The study of ameliorative effect of dietary supplementation of vitamin C, vitamin E, and tryptophan on Labeo rohita (Cyprinidae) fry exposed to intense light

  • Nawaz Alam Khan
  • JaiGopal Sharma
  • Rina ChakrabartiEmail author


The stress ameliorating effect of dietary supplementation of vitamin C, vitamin E, and tryptophan on rohu Labeo rohita fry was evaluated. Rohu fry (1.1 ± 0.03 g) were cultured under five different feeding regimes: enriched with 0.08% vitamin C (D1), 0.02% vitamin E (D2), 1.42% tryptophan (D3), a combination of these three ingredients at similar doses (D4), and control diet (D5). Rohu fry of D5 were divided into two groups—exposed to experimental light (D5FL) and ambient light (114 ± 4 lx, D5AL). All fry (except D5AL) were exposed at light intensity of 3442 ± 648 lx. Feeding of rohu with enriched diets significantly (P < 0.05) enhanced the survival rate and average weight. A 15–25% higher survival and 1.3–1.8-fold higher average weight were recorded in rohu fed with enriched diet compared to D5FL treatment. Supplementation of vitamin C in diet (D1) of rohu resulted in 4.1-fold and 6.9-fold higher nitric oxide synthase and reduced glutathione (GSH) levels, respectively compared to the D5FL treatment. The tryptophan-enriched diet (D3) showed 5.8-fold higher melatonin and 4.4-fold lower cortisol levels in rohu compared to the D5FL treatment. Significantly (P < 0.05) higher nitric oxide synthase, GSH and melatonin, and lower cortisol, glucose, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, carbonyl protein, glutathione S-transferase, and glutathione peroxidase levels were found in D4 diet fed rohu compared to the other treatments. Reduced level of stress in D4 treatment resulted in best performance of rohu in terms of less swimming activity and higher survival and growth compared to the other treatments.


Labeo rohita Light stress Vitamin C Tryptophan Cortisol Melatonin 


Funding information

This study received financial support from Indian Council of Agricultural Research, ICAR, New Delhi, in the form of NFBSFARA project (AS-2001/2010-11) to carry out this study.

Compliance with ethical standards

The present study has been conducted following the guidelines of the Animal Ethics Committee of Department of Zoology, University of Delhi.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aqua Research Lab, Department of ZoologyUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyDelhi Technological UniversityDelhiIndia

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