Publications by authors named "Tasuku Yoshino"

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Production of donor-derived eggs after ovarian germ cell transplantation into the gonads of adult, germ cell-less, triploid hybrid fish†.

Biol Reprod 2020 12;103(6):1289-1299

Noto Center for Fisheries Science and Technology, Faculty of Biological Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan.

In animals, spermatogonial transplantation in sterile adult males is widely developed; however, despite its utility, ovarian germ cell transplantation is not well developed. We previously showed that the interspecific hybrid offspring of sciaenid was a suitable model for germ cell transplantation studies as they have germ cell-less gonads. However, all these gonads have testis-like characteristics. Here, we tested whether triploidization in hybrid embryos could result in germ cell-less ovary development. Gonadal structure dimorphism and sex-specific gene expression patterns were examined in 6-month-old triploid hybrids (3nHybs). Thirty-one percent of 3nHybs had germ cell-less gonads with an ovarian cavity. cyp19a1a and foxl2, ovarian differentiation-related genes, were expressed in these gonads, whereas dmrt1 and vasa were not expressed, suggesting ovary-like germ cell-less gonad development. Some (26%) 3nHybs had testis-like germ cell-less gonads. Ovarian germ cells collected from homozygous green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgenic blue drum (BD) (Nibea mitsukurii) were transplanted into 6-month-old 3nHybs gonads via the urogenital papilla or oviduct. After 9 months, the recipients were crossed with wild type BD. Among the six 3nHyb recipients that survived, one female and one male produced fertile eggs and motile sperm carrying gfp-specific DNA sequences. Progeny tests revealed that all F1 offspring possessed gfp-specific DNA sequences, suggesting that these recipients produced only donor-derived eggs or sperm. Histological observation confirmed donor-derived gametogenesis in the 3nHyb recipients' gonads. Overall, triploidization reduces male-biased sex differentiation in germ cell-less gonads. We report, for the first time, donor-derived egg production in an animal via direct ovarian germ cell transplantation into a germ cell-less ovary.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biolre/ioaa168DOI Listing
December 2020

Germ cell-less hybrid fish: ideal recipient for spermatogonial transplantation for the rapid production of donor-derived sperm†.

Biol Reprod 2019 08;101(2):492-500

Division of Fisheries Resource Sciences, Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University, Shimoarata 4-50-20, Kagoshima City, Japan.

An interspecific hybrid marine fish that developed a testis-like gonad without any germ cells, i.e., a germ cell-less gonad, was produced by hybridizing a female blue drum Nibea mitsukurii with a male white croaker Pennahia argentata. In this study, we evaluated the suitability of the germ cell-less fish as a recipient by transplanting donor testicular cells directly into the gonads through the urogenital papilla. The donor testicular cells were collected from hemizygous transgenic, green fluorescent protein (gfp) (+/-) blue drum, and transplanted into the germ cell-less gonads of the 6-month-old adult hybrid croakers. Fluorescent and histological observations showed the colonization, proliferation, and differentiation of transplanted spermatogonial cells in the gonads of hybrid croakers. The earliest production of spermatozoa in a hybrid recipient was observed at 7 weeks post-transplantation (pt), and 10% of the transplanted recipients produced donor-derived gfp-positive spermatozoa by 25 weeks pt. Sperm from the hybrid recipients were used to fertilize eggs from wild-type blue drums, and approximately 50% of the resulting offspring were gfp-positive, suggesting that all offspring originated from donor-derived sperm that were produced in the transplanted gfp (+/-) germ cells. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of successful spermatogonial transplantation using a germ cell-less adult fish as a recipient. This transplantation system has considerable advantages, such as the use of comparatively simple equipment and procedures, and rapid generation of donor-derived spermatogenesis and offspring, and presents numerous applications in commercial aquaculture.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biolre/ioz045DOI Listing
August 2019

Hybrid Sterility in Fish Caused by Mitotic Arrest of Primordial Germ Cells.

