Nutrition & Health

Influence of dietary phospholipids on early ontogenesis of fish

The aim of this paper is to provide explanations of how dietary phospholipid (PL) globally improves fish larval development, including growth and survival, digestive functions and skeletal development, and to propose optimal PL levels and sources in fish larval diets. Dietary incorporation of 8–12% PL related to dry matter (d.m.) promotes growth and enhanced survival in various species. Marine source PL, incorporating highly unsaturated fatty acids, was most efficient than soybean lecithin. This beneficial effect was explained by an enhancement in digestive functions, assessed by digestive enzyme activities and histomorphology. Nevertheless, 1.5–2.5% highly unsaturated fatty acids related to diet d.m. supplied by PL improved growth, survival and skeletal development, while 5% induced different skeletal deformities. The high incidence of deformities was associated with the down-regulation of genes involved in development, such as RXRα, RARα, RARβ and BMP-4, observed in the early stages in larvae fed a high highly unsaturated fatty acids level.

Chantal L Cahu1, *, Enric Gisbert2, Laure A N Villeneuve1, Sofia Morais3, Neila Hamza4, Per-Avid Wold5 & Jose L Zambonino Infante1
1 Ifremer, Nutrition, Aquaculture and Genomic Research Unit, Plouzané, France
2 IRTA – Sant Carles de la Rapita, Unitat de Cultius Experimentals, Crta, Tarragona, Spain.
3 Center for Marine Sciences – CCMAR, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
4 INSTM 28, Salammbo, Tunisia
5 Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Biology, Trondheim, Norway

Aquaculture Research, Volume 40, Issue 9, Pages 989 - 999, Wiley Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

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