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Depletion of alpha-tocopherol and astaxanthin in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) affects autoxidative defense and fatty acid metabolism

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Bell JG, McEvoy J, Tocher DR & Sargent JR (2000) Depletion of alpha-tocopherol and astaxanthin in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) affects autoxidative defense and fatty acid metabolism. Journal of Nutrition, 130 (7), pp. 1800-1808. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/130/7/1800.abstract

Abstract
Duplicate groups of Atlantic salmon post-smolts were fed four purified diets supplemented with both vitamin E and the carotenoid astaxanthin (Ax) (+E, +Ax), or supplemented with either vitamin E or Ax (−E, +Ax and +E, −Ax) or deficient in both vitamin E and Ax (−E, −Ax) for 22 wk. There were no effects of diet on growth rate, but an extensive lipoid liver degenerative lesion was observed in 15% of fish fed diets deficient in vitamin E. Tissue vitamin E concentrations varied in accordance with dietary vitamin E in liver, muscle, heart, plasma, brain and eye; levels were reduced to ∼3% in liver but only to 40% in eye of fish fed diets deficient in vitamin E compared with those fed diets supplemented with vitamin E. An interactive sparing of Ax supplementation on tissue vitamin E concentration was observed, but only in brain. Dietary deficiency of both vitamin E and Ax significantly increased the recovery of desaturated and elongated products of both [1-14C] 18:3(n-3) and [1-14C] 20:5(n-3) in isolated hepatocytes, suggesting that conversion of fatty acids to their long-chain highly unsaturated products can be stimulated by a deficiency of lipid-soluble antioxidants. The antioxidant synergism of vitamin E and Ax was supported by their ability to reduce malondialdehyde formation in an in vitro stimulation of microsomal lipid peroxidation and to reduce plasma levels of 8-isoprostane. The results of this study suggest that both vitamin E and the carotenoid Ax have antioxidant functions in Atlantic salmon.

Keywords
Atlantic salmon; alpha-tocopherol; astaxanthin; autoxidation; fatty acids; Atlantic salmon Ecology

Journal
Journal of Nutrition: Volume 130, Issue 7

StatusPublished
Publication date31/07/2000
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/7580
PublisherThe American Society for Nutritional Sciences
Publisher URLhttp://jn.nutrition.org/content/130/7/1800.abstract
ISSN0022-3166

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Professor Gordon Bell
Professor Gordon Bell

Emeritus Professor, Institute of Aquaculture