Ultrastructural study of skin and eye of UV‐B irradiated ayu Plecoglossus altivelis

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A scanning electron microscopic study of the skin and eye of UV‐B radiated ayu Plecoglossus altivelis(age 30 days, mean ± s.e. total length: 16·25 ± 0·11 mm) under laboratory condition showed marked changes when compared with the control fish without UV‐B radiation. The exposure of the fish to the radiation resulted in the destruction of microridges in the epidermis and exposed neuromast cells of the skin. Domed protrusions were also more common in the skin of UV‐B radiated fish than in the control fish. The appearance of mucus in both groups was different. In the control skin the mucus was spread over a wide area whereas in the treated fish the mucus was concentrated in a small area. The anastomozing structures of the microridges of the eyes were lost in UV‐B radiated fish and the microridges themselves were fewer in number, fragmented, and aggregated. Mucus cells, prominently visible in the control fish, were distorted in the treated fish. Cell contours were irregular in UV‐B radiated fish and cell to cell contacts had been lost in this group.

Keywords: Plecoglossus altivelis; UV‐B radiation; eye; scanning electron microscopy; skin

Document Type: Regular Paper

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2005.00871.x

Affiliations: 1: Aqua Research Lab, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, Delhi – 110 007, India 2: Fisheries Research Station, Kyoto University, Nagahama, Maizuru, Kyoto – 625-0086, Japan and 3: Division of Applied Biosciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Kyoto – 625-0086, Japan

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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