Amino acid pattern and fatty acid composition of the most important fish in Saudi Arabia
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https://www.eduzhai.net/ International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(2): 32-41 DOI: 10.5923/j.food.20160602.02 Amino Acids Pattern and Fatty Acids Composition of the Most Important Fish Species of Saudi Arabia Shady M. ElShehawy1,2,*, Ali A. Gab-Alla1,3, Hamed M. A. Mutwally1 1Biology Department, Faculty of Applied Science, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia 2Food Industries Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt 3Marine Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt Abstract The aim of this research was to explore amino acids pattern and fatty acids composition of the most common consumed fish in Saudi Arabia. This study was just a trial to encourage Saudi residents to increase their consumption of fish and fish products. To achieve this goal, eleven fresh fish species were randomly collected from the Central Fish Market, El-Kaakia, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, beheaded, eviscerated, filleted and minced. Amino acids and fatty acids composition were determined. In case of essential amino acids (EAA), the major amino acids are lysine (4.47-6.28%), leucine (4.14-5.80%) and valine (3.23-4.37%). Predicted protein efficiency ratio (P-PER) ranged from 1.18 in Indian oil sardine to 1.84 in grey mullet. The percentage of total saturated fatty acids ranged from 34.19±1.70% in golden thread fin bream to 54.67±3.61% in grey mullet. Oleic acid (C18:1) was identified as the primary monoenoic fatty acid in all studied fish flesh samples. Total polyunsaturated fatty acids of studied fish flesh samples ranged from 20.48±1.53% to 43.19±0.17% in sabaki tilapia and golden thread fin bream, respectively. Among omega-3 (ω-3) series, C22:6 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was the most common fatty acid in all studied fish samples. Golden thread fin bream had the highest value of biological value (1.7), followed by job fish which recorded 1.41. Finally, these studied fish species were considered vital sources of essential amino acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids especially DHA, ω-3 fatty acid. The results suggested that the necessity to change the nutritive pattern of people in Saudi to encourage them to increase their fish consumption. Keywords Fish protein and oil, EAA, P-PER, PUFA and omega-3 1. Introduction Seafood is one of the most important food constituents in human nutrition and has an economic value. Besides, seafood has become a part of healthy and functional foods. It is well known that fish are important source of protein rich in essential amino acids, micro and macro elements (calcium, phosphorus, fluorine, iodine), oils that are valuable sources of energy, oil-soluble vitamins, and polyunsaturated fatty acids that have an anti-arteriosclerosis effect [Pigott & Tucker, 1990 & Usydus, et al., 2008]. In addition, seafood is a rich source of high-quality proteins, vitamins, mineral elements. It is the only the significant source in the human diet of ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), that play beneficial and protective role towards cardiovascular, chronic and inflammatory diseases [Calder, 2013 & Khawaja et al., 2014]. Fish products are similar to meat and dairy products in nutritional quality, depending on the methods used in * Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Shady M. ElShehawy) Published online at https://www.eduzhai.net Copyright © 2016 Scientific & Academic Publishing. All Rights Reserved preservation or preparation. Where the protein content of fish ranged from 15 to 20%. Fish also contains high amounts of the essential amino acids, particularly lysine in which cereals are relatively poor. Therefore fish protein can be used to complement amino acid pattern and rise the overall protein quality of a mixed diet. Moreover, the sensory properties of an otherwise bland diet can be improved