Genetics 2018 06 2;209(2):507-521. Epub 2018 Apr 2.

Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Tateyama, Chiba 294-0308, Japan

Sterility in hybrid animals is widely known to be due to a cytological mechanism of aberrant homologous chromosome pairing during meiosis in hybrid germ cells. In this study, the gametes of four marine fish species belonging to the Sciaenid family were artificially fertilized, and germ cell development was examined at the cellular and molecular levels. One of the intergeneric hybrids had gonads that were testis-like in structure, small in size, and lacked germ cells. Specification of primordial germ cells (PGCs) and their migration toward genital ridges occurred normally in hybrid embryos, but these PGCs did not proliferate in the hybrid gonads. By germ cell transplantation assay, we showed that the gonadal microenvironment in hybrid recipients produced functional donor-derived gametes, suggesting that the germ cell-less phenotype was caused by cell autonomous proliferative defects of hybrid PGCs. This is the first evidence of mitotic arrest of germ cells causing hybrid sterility in animals.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1534/genetics.118.300777DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5972423PMC
June 2018

Establishment of intraperitoneal germ cell transplantation for critically endangered Chinese sturgeon Acipenser sinensis.

Theriogenology 2017 May 13;94:37-47. Epub 2017 Feb 13.

Key Laboratory of Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture of China, Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Wuhan, 430223, China; Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, 430072, China; Freshwater Fisheries Research Center, Chinese Academy of Fisheries Science, Wuxi, 214081, China. Electronic address:

Recent progress in germ cell transplantation techniques in fish has paved the way for the conservation of endangered species. Here, we developed an intraperitoneal germ cell transplantation procedure using Chinese and Dabry's sturgeon as donor and recipient species, respectively. Histological analysis revealed that primordial germ cells migrated on the peritoneal wall at 16 days post-hatch (dph) in Dabry's sturgeon. The genital ridges of Dabry's sturgeon (recipient) first formed at 28 dph, suggesting that for successful colonization of donor germ cells in the recipient gonads, the transplantation should be performed earlier than this age. Sexual dimorphism of gonadal structure was first observed at 78 dph. Gonadal germ cell proliferation was not seen in either sex during this period. Immunohistochemistry using the anti-Vasa antibody found that donor testes from 2-year-old Dabry's sturgeon mainly consisted of single- or paired-type A spermatogonia, while donor ovaries from 11.5-year-old Chinese sturgeon had perinucleolus stage oocytes and clusters of oogonia. Donor cells isolated from Dabry's sturgeon testes or Chinese sturgeon ovary labeled with PKH26 fluorescent dye were transplanted into the peritoneal cavity of the 7- or 8-dph Dabry's sturgeon larvae. More than 90% and 70% of transplanted larvae survived after 2 days post-transplantation (dpt) and 51 dpt, respectively. At 51 dpt, PKH26-labeled cells exhibiting germ cell-specific nuclear morphology and diameter were observed in excised recipient gonads by fluorescent and confocal microscopy. The colonization rate of allogeneic testicular germ cell transplantation (Group 1) was 70%, while that of two batches of xenogeneic ovarian germ cell transplantation (Group 2 and Group 3) were 6.7% and 40%, respectively. The ratio of colonized germ cells to endogenous germ cells was 11.96%, 5.35% and 3.56% for Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3, respectively. Thus, we established a germ cell transplantation technique for the critically endangered Chinese sturgeon using the most closely related species as a recipient and demonstrated the successful preparation of transplantable female germ cells from aged adult Chinese sturgeon.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2017.02.009DOI Listing
May 2017

Synthesis, characterization, and applications of zwitterions containing a carbanion moiety.

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 2013 Jan 13;52(5):1560-3. Epub 2012 Dec 13.

School of Pharmacy, Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, 1432-1 Horinouchi, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0392, Japan.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201208809DOI Listing
January 2013
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