Telomerase Activity in Androgenetic Rainbow Trout with Growth Deficiency and in Normally Developed Individuals

Zebrafish. 2022 Aug;19(4):131-136. doi: 10.1089/zeb.2022.0012. Epub 2022 Jul 22.


Role of telomerase in specimens with retarded growth (dwarfs) has not been thoroughly examined to date. Considering that some of the fish species show correlation between somatic growth and activity of telomerase, it has been tempting to assume that pattern of telomerase activity in specimens with retarded growth and these with normal growth rate may vary. In the present research, telomerase activity has been examined in liver, skin, and muscles in the androgenetic rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) with growth deficiency and their normally developed siblings. Among the examined organs, the liver showed the highest telomerase activity in all studied fish, what may be linked to the enormous regeneration capacity of the liver tissue. Although dwarf specimens examined here displayed significantly lower body size and weight they did not exhibit any significant differences in the telomerase activity measured in liver and muscle when compared to the rainbow trout without growth deficiency. In turn, telomerase activity in skin was significantly upregulated in the normally developed androgenotes. The present study indicates that dwarfism in the androgenetic rainbow trout is neither associated with ceased telomerase activity nor its decrease throughout the ontogenetic development.

Keywords: androgenotes; dwarf; growth; rainbow trout; telomerase activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Androgens
  • Animals
  • Liver
  • Oncorhynchus mykiss*
  • Telomerase*
  • Zebrafish


  • Androgens
  • Telomerase