Roles of selenoprotein antioxidant protection in zebrafish, Danio rerio, subjected to dietary oxidative stress



Betancor M, Almaida P, Sprague M, Hernandez A & Tocher DR (2015) Roles of selenoprotein antioxidant protection in zebrafish, Danio rerio, subjected to dietary oxidative stress. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 41 (3), pp. 705-720.

Mitochondrial decay is generally associated with impairment in the organelle bioenergetics function and increased oxidative stress, and it appears that deterioration of mitochondrial inner membrane phospholipids (PL) and accumulation of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations are among the main mechanisms involved in this process. In the present study, mitochondrial membrane PL compositions, oxidative status (TBARS content and SOD activity) and mtDNA gene expression of muscle and liver were analyzed in zebrafish fed two diets with lipid supplied either by rapeseed oil (RO) or a blend 60:40 of RO and DHA500 TG oil (DHA). Two feeding trials were performed using zebrafish from the same population of two ages (8- and 21-months). Dietary FA composition affected fish growth in 8-month-old animals, which could be related with an increase in stress promoted by diet composition. Lipid peroxidation was considerably higher in mitochondria of 8-month-old zebrafish fed the DHA diet than in animals fed the RO diet. This could indicate higher oxidative damage to mitochondrial lipids, very likely due to increased incorporation of DHA in PL of mitochondrial membranes. Lipids would be among the first molecules affected by mitochondrial reactive oxygen species, and lipid peroxidation could propagate oxidative reactions that would damage other molecules, including mtDNA. Mitochondrial lipid peroxidation and gene expression of 21-month-old fish showed lower responsiveness to diet composition than those of younger fish. Differences found in the effect of diet composition on mitochondrial lipids between the two age groups could be indicating age-related changes in the ability to maintain structural homeostasis of mitochondrial membranes.

Diet; fatty acid; mitochondria; zebrafish; oxidative stress; phospholipid.

Fish Physiology and Biochemistry: Volume 41, Issue 3

FundersEuropean Commission
Publication date30/06/2015
Publication date online07/03/2015
Date accepted by journal27/02/2015

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Dr Monica Betancor

Dr Monica Betancor

Associate Professor, Institute of Aquaculture

Dr Matthew Sprague

Dr Matthew Sprague

Lecturer in Nutrition, Institute of Aquaculture

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Oxidation, Lipids, DNA and Mitochondria