A comparison of fat-soluble antioxidants in wild and farm-reared chukar partridges (Alectoris chukar)

Karadaş F., Moller A. P. , Karageçili M. R.

COMPARATIVE BIOCHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGY A-MOLECULAR & INTEGRATIVE PHYSIOLOGY, vol.208, pp.89-94, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 208
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2017.03.015
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.89-94
  • Keywords: Antioxidant, Carotenoid, Chukar partridges, Coenzyme Q(10), Newly hatched, Retinol-esters, Vitamin A, E, Reared, Wild, RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGES, VITAMIN-E, CAROTENOID STATUS, EGG-YOLK, TISSUES, SELENIUM, EMBRYO, DIET, SUPPLEMENTATION, RUFA
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


This study assessed differences in antioxidant (carotenoid, retinol, retinol-ester, vitamin E and coenzyme Q(10)) composition of egg yolk and tissue in chukar partridges (Alectoris chukar) newly hatched from eggs of birds maintained in captivity on commercial maize-soybean based diets and birds from the wild whose diet was obtained from the natural environment. All eggs were incubated in a commercial hatchery. Day-old chicks from both groups were sacrificed and dissected for antioxidant analysis. Fat soluble antioxidant concentrations of egg yolk and tissues were determined by HPLC. Total carotenoids, retinol, alpha-tocopherol, and total vitamin E concentration of wild egg yolks were significantly higher compared to yolks from farm-reared birds (p < 0.05). However, gamma tocopherol, and coenzyme Q(10) were not significantly different in the yolks of either wild or farmed birds (p > 0.05). The concentration of total carotenoids in all tissues of wild chukar one-day old partridges was significantly higher than in farmed one-day old chukar partridge tissues (p < 0.05). Alpha tocopherol, free-retinol, retinal-esters and total vitamin A were significantly higher in most tissues of wild chukar when compared to farmed chicks (p < 0.05). Coenzyme Qio concentrations of heart, kidney and brain tissues of farm-reared chukar day old chicks were significantly higher than tissues from wild birds, although leg and breast tissues of wild chicks were significantly higher than in farmed birds (p < 0.05).