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Enrichment of Artemia nauplii in PUFA, phospholipids, and water-soluble nutrients using liposomes

Monroig O, Navarro JC, Amat I, Gonzalez P, Amat F & Hontoria F (2003) Enrichment of Artemia nauplii in PUFA, phospholipids, and water-soluble nutrients using liposomes, Aquaculture International, 11 (1-2), pp. 151-161.

Different liposome formulations, includingseveral combinations of membrane composition,type of vesicle (multilamellar and largeunilamellar vesicles), preparation method, andvehiculated nutrient, have been assayed asbioencapsulation products to enrich Artemia nauplii with nutrients for feeding fish larvae.The stability of the liposome preparationsunder conditions of use as enrichment producthas been tested using water soluble fluorescentmarkers as leakage indicators. The content ofthe fatty acids and lipid classesbioencapsulated in Artemia nauplii withliposomes has been analyzed by gas and thinlayer chromatography, respectively, andcompared with other enrichment products. Theeffect of the liposome enriched Artemianauplii used as food for fish larvae has beenevaluated in sea bass cultures. Liposomes withhigh content in polyunsaturated fatty acidsleak out more than 50% of their aqueous phasein less than 2 hours, unless they arestabilized with cholesterol and formed as largeunilamellar vesicles. Such vesicles hold70% of the encapsulated material for 8 hours.Liposome enriched nauplii in this study reflectthe influence of the enrichment products,however, they are far from the commercialemulsion (Super Selco) in terms ofdocosahexaenoic acid content, except for thenauplii enriched with liposomes made of purekrill phospholipid extract by the method ofdetergent solubilization. The liposome enrichednauplii show a higher amount of polar lipids incontrast to the feed enriched with emulsions.The larvae fed liposome enriched nauplii haveonly a slightly lower docosahexaenoic acidcontent than those fed emulsion enrichednauplii. The results obtained confirm thesuitable potential use of liposomes as foodsupplement in larviculture. Problems andadvantages are discussed.

Artemia enrichment; Artemia nauplii; liposomes; phospholipids; polyunsaturated fatty acids

AuthorsMonroig Oscar, Navarro Juan Carlos, Amat Isabel, Gonzalez Pedro, Amat Francisco, Hontoria Francisco
Publication date01/2003
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
ISSN 0967-6120

Aquaculture International: Volume 11, Issue 1-2 (2003)

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