Professional Education

  • Master of Science, Hokkaido University (2018)
  • Bachelor of Science, Hokkaido University (2015)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ of Maryland Baltimore County (2022)
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore County, Marine Biology (2022)

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  • Chemogenetic Depletion of Hypophysiotropic GnRH Neurons Does Not Affect Fertility in Mature Female Zebrafish INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES Tanaka, S., Zmora, N., Levavi-Sivan, B., Zohar, Y. 2022; 23 (10)


    The hypophysiotropic gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and its neurons are crucial for vertebrate reproduction, primarily in regulating luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion and ovulation. However, in zebrafish, which lack GnRH1, and instead possess GnRH3 as the hypophysiotropic form, GnRH3 gene knockout did not affect reproduction. However, early-stage ablation of all GnRH3 neurons causes infertility in females, implicating GnRH3 neurons, rather than GnRH3 peptides in female reproduction. To determine the role of GnRH3 neurons in the reproduction of adult females, a Tg(gnrh3:Gal4ff; UAS:nfsb-mCherry) line was generated to facilitate a chemogenetic conditional ablation of GnRH3 neurons. Following ablation, there was a reduction of preoptic area GnRH3 neurons by an average of 85.3%, which was associated with reduced pituitary projections and gnrh3 mRNA levels. However, plasma LH levels were unaffected, and the ablated females displayed normal reproductive capacity. There was no correlation between the number of remaining GnRH3 neurons and reproductive performance. Though it is possible that the few remaining GnRH3 neurons can still induce an LH surge, our findings are consistent with the idea that GnRH and its neurons are likely dispensable for LH surge in zebrafish. Altogether, our results resurrected questions regarding the functional homology of the hypophysiotropic GnRH1 and GnRH3 in controlling ovulation.

    View details for DOI 10.3390/ijms23105596

    View details for Web of Science ID 000804301500001

    View details for PubMedID 35628411

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  • Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide Indirectly Elicits Pituitary LH Secretion Independent of GnRH in Female Zebrafish ENDOCRINOLOGY Tanaka, S., Zmora, N., Levavi-Sivan, B., Zohar, Y. 2022; 163 (2)


    Vasoactive intestinal peptide (Vip) regulates luteinizing hormone (LH) release through the direct regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons at the level of the brain in female rodents. However, little is known regarding the roles of Vip in teleost reproduction. Although GnRH is critical for fertility through the regulation of LH secretion in vertebrates, the exact role of the hypophysiotropic GnRH (GnRH3) in zebrafish is unclear since GnRH3 null fish are reproductively fertile. This phenomenon raises the possibility of a redundant regulatory pathway(s) for LH secretion in zebrafish. Here, we demonstrate that VipA (homologues of mammalian Vip) both inhibits and induces LH secretion in zebrafish. Despite the observation that VipA axons may reach the pituitary proximal pars distalis including LH cells, pituitary incubation with VipA in vitro, and intraperitoneal injection of VipA, did not induce LH secretion and lhβ mRNA expression in sexually mature females, respectively. On the other hand, intracerebroventricular administration of VipA augmented plasma LH levels in both wild-type and gnrh3-/- females at 1 hour posttreatment, with no observed changes in pituitary GnRH2 and GnRH3 contents and gnrh3 mRNA levels in the brains. While VipA's manner of inhibition of LH secretion has yet to be explored, the stimulation seems to occur via a different pathway than GnRH3, dopamine, and 17β-estradiol in regulating LH secretion. The results indicate that VipA induces LH release possibly by acting with or through a non-GnRH factor(s), providing proof for the existence of functional redundancy of LH release in sexually mature female zebrafish.

    View details for DOI 10.1210/endocr/bqab264

    View details for Web of Science ID 000753587100018

    View details for PubMedID 34978328

  • Effects of Infectious Diseases on Population Dynamics of Marine Organisms in Chesapeake Bay ESTUARIES AND COASTS Jesse, J. A., Agnew, M., Arai, K., Armstrong, C., Hood, S. M., Kachmar, M. L., Long, J. T., McCarty, A. J., Ross, M. O., Rubalcava, K. D., Shaner, J., Tanaka, S., Wood, L., Schott, E. J., Wilberg, M. J. 2021; 44 (8): 2334-2349