through fish products, thus facilitating and contributing to greater consumption [FAO, 2013]. This is particularly true for the countries of the Arabian Gulf which are dominated by desert regions. Whereas these countries have poor agricultural potential and thus have to import large quantity of their food, they are to a large extent self-sufficient in seafood [Kadidi, et al., 1988]. Burger et al. (2014) examined fish consumption behavior and rates in Saudis and non-Saudis. They found that for Saudis, 3.7% of males and 4.3% of females do not eat fish; for non-Saudis, the percent not eating fish is 6.6% and 6.1% respectively. Saudis ate 2.2 fish meals/week, while expats ate 3.1 meals/week. Grouper (Epinephelus and Cephalopholis) were eaten by 72% and 60%, respectively. The pervious study confirmed that there was a real need to do effort for increasing the Saudis fish consumption, where 11.5kg of fish per year was the consumed amount per International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(2): 32-41 33 capita in Saudi Arabia. This ratio was very low in comparable with the world ratio (18.9kg) [FAO, 2015]. Tao et al. (2012) stated that the biochemical composition of fish is affected by many parameters such as biological variations (species, sex, size, and age), diet, environmental conditions (temperature, pH, salinity, etc.), and seasonal changes. In Saudi Arabia, Three highly handled fish in Saudi market were evaluated for their fatty acids. The fish species were locally known as Kanad, Hammour and Hammam in Saudi market. The fatty acids composition in the muscle of fish species was evaluated. C16:0 and C18:0 were the main saturated fatty acids (SFA), C18:1 and C16:1 were the main monounsaturates (MUFA), while C22:6 (DHA) and C20:5 (EPA) were the main polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) [Tawfik, 2009]. Meanwhile, in Italy, fatty acid pattern was determined in red mullet (Mullus barbatus) caught from the Central Tyrrhenian and Central Adriatic seas. The obtained results showed that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) were significantly higher in spring (30-40% of total fatty acids), when fish was lean, than in autumn (20%), while monounsaturates were significantly higher in autumn (35-38%) than in spring (18-29%). Saturated fatty acids were almost stable throughout the year (34-39% of total fatty acids). Red mullet from the two sites had a good nutritional value; in particular they proved to be a good source of ω-3 PUFA, which recorded for 75-80% of total PUFA, without taking into account the fishing season [Di Lena et al., 2016]. Another example, butter catfish (Ompok bimaculatus) has high amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids. The percentage of total polyunsaturated fatty acids was 40.92% followed by 26.54% of total monounsaturated fatty acids, indicating excellent nutritive value of this fish species. Amino acids analysis showed that fish flesh contains significant amount of some essential amino acids such as leucine, lysine, threonine, phenylalanine, valine and isoleucine. The ratio between essential and non-essential amino acid is 0.89 indicating its high protein quality [Sayad et al., 2016]. An investigation into amino acids pattern in three species of Nigerian fish: Clarias anguillaris, Oreochromis niloticus and Cynoglossus senegalensis was carried out. The obtained results indicated that the most common amino acid was glutamic acid (10.8-11.8% of crude protein) and leucine was the most abundant essential amino acid (5.80-6.47% of crude protein). While total amino acid content was 61.8-63.7% of crude protein, the total essential amino acid content recorded 48.6-50.0% with histidine, but 45.8-47.0% without histidine [Adeyeye, 2009]. Finfish have higher levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids and lower levels of saturated fatty acids than other sources of protein. The proportion of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids in beef are approximately 40-45%, 50% and 4-10% [Sabry, 