Effects of Acute Exposure to Sublethal Waterborne Cadmium on Energy Homeostasis in Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)

  • Jie Pi
  • Xuelin Li
  • Ting Zhang
  • Deliang Li


Effects of acute exposure to sublethal waterborne cadmium (Cd) on energy homeostasis in filter-feeding fishes have rarely been studied. The response patterns of energy substances were investigated in juvenile silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) exposed to sublethal waterborne Cd for 96 h. The results showed the 96hLC50 of Cd on juvenile silver carp was 1.723 mg/L. Sublethal acute exposure of Cd significantly affected the energy homeostasis of juvenile silver carp, including increase in plasma glucose and lactate, and decrease in plasma triglyceride, muscle glycogen and triglyceride and liver glycogen. The results indicated that glycogen and triglyceride prior to protein were mobilized to meet the increased demands for detoxication and repair mechanism to sublethal waterborne Cd exposure, and glycogen level depleted faster and restored slower in the liver than in the white muscle in juvenile silver carp.


Cadmium Hypophthalmichthys molitrix 96hLC50 Energy homeostasis Sublethal exposure 



This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31100282) and Special Fund for Agro-Scientific Research in the Public Interest (No. 201503108).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Collaborative Innovation Center for Efficient and Health Production of Fisheries in Hunan Province, Hunan Engineering Technology Research Center of Featured Aquatic Resources Utilization, College of Animal Science and TechnologyHunan Agricultural UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.Center of Environment and Water Resources, College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina

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