Effects of Selenium-Deprived Habitat on the Immune Index and Antioxidant Capacity of Przewalski’s Gazelle


Przewalski’s gazelle (Procapra przewalskii) is an endangered ungulate in the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau of China. This study aimed to determine the influence of selenium (Se) deprivation in the natural habitat on the immune index and antioxidant capacity of P. przewalskii. Samples of soil and forage were collected from affected and healthy areas, and animal tissues were collected from affected and healthy P. przewalskii. The samples were used for measuring mineral content and for hematological and biochemical analyses. The results showed that Se concentrations were significantly lower in the soil and mixed forage samples from the affected area than in those from the healthy area. The Se concentrations were significantly lower in blood and hair samples from affected P. przewalskii than in those from healthy P. przewalskii. Meanwhile, hemoglobin, packed cell volume, and platelet count of affected P. przewalskii were significantly lower than those of healthy P. przewalskii. The serum level of glutathione peroxidase and total antioxidant capacity were significantly lower and the serum levels of malondialdehyde, total nitric oxide synthase, and lipid peroxide were significantly higher in affected P. przewalskii. The serum levels of interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-2, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, immunoglobulin A (IgA), and IgG significantly decreased and the serum levels of IL-6 and IgM significantly reduced in affected P. przewalskii compared with healthy P. przewalskii. Therefore, the findings indicated that Se deprivation in soil and forage caused oxidative stress damage and posed a serious threat to the immune function of P. przewalskii.

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This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41671041) and the Project of National Key Research and Development Program of China in the 13th five-year plan (2016YFC0502601).

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Huo, B., He, J. & Shen, X. Effects of Selenium-Deprived Habitat on the Immune Index and Antioxidant Capacity of Przewalski’s Gazelle. Biol Trace Elem Res 198, 149–156 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12011-020-02070-6

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  • Procapra przewalskii
  • Se-deprived environment
  • Antioxidant function
  • Immunity
  • The Qinghai Lake Basin