1990]. The fatty acid composition of chicken (30-35% saturates, 35-40% monounsaturates, and 25-30% polyunsaturates) comes between that of fish and beef. Dairy products have higher saturated fat component (40-65%), similar monounsaturated percentage (30-45%), and much lower polyunsaturated levels (5%) than fish. Protein efficiency ratio (PER) is a measure of protein quality, usually calculated by putting young animals on diets with many test proteins and noticing their growth (PER = gain in body weight (in grams)/grams of protein consumed). The P-PER of fish (3.55) is higher than beef (2.30) and milk proteins (casein=2.50) and close to egg (3.92) [Sheeshka & Murkin, 2010]. The aim of this work was to explore amino acids pattern and fatty acids profile of the most common consumed fish in Saudi Arabia. And to encourage Saudi residents to increase their consumption of fish and fish products. 2. Materials and Methods 2.1. Materials Three replicates of eleven fresh fish species were randomly collected from the Central Fish Market, El-Kaakia, Makkah, Saudi Arabia during spring 2015. They were classified and named as follows: grey mullet Liza ramada, sabaki tilapia Oreochromis spilurus, indian oil sardine Sardinella longiceps, golden thread fin bream Nemipterus japonicas, gilt head bream Sparus aurata, asian seabass Lates calcarifer, job fish Apharus rutilanus, spangled emperor Lethrinus nebuloses, dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus, rusty parrot fish Scarus ferrugineus and half spotted grouper Cephalopholis hemistiktos. These species are commonly consumed by the local population in Saudi Arabia. Fish samples were mixed with soft ice, put in ice box and transported to Biology department Lab, Faculty of Applied Science, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah. 2.2. Methods Samples preparation: All fish samples were manually beheaded, eviscerated and filleted. Muscle tissues, below the dorsal fin were taken as the samples. The fish flesh was minced. Moisture content was determined, then fish flesh was dried at 70°C, grinded and stored at -18°C until chemical analysis. 2.3. Chemical Analysis Amino acids pattern: Amino acids pattern of fish flesh samples was analyzed out in Food and Feed Quality Laboratory, Regional Center For Food and Feed (RCFF), Agricultural Research Center, Egypt using the method described by AOAC (2012). Fish flesh samples were digested using 6N HCl for 24 h. Amino acids were determined using the Beckman Amino Acid Analyzer (model 6300; Beckman Coulter Inc., Fullerton, Calif., USA) employing sodium citrate buffers as step gradients with the cation exchange post-column ninhydrin derivatization method. The data were calculated as grams of amino acid per 100g crude protein of fish 34 Shady M. ElShehawy et al.: Amino Acids Pattern and Fatty Acids Composition of the Most Important Fish Species of Saudi Arabia sample. The predicted protein efficiency ratio (P-PER) was calculated using one of the equations of Alsmeyer et al. (1974) as adapted by Adeyeye (2009). P-PER = -0.468 + 0.454(Leu) - 0.105(Tyr) Fish oil extract: Fish oil was extracted from dried minced fish samples using the method described by Bligh and Dyer (1959). Extracted oil was kept into dark glass bottles at -18ºC until fatty acids analysis. Fatty acids composition: Fatty acids profile of fish oil samples was analyzed out in The Central Laboratory Unit, High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University, Egypt. Preparation of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) was carried out according to Siew et al. (1995) and Jumat et al. (2006). A standard mixture of fatty acid methyl esters were used to identify of the peaks by their retention time. The different fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) were determined and identified using a gas chromatography (Hewlett Packard 6890) equipped with a flame ionization detector (FID). A HP-5 column (30m, 0.32mm ID, 0.25µm film thickness) [5% diphenyl, 95% dimethyl polysiloxane] was used. The detector and injector temperatures were 280ºC and 220ºC, respectively. Sample size 3 µl, spilt ratio 50:1. Nitrogen was used as carrier gas at a flow rate of 1 ml/min. Oven temperature was programmed as: - Set point (initial temperature) 150ºC for 2 Min. - Rate 10ºC/min to 200ºC. - Rate 5ºC/min to 250ºC and hold for 9 Min. The concentrations of fatty acids were calculated as following equation: Fatty acid% = peak area ÷ overall area of peaks × 100. 