DAO 45:203-207 (2001)  -  doi:10.3354/dao045203

Depletion of praziquantel in plasma and muscle tissue of cultured rockfish Sebastes schlegeli after oral and bath treatment

Ki Hong Kim1,*, Chun Soo Kim1, Jin-Woo Kim2

1Department of Aquatic Life Medicine, College of Fisheries Science, Pukyong National University, Pusan 608-737, Korea
2Pathology Division, National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, Pusan 619-900, Korea

ABSTRACT: Depletion of praziquantel in plasma and muscle tissue after oral and bath treatments was studied in cultured rockfish Sebastes schlegeli. In the oral treatment, a single dose of 400 mg praziquantel kg-1 body weight was administered by intubation of the stomach. A bath treatment at 100 ppm of praziquantel for 4 min was also carried out. Plasma and muscle tissue samples were collected at 3, 6, 12, 24, 48, 72, 96, 120, 144 and 168 h post-treatment, and analyzed for praziquantel by reversed-phase HPLC using diazepam as the internal standard. Following oral treatment, praziquantel was detected in plasma and muscle tissue until 96 h after treatment. In plasma the praziquantel concentration was highest at the 9 h sampling time and declined sharply at the 48 h sampling point. The concentrations of praziquantel in the muscle tissue were lower than those in the plasma, and the highest value was found at the 9 h sampling time. Following bath treatment, praziquantel was found in plasma and muscle tissue until 72 and 24 h after treatment, respectively. In plasma the praziquantel concentration was highest at the 12 h sampling time and declined sharply thereafter. The concentrations of praziquantel in the muscle tissue were significantly lower than those in the plasma, and the concentrations declined consistently with time.


KEY WORDS: Praziquantel · Depletion · Rerversed-phase HPLC · Plasma · Muscle · Oral and bath treatment


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