Title of Project

Serum Leptin Levels in Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)

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Event

Location

Alvin Sherman Library 2053

Start Date

4-4-2003 12:00 AM

End Date

4-4-2003 12:00 AM

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Serum Leptin Levels in Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)

Alvin Sherman Library 2053

Recent studies have begun to elucidate the physiological functions of Leptin, a hormone produced primarily by adipocytes. Serum Leptin levels have been tested in a wide variety of freshwater fishes which have been shown to produce Leptin. We will be testing blood serum from goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus) for Leptin. Goldfish are extremely hardy freshwater fish native to tropical and temperate waters throughout Asia and have been introduced world wide. After acclimation to the experimental tanks, blood will be drawn from 20 goldfish, allowed to clot, and the serum will be tested for the presence of Leptin using a commercial Leptin ELISA kit (ALPCO Diagnostics). Since Leptin has been found in other species of freshwater fish we expect that serum from goldfish will also be positive for Leptin.