2.4. Statistical Analysis Statistical analysis such as mean, standard error and analysis of variance (one way ANOVA) test were done using SPSS (2008) version 17 program for windows. While comparisons were made using Duncan's test at P<0.05 level of significance. 3. Results and Discussion Amino acids composition (g/100g crude protein) of the most important studied fish flesh samples were presented in Table (1). Results reflected that glutamic acid (14.47-15.89%) is the abundant amino acid as a percentage of total amino acids followed by aspartic acid (8.98-10.78%) compared to other amino acids. Data in Table (1) had been expressed in grams of amino acid per 100g of fish sample. Table (1). Amino acids content (g/100g crude protein) of studied fish flesh samples Amino acids Fish species Aspartic acid ASP Threonine THR Serine SER Glutamic acid GLU Proline PRO Glycine GLY Grey mullet Liza ramada 6.79±0.46ab 3.33±0.06ab 2.98±0.01a 10.10±0.14a 2.59±0.02abc 3.75±0.03abc Sabaki tilapia Oreochromis spilurus 6.56±0.80abcd 3.17±0.39abc 2.65±0.29abc 9.27±1.23abc 2.44±0.33abc 3.40±0.40bcd Indian oil sardine Sardinella longiceps 5.44±0.11d 2.66±0.08c 2.36±0.06c 7.88±0.11c 2.79±0.16abc 3.92±0.13ab Golden thread fin bream Nemipterus japonicus 7.06±0.11ab 3.49±0.02ab 2.93±0.03ab 10.54±0.12a 2.63±0.19abc 3.42±0.01bcd Gilt head bream Sparus aurata 6.74±0.10abc 3.49±0.03ab 2.96±0.03a 9.90±0.37ab 2.61±0.06abc 3.53±0.02abc Asian seabass Lates calcarifer 6.97±0.02ab 3.39±0.02ab 2.89±0.03ab 10.29±0.03a 2.94±0.04ab 4.01±0.07a Job fish Apharus rutilanus 6.63±0.21abc 3.48±0.05ab 2.90±0.10ab 9.74±0.39ab 2.79±0.31abc 3.36±0.08bcd Spangled emperor Lethrinus nebuloses 5.60±0.31cd 2.71±0.17c 2.29±0.13c 8.32±0.33bc 2.15±0.32c 2.69±0.15e Dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus 6.06±0.20bcd 2.93±0.13bc 2.50±0.10bc 8.86±0.36abc 2.30±0.09bc 2.88±0.11de Rusty parrot fish Scarus ferrugineus 6.91±0.40ab 3.32±0.27ab 2.84±0.23ab 10.37±0.80a 2.62±0.25abc 3.26±0.28cd Half spotted grouper Cephalopholis hemistiktos 7.26±0.20a 3.52±0.08a 2.87±0.02ab 10.54±0.18a 3.01±0.13a 3.75±0.12abc F value 3.09 3.84 3.88 3.39 1.61 6.07 Mean values ± standard error (n=3). Means of samples having the same letter(s) within a column are not significantly different (P<0.05). Alanine ALA 5.36±0.13a 4.94±0.56abc 4.38±0.07abc 4.94±0.14abc 4.58±0.18abc 5.28±0.11a 5.14±0.18ab 4.02±0.33c 4.17±0.27bc 4.77±0.52abc 5.33±0.13a 2.72 International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(2): 32-41 35 Table (1). Continue Amino acids Fish species Grey mullet Liza ramada Sabaki tilapia Oreochromis spilurus Indian oil sardine Sardinella longiceps Golden thread fin bream Nemipterus japonicus Gilt head bream Sparus aurata Asian seabass Lates calcarifer Job fish Apharus rutilanus Spangled emperor Lethrinus nebuloses Dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus Rusty parrot fish Scarus ferrugineus Half spotted grouper Cephalopholis hemistiktos F value Valine VAL 4.37±0.13a 3.78±0.41abc 3.39±0.06bc 4.13±0.03a 4.10±0.27a 3.82±0.03abc 3.98±0.13ab 3.23±0.23c 3.37±0.13bc 3.82±0.31abc 3.85±0.09abc 3.09 Isoleucine ILE 3.74±0.04ab 3.28±0.40ab 2.64±0.04ab 3.55±0.02ab 3.65±0.13ab 3.57±0.05ab 3.84±0.01a 2.87±0.20ab 3.08±0.16ab 3.43±0.29ab 2.04±1.58b 1.17 Leucine LEU 5.80±0.20a 5.34±0.66ab 4.14±0.05c 5.63±0.00a 5.63±0.29a 5.48±0.07a 5.53±0.20a 4.50±0.21bc 4.83±0.18abc 5.49±0.48a 5.69±0.13a 3.54 Tryptophan TYR 3.08±0.07a 2.68±0.31ab 2.16±0.03c 3.02±0.03a 2.97±0.03a 2.92±0.06a 3.04±0.12a 2.41±0.21bc 2.60±0.12abc 2.89±0.24ab 2.95±0.07a 4.14 Phenylalanine PHE 3.29±0.04a 3.17±0.28ab 2.52±0.09c 3.36±0.05a 3.23±0.10a 