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International Journal of Zoological Research
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 213 - 217

Sublethal Effects of Paraquat on Some Plasma Organic Constituents (Metabolic Parameters) of African Catfish: Clarias gariepinus (Osteichthys-Clariidae)

Kori-Siakpere Ovie, Adamu Kabir and Okenabirhie Jennifer    

Abstract: The plasma levels of glucose, protein, cholesterol and triglyceride were determined in Clarias gariepinus exposed to sublethal concentrations of paraquat (0.30 and 0.15 mg L-1). There were significant decrease (p<0.05) in plasma glucose (showing hypoglycemia situation), plasma protein and triglyceride with a significant increase (p<0.050) in plasma cholesterol when compared with the control. These changes were directly proportional to the toxicant concentration and the exposure periods thus it is dose dependent and time-dependent.

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