Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Artificially induced maturation of 10 male eels Anguilla anguilla L. weighing 170 ± 30-3 g was followed for 6 wk with in vivo CT scanning in a repeated manner. Since testis tissue has a well defined X-ray density value, the volumetric development could be described. Parallel with this process, a strong decrease of the abdominal fat volume was measured and depicted with the applied surface smoothing method. As an affect of the hCG treatment (250 IU/week per eel) at the third wk, the testis could clearly be recognized on the images. From that time the average testis volume values of the 10 eels were 4,975, 6345, 11,583 and 14,553 mmJ respectively. At the sixth wk, the relative testis volume in the abdomen was 25%. In the fillet a characteristic shift (from -10 to -20 Hounsfield units) of the density histogram towards the fat interval was detected. The average density value of the fillet was found to be zero; this was supported furthermore by the histological analysis of the fillet (fat to muscle rate 0.35-0.40). On the basis of the above findings, the applied CT scanning method was proven to be suitable to follow in vivo the maturation process of male eels.
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