3.22±0.03a 3.15±0.05ab 2.50±0.11c 2.71±0.13bc 3.08±0.29ab 3.40±0.10a 5.34 Histidine HIS 2.32±0.10a 2.06±0.25abc 2.02±0.11abcd 1.83±0.00cde 2.21±0.02ab 1.93±0.01bcde 2.02±0.02abcd 1.58±0.12e 1.66±0.07de 1.79±0.16cde 1.90±0.04bcde 4.26 Lysine LYS 6.22±0.23a 5.86±0.65ab 4.47±0.02c 6.26±0.04a 6.08±0.34ab 6.02±0.07ab 5.85±0.17ab 5.10±0.19bc 5.36±0.18abc 6.10±0.48ab 6.28±0.17a 3.84 Arginine ARG 4.80±0.07ab 4.29±0.52abc 3.67±0.04c 4.72±0.01ab 4.68±0.12ab 4.65±0.02ab 4.72±0.11ab 3.71±0.13c 4.06±0.19bc 4.56±0.44ab 4.95±0.09a 3.87 Mean values ± standard error (n=3). Means of samples having the same letter(s) within a column are not significantly different (P<0.05). In case of essential amino acids (EAA), the major amino acids are lysine (4.47-6.28%), leucine (4.14-5.80%), valine (3.23-4.37%) followed by threonine (2.66-3.52%) and phenylalanine (2.5-3.36%) which have a close link with previous results found in butter catfish [Sayad et al., 2016]. On the other hand, non-essential amino acids (NEAA) such as arginine, histidine, alanine and glycine were found to range from 3.67% in Indian oil sardine to 4.95% in half spotted grouper, 1.58% in spangled emperor to 2.32% in grey mullet, 4.02% in spangled emperor to 5.36% in grey mullet and 2.69% in spangled emperor to 4.01% in Asian seabass, respectively. Moreover, spangled emperor sample had the least value of serine (2.29%), while grey mullet sample had the highest value recorded 2.98%. Proline ranged from 2.15% in spangled emperor to 3.01% in half spotted grouper. The ratio between EAA to NEAA is an index to define the quality of the protein [Swendseid et al., 1963]. Optimal EAA to NEAA ratio has been stated in gilt head sea bream (Sparus aurata) which is 0.71 and signify a high quality protein; on the other hand a very high ratio was recorded in squid roe recorded 0.93 and a low value was reported in sea urchin roe (0.65) [Pinto et al., 2007]. The total essential amino acids content without methionine and tryptophan (which were not determined) ranged from 24.00 g/100g crude protein in Indian oil sardine to 32.15 g/100g crude protein in grey mullet, while total non-essential amino acids content ranged from 28.78 to 37.71 g/100g crude protein in spangled emperor and half spotted grouper, respectively. These previous results were close to the value for egg reference protein (56.6 g/100g crude protein) [Paul et al., 1980]. The current contents of TEAA are comparable to some literature values; i.e. 35.1 (Zonocerus variegatus) and 35.0 (Macrotermes bellicosus) [Adeyeye, 2005a, b]. The EAA to NEAA ratio of studied fish flesh samples were calculated to range from 0.79 in half spotted grouper and Indian oil sardine to 0.90 in gilt head bream (Figure 1). These ratios were in accordance with those obtained by Pinto et al. (2007). The higher value represents excellent protein quality. The predicted protein efficiency ratio (P-PER) of studied fish flesh samples were calculated and illustrated in Figure (2). From illustrated data, it could be seen that P-PER ratio ranged from 1.18 in Indian oil sardine to 1.84 in grey mullet. Generally, all of P-PER ratios were comparable to 2.22 (C. anguillaris), 1.92 (O. niloticus) and 1.89 (C. senegalensis) [Adeyeye, 2009]. Statistical analysis showed that there were significant 36 Shady M. ElShehawy et al.: Amino Acids Pattern and Fatty Acids Composition of the Most Important Fish Species of Saudi Arabia differences at P<0.05 between all studied fish species in some amino acids content. For example, F value was 1.17 in isoleucine and 6.07 in glycine. Dietary protein plays an important function providing amino acids for the bio built of the body proteins. It is very important to provide all essential amino acids to human in an appropriate amount for optimal protein synthesis. Fish proteins comprise all the essential amino acids necessary for human nutrition which expand the overall protein quality of a diet [Mohanty & Kaushik, 1991]. Gas chromatography was used to establish identities of fatty acids extracted from studied