doi: 10.1242/jeb.00707.

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Title Are hsps suitable for indicating stressed states in fish?
Author(s) Iwama, George K.
Afonso, Luis O. B.ORCID iD for Afonso, Luis O. B.
Todgham, Anne
Ackerman, Paige
Nakano, Kazumi
Journal name Journal of evolutionary biology
Volume number 207
Start page 15
End page 19
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2004-01-01
ISSN 1010-061X
Keyword(s) cortisol
heat shock protein
Summary In response to most stressors, fish will elicit a generalized physiological stress response, which involves the activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal axis (HPI). As in other vertebrates, this generalized stress response comprises physiological responses that are common to a wide range of environmental, physical and biological stressors. Recently, several families of heat shock proteins (hsps) have been proposed as indicators of a generalized stress response at the cellular level. Recent findings that hsp levels, in various fish tissues, respond to a wide range of stressors have supported the use of these proteins as indicators of stressed states in fish. However, the cellular stress response can vary, for example, according to tissue, hsp family and type of stressor. This brief overview of these responses in fish asks the question of whether changes in levels and families of hsps can be used as a suitable indicator of stressed states in fish. By casting this question in the context of the well-established generalized physiological stress response in fish, we argue that the use of hsps as indicators of stressed states in fish in general is premature.
Language eng
DOI 10.1242/jeb.00707
Field of Research 060604 Comparative Physiology
060408 Genomics
Socio Economic Objective 830102 Aquaculture Fin Fish (excl. Tuna)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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