Ontogeny of the cortisol stress response and glucocorticoid receptor expression during early development in channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus

The objective of this study was to investigate the ontogeny of the cortisol and GR stress response in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) at several early life stages. To accomplish this, resting and stress-induced levels of tissue cortisol and the two catfish GRs (GR-1 and GR-2) expression were measured. Resting cortisol levels in newly fertilized eggs averaged 2.4 ± 0.2 ng/egg and decreased to 0.4 ± 0.01 ng/egg by day 5. Cortisol levels in newly fertilized eggs subjected to an acute stress (lowered dissolved oxygen from 6.5 mg/L to 1.8 mg/L) averaged 2.3 ± 0.1 ng/egg and decreased to 0.3 ± 0.03 ng/egg by day 5. At hatching, resting cortisol levels were 24 ± 1.0 ng/0.1 g tissue while levels increased to 83 ± 2.0 ng/0.1 g tissue in fry subjected to an acute stress (P 
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