The Protective Effects of L-Carnitine Against Lead (II) Acetate Toxicity in Capoeta capoeta (Guldensteadt 1773)

Yilmaz M., Koc E., Atakisi O., Harmankaya A., Ersan Y., Karaman M., ...More

KAFKAS UNIVERSITESI VETERINER FAKULTESI DERGISI, vol.22, no.4, pp.511-518, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.9775/kvfd.2015.14942
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.511-518
  • Keywords: Lead (II) acetate, L-carnitine, Capoeta capoeta, Electrophoresis, TAC, TOC, Histopathology, TILAPIA OREOCHROMIS-NILOTICUS, INDUCED OXIDATIVE STRESS, INDUCED HEPATOTOXICITY, PROTEIN, RATS, LIVER, MICE
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: No


In this study, the protective effects of L-carnitine (LC) against Lead (II) acetate (Pb(C2H3O2)(2)) toxicity in Capoeta capoeta were investigated by means of histopathologically, via electrophoretic and biochemical methods. Fish caught from Kars creek were divided into four groups, which include 10 fish each in 500 L tanks. Lead and liquid LC were added to water. Fish in the first group were adjusted as control. Fish in the II. group were applied 1 mg/L lead (as Lead (II) acetate) for 10 days. Fish in the III. group were administered 100 mg/L LC. Fish in the IV. group were administered 1 mg/L lead and 100 mg/L LC. Degenerations in liver, gill, intestine and kidney tissues were observed to reduce LC administration against the toxic effects of lead acetate. Electrophoretically, inhibitions of some protein bands in the group, which was applied lead acetate, were caused, and increases in protein expression in the group, which was applied L-carnitine, have occurred. While high a level of total protein in the group that was administered lead was found; in the group that was treated lead + LC, it was found to be lower (P<0.05). Levels of globulin in the group that was administered LC + lead were observed to be significantly lower (P<0.05). Total oxidant capacity (TOC) in lead treatment group were higher than the control group, TOC levels in lead + LC treatment group were determined to be between the control and lead group. LC was concluded to show a protective effect on Capoeta capoeta that were exposed to lead.