Jorge de Costa

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Sharpsnout seabream ability for macronutrient self-selection was studied using gelatine capsules containing pure macronutrients. In particular, the existence of non-oropharyngeal chemosensory pathways involved on protein (P), fat (F) and carbohydrate (CH) selection, as well as sharpsnout seabream response to dietary protein dilution were investigated. In a(More)
The life cycle of Nothobranchius korthausae, a Cyprinodontiformes fish, was studied in our laboratory to characterise the ageing process. Some morphological changes, such as spine curvature, skin colour, and fin and eye appearance are described. Growth and survival curves reflected a fast life cycle with rapid initial growth until 4weeks of age, after which(More)
Mitochondrial membrane composition may be a critical factor in the mechanisms of the aging process by influencing the propagation of reactions involved in mitochondrial function during periods of high stress. Changes affecting either lipid class or fatty acid compositions could affect phospholipid properties and alter mitochondrial function and cell(More)
Membrane compositions, particularly of mitochondria, could be critical factors in the mechanisms of growth and aging processes, especially during phases of high oxidative stress that result in molecular damage. In the present study, liver and mitochondrial membrane phospholipid (PL) compositions were analyzed in rainbow trout during its four first years of(More)
In recent decades, the increase in human longevity has made it increasingly important to expand our knowledge on aging. To accomplish this, the use of animal models is essential, with the most common being mouse (phylogenetically similar to humans, and a model with a long life expectancy) and Caenorhabditis elegans (an invertebrate with a short life span,(More)
1. A histochemical study using myosin ATPase, succinate dehydrogenase and alpha-glycerophosphate dehydrogenase reactions and a morphometric analysis with image analyser, was carried out in sartorius and gastrocnemius muscles of two anuran species, Rana perezi and Bufo calamita, that show different locomotor activities. 2. Four types of muscle fiber were(More)
Adult (48-week-old) and senescent (72-week-old) individually-kept Nothobranchius korthausae were used as experimental subjects to characterise circadian system (CS) function and age-related changes in senescent fish. This species was specifically chosen because it has already shown potential for use as a model system in gerontological studies. The(More)
The simultaneous effect of weight, initial density (kg/m3, temperature and O2 concentration on rainbow trout body composition (fat, protein, moisture and ash) has been studied. In 3 successive experimental phases fish were kept in different lots of varying initial weight (178-372 g), initial density (7.2-38.8 kg/m3) and temperature (15-20 degrees C). Simple(More)
Growth of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is examined in relation to simultaneous variation of initial weight, initial density, temperature and time (days). Twenty-six lots of medium weight were set up, ranging from 92 to 372 g; initial density ranged from 7.2 to 38.8 kg/m3; and temperatures from 14 degrees C in winter to 20 degrees well into spring.(More)
The simultaneous effects of initial weight, initial crowding, temperature and O2 concentration on the following ratios: relative growth rate percent (RGRP), feed efficiency (FE), protein efficiency ratio (PER) and protein productive value (PPV) were studied in the rainbow trout. Multivariant equations were obtained for each of the mentioned indices. The(More)