Development of the posterior lateral line system in Thunnus thynnus, the atlantic blue-fin tuna, and in its close relative Sarda sarda

TitleDevelopment of the posterior lateral line system in Thunnus thynnus, the atlantic blue-fin tuna, and in its close relative Sarda sarda
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGhysen, A, Schuster K, Coves D, de la Gandara F, Papandroulakis N, Ortega A
JournalInternational Journal of Developmental Biology
Volume54
Issue8-9
Pages1317 - 1322
KeywordsCupula, Hair cell, Migrating primordium, Neuromast, Planar polarity
Abstract

The lateral line system of amphibians and fish comprises a large number of individual mechanosensory organs, the neuromasts, and their sensory neurons. The pattern of neuromasts varies markedly between species, yet the embryonic pattern is highly conserved from the relatively basal zebrafish, Danio rerio, to more derived species. Here we examine in more detail the development of the posterior lateral line (PLL) in embryos and early larvae of one of the most derived fish species, the blue-fin tuna Thunnus thynnus, and of its close relative, the Atlantic bonito Sarda sarda. We show that the basic features of embryonic PLL development, including the migratory properties of the PLL primordium, the patterning of neuromasts and their innervation, are largely conserved between zebrafish and tuna. However, Thunnus and Sarda embryos differ from Danio in three respects: the larger size of the neuromast cupula, the capability of mature neuromasts to migrate dorsally, and the presence of a single, precisely located terminal neuromast. © 2010 UBC Press.

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