Marine Biology

, Volume 114, Issue 4, pp 517–525

The importance of free amino acids to the energy metabolism of eggs and larvae of turbot (Scophthalmus maximus)


  • I. Rønnestad
    • Zoological LaboratoryUniversity of Bergen
  • H. J. Fyhn
    • Zoological LaboratoryUniversity of Bergen
  • K. Gravningen
    • Tinfos Aqua

DOI: 10.1007/BF00357249

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Rønnestad, I., Fyhn, H.J. & Gravningen, K. Marine Biology (1992) 114: 517. doi:10.1007/BF00357249


A study was undertaken to establish the role of free amino acids (FAA) in aerobic energy dissipation in embryos of turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) which contain an oil globule in the egg. Laboratory-reared developing eggs and larvae (15°C, 34‰ salinity) were measured for oxygen uptake, ammonia excretion, contents of FAA, protein, and ammonium, and volumes of yolksac and oil globule. Newly spawned eggs from different batches contained 55 to 90 nmol egg−1 of FAA. Resorption of FAA occurred in parallel with the consumption of yolk. Resorption of the oil globule, however, occurred predominantly after hatching and mainly after yolk resorption. The combined data suggest that approximately 70% of the FAA are utilized as an energy substrate, while the rest are polymerized into body proteins. FAA become a significant energy substrate in the early egg stage and account for 100% of the aerobic energy dissipation 2 d after Fertilization then decrease to ca. 60% at the time of hatching. Lipids derived from the oil globule seem to be the main fuel after hatching and account for ca. 90% of the energy dissipation at the onset of first-feeding. Thus, the energetics of fish embryos which contain an oil globule seems to be different from those that depend exclusively on the nutritional reserves of the yolk.

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