In fertilized fish eggs, lipids are an energy reservoir for the embryo development and substrate for organogenesis. They occur in the cytoplasmic area and form lipid droplets (LDs), but also the yolk egg is composed of lipids and proteins. Insight on the LD formation and distribution and their interactions with other cellular organelles could provide information about the role based on the egg development. For non-destructive, macro-scale visualization of biochemical components of fish eggs, such as lipids proteins and water, near-infrared (NIR) imaging is the method of choice. Mid-infrared (MIR) and Raman spectroscopy imaging were used to provide details on chemical composition of LDs and other egg organelles. NIR imaging illustrated main compartments of the egg including membrane, LDs, yolk, relative protein, and lipid content in well-localized egg structures and their interactions with water molecules. In the yolk, a co-existence of lipids and proteins with carotenoids and carbohydrates was detected by Raman spectroscopy. Results showed a prominent decrease of unsaturated fatty acids, phospholipids, and triglycerides/cholesteryl esters content in the eggs due to the embryo development. An opposite trend of changes was observed by MIR spectroscopy for the glycogen, suggesting that consumption of lipids occurred with production of this carbohydrate. The comprehensive vibrational spectroscopic analysis based on NIR, MIR, and Raman imaging is a unique tool in studying in situ dynamic biological processes.
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