Effect of temperature in multiple biomarkers of oxidative stress in coastal shrimp

Catarina Vinagre, Diana Madeira, Vanessa Mendonça, Marta Dias, Mário Emanuel Campos de Sousa Diniz, Joma Roma

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Various studies in captivity and in the wild have pointed to the effect of season, and temperature in particular, in the levels of the oxidative stress biomarkers currently used for environmental quality assessment. However, knowledge on how temperature affects the oxidative stress response is unavailable for most species. This study investigated the effect of increasing temperature on lipid peroxidation, catalase activity, superoxide dismutase and glutathione-S-transferase in the shrimps, Palaemon elegans and Palaemon serratus. It was concluded that increasing temperatures significantly affect all the biomarkers tested in both species, with the exception of superoxide dismutase in P. serratus which was not affected by temperature. The oxidative stress response was more intense in P. elegans, than in P. serratus, producing higher peaks of all biomarkers at temperatures between 22°C and 26°C, followed by low levels at higher temperatures. It was concluded that monitoring of ecosystems using oxidative stress biomarkers should take into account the species and thermal history of the organisms. Sampling should be avoided during heat waves and immediately after heat waves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-42
JournalJournal Of Thermal Biology
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


  • Biomarkers
  • Catalase
  • Climate warming
  • Glutathione-S-transferase
  • Habitat quality assessment
  • Lipid peroxidation
  • Superoxide dismutase

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