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The effect of fasting and refeeding on mRNA expression of PepT1 and gastrointestinal hormones regulating digestion and food intake in zebrafish (Danio rerio)
- Koven, William, Schulte, Patricia
- Fish physiology and biochemistry 2012 v.38 no.6 pp. 1565-1575
- Danio rerio, aquariums, cholecystokinin, compensatory growth, digestion, digestive tract, fish, food deprivation, food intake, gastrin-releasing peptide, gene expression, ghrelin, messenger RNA, microvilli, polymerase chain reaction, protons, quantitative analysis, refeeding, ribosomal RNA, satiety, secretion, transporters, tripeptides
- In vertebrates, a significant part of ingested protein is absorbed as di- and tripeptides through a brush border membrane proton/oligopeptide transporter protein called PepT1. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of short-term food deprivation and refeeding in adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) on gastrointestinal mRNA expression of PepT1 as well as on the satiety hormones cholecystokinin (CCK), gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and ghrelin (GHR) in order to elucidate a potential mechanism driving compensatory growth. Sixty adult zebrafish were stocked in a 40-L aquarium and fed daily a commercial flake diet to satiation for 10 days where the digestive tracts (DT) of sampled fish (n = 5) were dissected out. Samplings were repeated following 1, 2 and 5 days of food deprivation and after 1, 2 and 5 days of refeeding. The RNA was extracted from all sampled DTs and analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR for the mRNA expression of PepT1, rRNA 18S, CCK, GRP and GHR. PepT1 mRNA expression increased with successive refeedings reaching a level approximately 8 times higher than pre-fast levels. CCK, GRP and GHR mRNA levels also decreased during fasting, but increased only to pre-fasting levels with refeeding. Overall, the results suggest that PepT1 may be a contributing mechanism to compensatory growth that could influence CCK secretion and GRP and GHR activity.