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Free Content Variations of the antioxidant system during development of the cold-tolerant beetle, Tenebrio molitor

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Data relating to the peculiarities of antioxidant enzyme activities, glutathione (GSH) level and lipid peroxidation (LP) intermediates specific to at each ontogenic stage of Tenebrio molitor are presented. Metamorphosis is accompanied by a shift of prooxidant-antioxidant balance towards oxidative processes, since pupae have the highest levels of lipid peroxidation intermediates. Cold acclimation (4°C) can promote oxidative stress at the cold sensitive developmental stage – imagoes, which enhance their levels of diene conjugates and ketodienes after a 2-week cold acclimation. This enhancement is accompanied by an increase in catalase (CAT) activity. GSH levels undergo no changes in imagoes after cold acclimation. Neither larval nor pupal T. molitor show significant changes in LP product contents after cold acclimation. Chilling results in a significant increase in CAT activities in pupae, but not in larvae. GSH levels are reduced both in larvae and pupae after cold exposure. However, cold acclimation does not affect superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in any of the developmental stages of T. molitor.

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Keywords: ANTIOXIDANT SYSTEM; COLD IMPACT; LIPID PEROXIDATION; ONTOGENESIS; TENEBRIO MOLITOR

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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  • CryoLetters is a bimonthly international journal for low temperature sciences, including cryobiology, cryopreservation or vitrification of cells and tissues, chemical and physical aspects of freezing and drying, and studies involving ecology of cold environments, and cold adaptation

    The journal publishes original research reports, authoritative reviews, technical developments and commissioned book reviews of studies of the effects produced by low temperatures on a wide variety of scientific and technical processes, or those involving low temperature techniques in the investigation of physical, chemical, biological and ecological problems.

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