alexa Recently Emerged Myxosporean Encephalomyelitis of Cultured Yellowtail Seriola quinqueradiata in Japan
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Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development
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Research Article

Recently Emerged Myxosporean Encephalomyelitis of Cultured Yellowtail Seriola quinqueradiata in Japan

Hiroshi Yokoyama1*, Fei Meng1, Makiko Hirai2, Shusaku Takagi2, Takayuki Katagiri3, Makoto Endo3 and Kazuo Ogawa4

1Department of Aquatic Bioscience, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

2Ehime Prefectural Fisheries Experimental Station, Uwajima, Ehime, Japan

3Laboratory of Fish Health Management, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan

4Meguro Parasitological Museum, Tokyo, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Hiroshi Yokoyama
Department of Aquatic Bioscience
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
The University of Tokyo
Yayoi 1-1-1, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8657, Japan
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: October 04, 2011; Accepted Date: December 08, 2011; Published Date: December 17, 2011

Citation: Yokoyama H, Meng F, Hirai M, Takagi S, Katagiri T, et al. (2011) Recently Emerged Myxosporean Encephalomyelitis of Cultured Yellowtail Seriola quinqueradiata in Japan. J Aquac Res Development S2:004. doi:10.4172/2155-9546.S2-004

Copyright: © 2011 Yokoyama H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Encephalomyelitis associated with developmental stages of a myxosporean parasite has recently occurred in cultured yellowtail Seriola quinqueradiata from western Japan. Although mature spore stages of the parasite were not found in the spinal cord, the myxosporean was molecularly identified as Myxobolus spirosulcatus by the 18S rDNA analysis and in situ hybridization and has been previously reported as a non-pathogenic parasite infecting the bile duct of yellowtail. However, the causal relationship between the encephalomyelitis and M. spirosulcatus is still controversial. Typical signs of the disease were reduced feeding, erratic and abnormal swimming, skin ulceration from the jaw to the abdomen, and redness of the brain. Histopathologically, this disease was characterized by 1) gliosis and multi-focal glial nodules, 2) nerve cell necrosis with neurophagia, 3) blood congestion and hemorrhages in the central nervous tissue, 4) swollen eosinophilic nerve fibers and degenerative axons. In the present study, we conducted further histopathological observations and tried to determine the disease mechanisms in relation to water temperature and feeding regimes. It was indicated that developing plasmodia directly caused the gliosis and glial nodules in the nervous system. Fluctuating water temperature was suggested to be partly responsible for disease outbreak. Detection rates of M. spirosulcatus spores in the bile were significantly higher in the constant temperature groups than those in the fluctuating temperature groups. Further studies on the biology of M. spirosulcatus are required to implement a management strategy to the myxosporean encephalomyelitis of yellowtail.

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