Bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and interleukin 1 (IL-1) exert multiple physiological effects in the tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus (Teleostei)

P. H. M. Balm, Esther M.M. Van Lieshout, J. Lokate, S.E. Wendelaar Bonga

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To gain insight in immuno-endocrine communication in teleosts the physiological effects of interleukin 1 and bacterial lipopolysaccharide in teleosts were investigated. Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) were treated with murine interleukin 1 and E. coli lipopolysaccharide in vivo, and lipopolysaccharide was administered to pituitary lobes and head kidneys in vitro. The integument of the fish appeared to be a sensitive target for the preparations tested, since proliferation of chloride cells and of epidermal mucous cells was observed as well as an increase in epidermal thickness. These effects may relate to an acute phase-like reaction caused by the treatments. Lipopolysaccharide administration furthermore resulted in an increase in plasma free fatty acids levels. Lipopolysaccharide, but not interleukin 1, stimulated the interrenal axis of the fish, as judged by the increase in cortisol production measured in superfusion of head kidneys. In addition to these in vivo effects, lipopolysaccharide also displayed several effects in vitro. Pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormone, as well as α-melanocyte stimulating hormone, release was inhibited, and the head kidney responsiveness to adrenocorticotropic hormone was inhibited after pretreatment of the tissue with the E. coli product. This latter effect coincided with the release of an unidentified α-melanocyte stimulating hormone immunoreactive fraction by the head kidneys which could be stimulated by lipopolysaccharide. The data strongly support the notion that the immune system is involved in adaptive regulations in teleosts, and that immuno-endocrine interactions are phylogenetically old mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85–92
JournalJournal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes

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