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Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 243 - 247

Sublethal Effects of Paraquat on Plasma Glucose Levels and Glycogen Reserves in Liver and Muscle Tissues of African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) under Laboratory Condition

Kori- Siakpere, Ovie Ovie, Adamu Adamu, Kabir Kabir, Achakpokri Achakpokri and Juliet Aghogho Aghogho    

Abstract: The effects of sublethal concentrations of paraquat (0.30, 0.15 and 0.00 mg LG1) on the plasma glucose level and glycogen reserves in the liver and muscle tissues of Clarias gariepinus were investigated using static bioassays with continuous aeration for eight (8) weeks. The glycogen reserves in the liver and muscle tissues decreased significantly (p< 0.05), the decrease being directly proportional to increase in paraquat concentrations and exposure period. On the other hand, the plasma glucose increases significantly (p< 0.05), the increase was also directly proportional to the increase in concentrations of and exposure period.

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