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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Postprandial molecular responses in the liver of the barramundi, Lates calcarifer
Author(s): Wade, Nicholas M
Skiba-Cassy, Sandrine
Dias, Karine
Glencross, Brett
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Keywords: Fish
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Date Deposited: 13-Jul-2016
Citation: Wade NM, Skiba-Cassy S, Dias K & Glencross B (2014) Postprandial molecular responses in the liver of the barramundi, Lates calcarifer. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 40 (2), pp. 427-443.
Abstract: The regulation of gene expression by nutrients is an important mechanism governing energy storage and growth in most animals, including fish. At present, very few genes that regulate intermediary metabolism have been identified in barramundi, nor is there any understanding of their nutritional regulation. In this study, a partial barramundi liver transcriptome was assembled from next-generation sequencing data and published barramundi EST sequences. A large number of putative metabolism genes were identified in barramundi, and the changes in the expression of 24 key metabolic regulators of nutritional pathways were investigated in barramundi liver over a time series immediately after a meal of a nutritionally optimised diet for this species. Plasma glucose and free amino acid levels showed a mild postprandial elevation which peaked 2 h after feeding, and had returned to basal levels within 4 or 8 h, respectively. Significant activation or repression of metabolic nuclear receptor regulator genes were observed, in combination with activation of glycolytic and lipogenic pathways, repression of the final step of gluconeogenesis and activation of the Akt-mTOR pathway. Strong correlations were identified between a number of different metabolic genes, and the coordinated co-regulation of these genes may underlie the ability of this fish to utilise dietary nutrients. Overall, these data clearly demonstrate a number of unique postprandial responses in barramundi compared with other fish species and provide a critical step in defining the response to different dietary nutrient sources.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10695-013-9854-y
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, April 2014, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 427-443 by Springer. The final publication is available at Springer via

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