Seasonal variations and interspecific differences in metabolomes of freshwater fish tissues: Quantitative metabolomic profiles of lenses and gills

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Abstract

This work represents the first comprehensive report on quantitative metabolomic composition of tissues of pike-perch (Sander lucioperca) and Siberian roach (Rutilus rutilus lacustris). The total of 68 most abundant metabolites are identified and quantified in the fish lenses and gills by the combination of LC-MS and NMR. It is shown that the concentrations of some compounds in the lens are much higher than that in the gills; that indicates the importance of these metabolites for the adaptation to the specific living conditions and maintaining the homeostasis of the fish lens. The lens metabolome undergoes significant seasonal changes due to the variations of dissolved oxygen level and fish feeding activity. The most season-affected metabolites are osmolytes and antioxidants, and the most affected metabolic pathway is the histidine pathway. In late autumn, the major lens osmolytes are N-acetyl-histidine and threonine phosphoethanolamine (Thr-PETA), while in winter the highest concentrations were observed for serine phosphoethanolamine (Ser-PETA) and myo-inositol. The presence of Thr-PETA and Ser-PETA in fish tissues and their role in cell osmotic protection are reported for the first time. The obtained concentrations can be used as baseline levels for studying the influence of environmental factors on fish health.

Original languageEnglish
Article number264
Number of pages21
JournalMetabolites
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Dissolved oxygen level
  • Freshwater fish
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Metabolomics
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • METABOLITES
  • ANTIOXIDANTS
  • CATARACTS
  • N-ACETYLHISTIDINE
  • freshwater fish
  • DISULFIDE
  • MASS-SPECTROMETRY
  • OVOTHIOL
  • metabolomics
  • ACETYL-L-HISTIDINE
  • mass spectrometry
  • SALMON SALMO-SALAR
  • dissolved oxygen level
  • ATLANTIC SALMON

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