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Copper Nanoparticles Mitigate the Growth, Immunity, and Oxidation Resistance in Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)


The present investigation aimed to evaluate the influence of copper nanoparticles (Cu-NPs) on the growth, immunity, and oxidation resistance of common carp (3.02 ± 0.01 g, initial mean weight ± S.E.). Five groups of fish fed diets with Cu-NPs at 0, 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 mg/kg for 8 weeks. The results suggested that Cu-NPs in diets increased the growth performance and reduced FCR with linear and quadratic model (P < 0.05). Also, common carp fed Cu-NPs showed increased carcass protein, lipid, and ash contents in a dose-dependent manner (P < 0.05). The Cu accumulation in the carcass, liver, muscle, and gills increased by Cu-NPs and showed the maximum at 4 mg Cu-NPs/kg (P < 0.05). No significant alterations were found in the blood variables due to Cu-NP supplementation except for the Hb, RBCs, total protein, albumin, and globulin levels which showed the highest level in 2 mg/kg (P < 0.05). IgM level, phagocytic, lysozyme, SOD, CAT, and GPX activities were boosted by Cu-NPs with decreased malondialdehyde (MDA) content (P < 0.05). Based on regression analysis, the requirement of dietary Cu-NPs for common carp was estimated to be 2.19 to 2.91 mg/kg diet.

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Dawood, M.A.O., Eweedah, N.M., Moustafa, E.M. et al. Copper Nanoparticles Mitigate the Growth, Immunity, and Oxidation Resistance in Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio). Biol Trace Elem Res 198, 283–292 (2020).

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  • Copper nanoparticles
  • Common carp
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Immunity
  • Antioxidant