Age-Specific Lipid and Fatty Acid Profiles of Atlantic Salmon Juveniles in the Varzuga River

Int J Mol Sci. 2016 Jun 30;17(7):1050. doi: 10.3390/ijms17071050.


The age-specific lipid and fatty acid profiles of juvenile Atlantic salmon at different ages (0+, 1+, and 2+ years) after hatching from nests located in the mainstream of a large Arctic River, the Varzuga River, and resettling to the favorable Sobachji shoal in autumn before overwinter are herein presented. The contemporary methods of the lipid analysis were used: thin layer chromatography and gas chromatography. The results show that the stability of the regulation of important functions in developing organisms is maintained through structural alterations in lipids. These alterations can be considered as a sequence of the modifications and changes in the ratios of certain lipid classes and fatty acids constituents. In general, changes in the lipids and fatty acids (FAs) maintained the physiological limits and controls through the adaptive systems of the organism. The mechanisms of juvenile fish biochemical adaptation to the environmental conditions in the studied biotope include the modification of the energy metabolism and anabolism, and here belongs to the energy characteristics of metabolic processes.

Keywords: Arctic Rivers; Atlantic salmon; fatty acids; lipids; ontogenesis; the Varzuga River.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromatography, Gas
  • Chromatography, Thin Layer
  • Fatty Acids / analysis*
  • Lipids / analysis*
  • Rivers
  • Salmo salar / growth & development
  • Salmo salar / metabolism*


  • Fatty Acids
  • Lipids