Department of Biology
Effect of parental hypoxic exposure on embryonic development of the offspring of two serpulid polychaetes: Implication for transgenerational epigenetic effect
Sperm production and motility, fecundity, and egg size, complexity and viability of serpulid polychaetes Hydroides elegans and Hydroides diramphus after 2-week treatment to hypoxia (2mg O2l-1) was compared with those under normoxia (6mg O2l-1). Despite reduced fecundity, the effect of parental hypoxic exposure on gamete quality was not discernible for both species. However, regardless of their subsequent dissolved oxygen environment, eggs spawned by H. elegans after hypoxic exposure were found to have lower fertilization success, slower embryonic development and a significantly higher yield of malformed embryos than those with a parental normoxic treatment. In contrast, neither fertilization success nor rate of embryonic development was affected for H. diramphus. The results implied that hypoxia was a potential stress reducing the recruitment of H. elegans through non-adaptive epigenetic effect, whereas H. diramphus was a more tolerant species to survive hypoxic events. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Embryonic development, Epigenetic effect, Fertilization success, Gametes, Hypoxia, Serpulid polychaetes
Source Publication Title
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Leung, J. Y S, S. G. Cheung, J. W. Qiu, P. O. Ang, J. M Y Chiu, V. Thiyagarajan, and P. K S Shin. "Effect of parental hypoxic exposure on embryonic development of the offspring of two serpulid polychaetes: Implication for transgenerational epigenetic effect." Marine Pollution Bulletin 74.1 (2013): 149-155.