We have isolated a 1586-bp full-length CITED3 cDNA from grass carp which specifies for a cAMP-responsive element-binding protein/p300-interacting transactivator with glutamic acid (E)/aspartic acid (D)-rich C-terminal domain protein. The cDNA, designated as gcCITED3, has an open reading frame of 762 bp and encodes a protein of 253 amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of 28.3 kDa and pI of 6.4. Pairwise comparison showed that gcCITED3 shares high sequence identity with the CITED3 of zebrafish (94%), chicken (72%) and Xenopus (59%). Northern blot analysis indicated that gcCITED3 is most highly expressed and responsive to hypoxia in the carp kidney. Hypoxic induction was also observed in heart, albeit at a lower level. This is the first report on the isolation of a hypoxia-responsive CITED3 gene from fish.