Animal Science

Research Article

Effect of nucleotide supplementation on lymphocyte DNA damage induced by dietary oxidative stress in pigs

J. Salobira1 c1, V. Rezara1, T. Pajka1 and A. Levarta1

a1 Institute of Nutrition, Department of Animal Science, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Groblje 3, 1230 Domžale, Slovenia


The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of nucleotide supplementation on the oxidative stress induced by a high proportion of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids ( PUFAs) in pigs. Twenty-four male growing pigs were penned individually and after an adaptation period divided into three groups. All groups received isocaloric daily rations composed of a basal diet supplemented with either: starch (CONT), linseed oil (LIN) and LIN and nucleotides (LIN + NUC). The experimental period lasted 21 days. Oxidative stress was evaluated by measuring the degree of lymphocyte nuclear DNA damage, the urine malondialdehyde ( MDA) excretion rate, erythrocyte glutathione peroxidase concentration and the total anti-oxidant status of plasma. Malondialdehyde concentrations in the blood and MDA urinary excretion rates were higher (P < 0·01) in animals supplemented with LIN and LIN + NUC compared with CONT animals. The degree of DNA damage in the LIN-supplemented animals was also higher (P < 0·01). Compared with the LIN-supplemented animals, nucleotide supplementation reduced (P < 0·01) the degree of DNA damage in lymphocytes to the level of the CONT group. Erythrocyte glutathione peroxidase concentration and plasma total anti-oxidant status were similar across treatments. The results of this experiment indicate that nucleotide supplementation effectively eliminates the genotoxic effects of high PUFA intakes on blood lymphocytes and demonstrates new evidence for the immunonutritive effect of nucleotides.

(Received December 29 2004)

(Accepted March 05 2005)


  • damage;
  • malondialdehyde;
  • nucleotides;
  • oxidative stress


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