fresh fish flesh samples. Results reported in Table (2) showed mean of saturated fatty acids profile (%) of the eleven studied fish flesh as percentage of total fatty acid methyl esters, standard error and significance between all studied species. Figure (3) showed standards and examples of fatty acids gas chromatography chromatogram. The percentage of total saturated fatty acids of studied fish were higher than 50% for most fish species which ranged from 34.19±1.70 % in golden thread fin bream to 54.67±3.61 % in grey mullet. Meanwhile, palmitic acid (C16:0) was the primary saturated fatty acid, contributing 46.27% and 61.83% of total saturated fatty acids of the lipids for gilt head bream and grey mullet, respectively. Stearic acid (C18:0) came in the second order in saturated fatty acids, which ranged from 11.05±0.89% in golden thread fin bream to 24.78±0.50% in sabaki tilapia. Meristic acid (C14:0) came in the third order of saturated fatty acids (0.92±0.23 - 9.04±1.54). Figure (1). Essential amino acids (EAA), non-essential amino acids (NEAA) and EAA/NEAA ratio of studied fish flesh samples Figure (2). Leucine and tyramine content (g/100g crude protein) and predicted protein efficiency ratio (P-PER) of studied fish flesh samples International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(2): 32-41 37 Figure (3). Fatty acids GC chromatograms, A: Standard chromatogram, B: asian seabass, C: half spotted grouper and D: indian oil sardine Table (2). Saturated fatty acids profile (%) of studied fish flesh samples as percentage of total fatty acid methyl esters Fish species Fatty acids Grey mullet Liza ramada Sabaki tilapia Oreochromis spilurus Indian oil sardine Sardinella longiceps Golden thread fin bream Nemipterus japonicus Gilt head bream Sparus aurata Asian seabass Lates calcarifer Job fish Apharus rutilanus Spangled emperor Lethrinus nebuloses Dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus Rusty parrot fish Scarus ferrugineus Half spotted grouper Cephalopholis hemistiktos F value C14:0 3.18±0.52 1.76±0.17 9.04±1.54 2.01±0.18 2.70±0.18 4.53±0.64 0.41±0.00 3.25±1.34 1.48±0.91 0.92±0.23 4.47±0.37 8.72 C15:0 0.92±0.08 0.00±0.00 0.75±0.00 0.52±0.13 0.31±0.01 0.43±0.10 1.00±0.11 0.94±0.01 0.69±0.05 0.28±0.00 0.71±0.02 11.14 C16:0 33.80±1.86a 24.88±1.92cde 31.73±1.02ab 23.78±1.18de 22.54±1.19e 24.19±1.77de 23.23±0.60e 26.76±0.66bcde 30.80±3.38abc 27.83±3.86abcde 29.86±0.67abcd 3.91 C17:0 2.47±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.79±0.02 1.08±0.05 1.84±0.18 2.07±0.05 1.91±0.14 1.20±0.53 1.92±0.13 5.19 C18:0 15.82±1.18bc 24.78±0.50a 11.73±0.40c 11.05±0.89c 22.02±0.87a 22.06±2.87a 13.64±1.23cd 17.55±0.80b 16.61±0.64bc 23.75±0.51a 16.73±0.72bc 16.68 Total Saturated 54.67±3.61a 51.41±2.01a 52.94±2.51a 37.19±1.70b 48.71±1.78a 52.31±4.49a 40.17±0.86b 51.27±0.65a 51.86±1.98a 54.14±4.25a 54.03±0.24a 5.09 Mean values ± standard error (n=3). Means of samples having the same letter(s) within a column are not significantly different (P<0.05). 38 Shady M. ElShehawy et al.: Amino Acids Pattern and Fatty Acids Composition of the Most Important Fish Species of Saudi Arabia Table (3). Monounsaturated fatty acids profile (%) of studied fish flesh samples as percentage of total fatty acid methyl esters Fatty acids Fish species Grey mullet Liza ramada Sabaki tilapia Oreochromis spilurus Indian oil sardine Sardinella longiceps Golden thread fin bream Nemipterus japonicus Gilt head bream Sparus aurata Asian seabass Lates calcarifer Job fish Apharus rutilanus Spangled emperor Lethrinus nebuloses Dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus Rusty parrot fish Scarus ferrugineus Half spotted grouper Cephalopholis hemistiktos F value C14:1 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.20±0.04 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 4.19±0.16 1.81±1.77 4.07±0.41 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 9.03 C16:1 5.49±0.64a 1.39±0.20de 4.29±0.30b 1.35±0.17de 1.81±0.08cde 2.62±0.24cd 2.31±0.13cd 2.86±0.64c 3.05±0.51c 0.63±0.13e 2.37±0.60cd 