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WU Guan-Chung

Maître de Conférences
National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU)
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Thèmes de recherche

No ancient ancestry and no single sex-determining mechanism are involved in the hermaphroditic fishes. Thus, how the presence of more than one sex at a time existed during an evolutionary transition from gonochorism to hermaphroditism in fish remains unknown. In the protandrous black porgy, the ovotestis is separated by connective tissue, and no intersex (ectopic located germ cells) characteristics are observed in either part. We generated the abnormal testicular part of the ovotestis with 17b-estradiol (E2) treatment, in which newly regenerated testis have ectopic oocytes. Our data demonstrated that the surrounding cells of the oocyte were Dmrt1-positive cells (putative Sertoli cells) at an early stage that replaced to Cyp19a1a-positive cells (putative follicle cells) at a later stage. This finding indicates that the oocytes are competent to create a micro-environment to protect against a testicular environment in the black porgy fish. Thus, we have 3 mainly questions to ask:
(1) How do ectopic oocytes to create a micro-environment for protecting themselves against a testicular environment in the black porgy?
(2) How do ectopic oocytes mediate Sertoli cells transdifferentiation to follicle-like cells in the black porgy?
(3) Have any epigenetic (DNA methylation levels) difference in oocytes between fish that oocytes survive in correct environment (ovary) and ectopic oocytes survive in incorrect environment (testis)?
This project will focus on the new aspects of the possible mechanism for the presence of more than one sex at a time during an evolutionary transition from gonochorism to hermaphroditism in fish.


  • Wu, G. C., Li, H. W., Luo, J. W., Chen, C., and Chang, C. F. 2015. The potential role of Amh to prevent ectopic female development in testicular tissue of the protandrous black porgy, Acanthopagrus schlegelii. Biol. Repro. (doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.114.126953)
  • Wu, G. C. and Chang, C. F. 2013. Oocytes Survive in the Testis By Altering the Soma Fate from Male to Female in the Protandrous Black Porgy, Acanthopagrus schlegeli. Biol. Reprod. 88 (1) 19, 1-10.
  • Wu, G. C. and Chang, C. F. 2013.The switch of secondary sex determination in protandrous black porgy, Acanthopagrus schlegeli. Fish Physiol. Biochem. 39(1), 33-38.
  • Wu, G. C., Chiu, P. C., Lin, C. J., Lyu, Y. S., Lan, D. S., Chang, C. F. 2012. Testicular dmrt1 is involved in the sexual fate of the ovotestis in the protandrous black porgy. Biol. Reprod. 86: 41, 1-.
  • Wu, G. C., Chiu, P. C., Lyu, Y. S., and Chang, C. F. 2010. The expression of amh and amhr2 is associated with the development of gonadal tissue and sex change in the protandrous black porgy, Acanthopagrus schlegeli. Biol. Reprod. 83, 443-453.