Aquaculture International

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 1535–1551 | Cite as

Influence of mannan oligosaccharide supplementation on haematological and immunological responses and disease resistance of striped catfish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus Sauvage, 1878) juveniles

  • Mst. Nahid AkterEmail author
  • Roshada Hashim
  • Amalia Sutriana
  • Siti Azizah Mohd Nor


This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of mannan oligosacharide (MOS) as dietary supplement on haematological parameters, immune response and protection against Aeromonas hydrophila in striped catfish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus, Sauvage, 1878) juveniles. Triplicate groups of juvenile striped catfish (initial weight 20.41 ± 1.64 g) were fed twice per day at 2.5% of body weight for 12 weeks, with 0 (control), 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 or 0.8% MOS diets. At the end of the feeding trial, fish were intraperitoneally challenged with 1 × 106 CFU ml−1of A. hydrophila and mortalities were recorded over 21 days. The haematological and immunological parameters were assessed both in pre- and post-challenged fish groups. Dietary inclusion of MOS did not show any significant influence on the majority of the haematological parameters of striped catfish when they were not infected. But it showed a significant positive influence on some of the most important parameters, namely RBC, WBC, lymphocyte, granulocyte and lysozyme activity and survival, after a 2-week challenge with A. hydrophila. After 2-week infection with A. hydrophila, a better concentration of red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC), granulocyte, total Ig content, lysozyme activity and survival were observed when striped catfish were fed with MOS at 0.4% and above, with significantly highest at 0.6% MOS diet than the control diet. Based on the results of this study, it is concluded that supplementation of MOS at least 0.4% is sufficient to activate the immune response and makes the striped catfish more resistant to A. hydrophila infection.


Immune response Haematological parameters Mannan oligosaccharide P. hypophthalmus A. hydrophila 



Mannan oligosaccharide


Fructo oligosaccharides


Short-chain fructo oligosaccharides


Galacto oligosaccharides


Erythrocyte sedimentation rate


Packed cell volume




Red blood cell


White blood cell


Mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration


Mean corpuscular haemoglobin


Mean corpuscular volume


Sodium chloride




Polyethylene glycol


Analysis of variance


Standard deviation


Funding information

This study was financially supported by the Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSDW), Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS), the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (Project No.: 203 PBIOLOGI.6730134) and the Postgraduate Research Grant Scheme in USM (PRGS) for funding this research.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of Interest

Author A. Mst. Nahid Akter has received a grant from the Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSDW) as research fellow and a research grant from the Postgraduate Research Grant Scheme (PRGS) in USM ; author B. Roshada Hashim received a grant from the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, and the Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS) as mentor.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of FisheriesHajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology UniversityDinajpurBangladesh
  2. 2.Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversiti Sains Islam MalaysiaBandar Baru NilaiMalaysia
  3. 3.Faculty of Veterinary MedicineSyiah Kuala UniversityAcehIndonesia
  4. 4.Institute of Marine BiotechnologyUniversiti Malaysia TerengganuKuala TerengganuMalaysia

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