12.55 C18:1 10.21±0.74c 22.20±0.87a 6.09±1.23d 11.84±1.90c 21.61±1.01a 17.06±1.38b 7.29±0.28d 7.02±0.61d 5.65±0.54d 6.69±0.50d 6.89±0.72d 39.83 C20:1 0.00±0.00 4.50±0.14 11.34±0.39 6.43±0.79 3.70±0.11 4.14±0.49 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 46.80 Total monounsaturated 16.28±0.73de 28.10±0.77a 21.92±1.45bc 19.62±1.53cd 27.59±1.14a 24.59±2.75ab 14.19±0.49ef 11.25±0.98fg 11.42±2.30fg 7.31±0.53g 9.26±1.25g 26.49 Mean values ± standard error (n=3). Means of samples having the same letter(s) within a column are not significantly different (P<0.05). Table (4). Polyunsaturated fatty acids profile (%) of studied fish flesh samples as percentage of total fatty acid methyl esters Fatty acids Fish species Grey mullet Liza ramada Sabaki tilapia Oreochromis spilurus Indian oil sardine Sardinella longiceps Golden thread fin bream Nemipterus japonicus Gilt head bream Sparus aurata Asian seabass Lates calcarifer Job fish Apharus rutilanus Spangled emperor Lethrinus nebuloses Dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus Rusty parrot fish Scarus ferrugineus Half spotted grouper Cephalopholis hemistiktos F value C18:2 w6 7.79±0.90d 13.38±0.63ab 6.48±1.03de 8.34±0.76cd 15.86±0.83a 11.17±1.35bc 4.01±0.31e 6.35±1.86de 3.33±0.74e 3.35±0.80e 3.48±0.50e 18.82 C18:3 1.03±0.37 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 1.54±0.34 0.15±0.02 0.11±0.00 0.18±0.03 0.30±0.08 0.23±0.07 0.19±0.00 0.41±0.07 6.40 C20:3w3 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 7.48±0.82 C20:3w6 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 C20:5w3 8.52±2.76 1.49±0.26 0.00±0.00 C22:6w3 10.42±1.69fg Total polyunsaturated 29.11±4.36cd 5.61±0.77g 20.48±1.53de 11.17±0.52efg 25.14±1.99de 5.49±0.62 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 27.82±1.24a 43.19±0.17a 0.00±0.00 1.74±0.51 4.65±0.20 5.29±0.42 0.00±0.00 1.42±0.00 7.09±0.71 8.17±0.17 0.00±0.00 0.00±0.00 0.16±0.02 0.46±0.19 6.41±0.64g 9.59±0.50fg 26.43±0.52ab 13.54±1.90ef 23.70±0.98de 23.13±1.87de 42.51±0.48a 34.09±0.88bc 3.16±0.35 5.12±0.18 0.44±0.00 22.28±4.22bc 34.26±3.85bc 6.59±0.54 10.89±0.58 0.00±0.00 16.27±2.26de 37.69±3.44ab 2.61±0.44 13.54 3.58±1.24 16.90 0.00±0.00 6.23 20.87±0.53cd 20.35 32.67±0.76bc 11.56 Mean values ± standard error (n=3). Means of samples having the same letter(s) within a column are not significantly different (P<0.05). International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering 2016, 6(2): 32-41 39 Eboh et al. (2006) reported that palmitic acid was the most common in all species with mean values of 8.50% (catfish), 31.90% (tilapia), 36.20% (ilisha), 37.50% (bonga fish) and 9.94% (mudskipper). In general, fish are comparatively low in saturated fatty acids (<30%), except for certain species. This higher SFA content in this study was probably due to the high temperature in Saudi Arabia [Ackman, 1989]. These previous findings were in close link with those obtained by Zuraini et al. (2006) and Tawfik (2009). Statistical analysis showed there were significant differences at P<0.05 between all studied fish species in C16:0, C18:0 and TSF with F value of 3.91, 16.68 and 5.09, respectively. Table (3) showed monounsaturated fatty acids profile (%) of the studied fish flesh sample as percentage of total fatty acid methyl esters. Oleic acid (C18:1) was identified as the primary monoenoic fatty acid in all studied fish flesh samples. The highest value of oleic acid was found in sabaki tilapia sample representing 22.20±0.87%, while the least value was noticed in dusky grouper sample recorded 5.65±0.54%. The second monounsaturated fatty acid was C16:1 which ranged from 0.63% in rusty parrot fish to 5.49% in grey mullet. However, total monounsaturated fatty acids showed wide range in the elven studied fish samples where it ranged from 7.31% to 28.10% in rusty parrot fish and sabaki tilapia, respectively. Statistical analysis showed there were significant differences at P<0.05 between all studied fish species in C18:1, C16:1 and total monounsaturated fatty acids with F value of 39.83, 