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The activin type IIB receptor (Acvr2b) is the cell surface receptor for multiple transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) superfamily ligands, several of which regulate muscle growth in mammals. To investigate the role of the Acvr2b signaling pathway in the growth and development of skeletal muscle in teleost fish, transgenic rainbow trout (RBT; Oncorhynchus mykiss) expressing a truncated form of the acvr2b-2a (acvr2b▵) in muscle tissue were produced. High levels of acvr2b▵ expression were detected in the majority of P1 transgenic fish. Transgenic P1 trout developed enhanced, localized musculature in both the epaxial and hypaxial regions (dubbed ‘six pack’). The F1 transgenic offspring did not exhibit localized muscle growth, but rather developed a uniform body morphology with greater girth, condition factor and increased muscle fiber hypertrophy. There was a high degree of variation in the mass of both P1 and F1 transgenic fish, with several fish of each generation exhibiting enhanced growth compared with other transgenic and control siblings. The ‘six pack’ phenotype observed in P1 transgenic RBT overexpressing acvr2b▵ and the presence of F1 individuals with altered muscle morphology provides compelling evidence for the importance of TGF-β signaling molecules in regulating muscle growth in teleost fish.
Phelps, M. P., Jaffe, I. M., & Bradley, T. M. (2013). Muscle growth in teleost fish is regulated by factors utilizing the activin II B receptor. Journal of Experimental Biology, 216, 3742-3750. doi: 10.1242/jeb.086660
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.086660