12.55 and 26.49, respectively. These results were similar to those reported by Tawfik (2009). Mean of polyunsaturated fatty acids profile (%) of studied fish flesh samples were presented in Table (4). Tabulated data showed that total polyunsaturated fatty acids of studied fish flesh samples ranged from 20.48±1.53% to 43.19 ± 0.17% in sabaki tilapia and golden thread fin bream, respectively. Moreover, there were significant differences at P<0.05 between all fish species in total polyunsaturated fatty acids with F value of 11.56. Among ω-6 series of the fatty acids, gilt head bream sample had the highest level of C18:2 ω-6 (15.86% represented 66.92% of total polyunsaturated fatty acids), in despite of the low value of TPUFA recorded 23.70%. On the other hand, dusky grouper had the least value of C18:2 ω-6 (3.33±0.74%). C20:3 ω-6 fatty acid was also present in six samples of the studied fish with highest value of 10.89% in rusty parrot fish. Among ω-3 series, C22:6 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was the most common fatty acid in all studied fish samples. It recorded the highest value in golden thread fin bream (27.82±1.24%), followed by job fish (26.43%) without any significant differences. While, it was 5.61±0.77% in sabaki tilapia (the least value), followed by gilt head bream (6.41%). In addition, C20:5 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) ω-3 ranged from 0.44% to 8.52% in rusty parrot fish and grey mullet, respectively. Among the total percentage of ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, it is higher than ω-6 in all studied fish species except in sabaki tilapia, gilt head bream and Asian seabass. As referred in earlier research, fish contain high amounts of ω-3 and low amounts of ω-6 PUFA. The lipids of marine fish are characterized by their high ratio of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as the nutritionally important EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are highly susceptible to autoxidation because of their high degree of unsaturation [Gunstone & Norris, 1983]. Biological value is an index of nutritional evaluation of oil or fat calculating as a ratio between total unsaturated fatty acids and total saturated fatty acids. The increase of biological value, the high nutritional value of fat or oil occurred. Total unsaturated fatty acids, total saturated fatty acids and biological value of studied fish flesh samples were illustrated in Figure (4). Figure (4). Total saturated, total unsaturated fatty acids and biological value of studied fish flesh samples as percentage of total fatty acid methyl esters 40 Shady M. ElShehawy et al.: Amino Acids Pattern and Fatty Acids Composition of the Most Important Fish Species of Saudi Arabia From obtained results it could be noticed that total saturated fatty acids ranged from 37.19% in golden thread fin bream to 54.67% in grey mullet. Meanwhile, the highest value of total unsaturated fatty acids was found in golden thread fin bream (62.81%), the least value was recorded in half spotted grouper (41.94%). Consequently, golden thread fin bream had the highest value of biological value (1.7), followed by job fish which recorded 1.41. It has been reported that fish feed was the main factor that influence on the type and amount of fatty acids in fish tissues, but other factor may also affect on their fatty acid composition. Size or age, reproductive status, geographic location and season all influence fat content and composition of fish muscle [Ackman, 1989 & Satio, et al., 1999]. 4. Conclusions Taking into account all previous findings, it could be concluded that all studied fish species highly found in Saudi Arabia and Arabian Gulf countries had higher nutritive value as compared with other pervious studied animals such as camels, cows, lambs and chickens. These fish species were considered vital sources of essential amino acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids especially DHA, ω-3 fatty acid. 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