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Journal of Veterinary Medical Science

Itsuro Kazama
By simply adding a high concentration of calcium solution to the surface of the bullfrog heart, we reproduced electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities representing those observed in hypercalcemia, such as Osborn waves and shortening of the QT interval. The rise in extracellular calcium concentration may have activated the outward potassium currents during phase 3 of the action potential, and thus decreased its duration. In addition to the known decrease in the duration of phase 2, such changes in phase 3 were also likely to contribute to the shortening of the QT interval...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Katsuhiko Fukai, Tatsuya Nishi, Nobuaki Shimada, Kazuki Morioka, Manabu Yamada, Kazuo Yoshida, Kenichi Sakamoto, Rie Kitano, Reiko Yamazoe, Makoto Yamakawa
The effectiveness of a vaccine preserved for emergency use in Japan was analyzed under experimental conditions using cows and pigs in order to retrospectively evaluate the effectiveness of the emergency vaccination performed in the 2010 epidemic in Japan. Cows and pigs were administered a vaccine preserved for emergency use in Japan at 3 or 30 days before virus infection (dbv) and were subsequently infected with the foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) O/JPN/2010, which was isolated in the 2010 epidemic in Japan...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Kazufumi Kasuya, Tilusha Manchanayake, Kei Uenoyama, Sayaka Kawa, Kou Takayama, Naoto Imai, Tomoyuki Shibahara
An imported crossbred Angus beef steer aged eight to twelve months died suddenly on the eighth day of a quarantine period in Japan. Gross examination showed the peritoneum and mesentery consisted of numerous nodules of various sizes. Histological examination revealed chronic suppurative granulomatous peritonitis with eosinophilic rosettes surrounding colonies of Gram-negative bacilli. The bacteria isolated from the nodules were confirmed to be Actinobacillus lignieresii based on the results of 16S rRNA gene sequencing and immunohistochemistry...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Mariko Uchiyama, Yohko Shimazaki, Yukari Isshiki, Akemi Kojima, Fumiya Hirano, Kinya Yamamoto, Mayumi Kijima, Hidetaka Nagai
To characterize the Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae Met-203 type surface protective antigen (Spa) A strains causing swine erysipelas in Japan, the nucleotide sequence of the hypervariable region of the spaA gene was determined in 80 E. rhusiopathiae (serotype 1a) isolates collected from pigs with chronic and subacute swine erysipelas in 14 prefectures in 2008-2014. In this study, 14 (17.5%) isolates were Met-203 type SpaA strains. We confirmed the pathogenicity of a Met-203 type SpaA strain in specific-pathogen-free pigs...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Nobuhide Kido, Iori Itagaki, Daisuke Kiryu, Tomoko Omiya, Kaori Ono
Two radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) exhibited anorexia and hypokinesia. In both cases, hematological and serum biochemical examinations revealed high alkaline phosphatase levels, moderately high aspartate aminotransferase levels and white blood cell counts approximately within the normal range. Despite being treated, the tortoises died 9 and 43 days after the first clinical examination. Gross pathological examinations revealed that the livers of both animals were extremely swollen and contained pale yellow necrotic tissue...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Chunyan Shao, Heng Wang, Xiaodu Wang, Sheng Jiang, Jing Sun, Houhui Song, Jianji Li
Endometritis is a common puerperal disease in livestock. Thus, a practical clinical test for the establishment of diagnosis is needed. We developed a goat model for subclinical endometritis diagnosis by examining cytological, ultrastructural features and molecular expression in cervical discharge collected by cervical cytobrush method. A suspension of E. coli was infused into the uterine horn of goats, and cervical discharge, peripheral blood and endomertrial biopsy samples were collected before inoculation and at 3, 6, 12, 24, 72, 120 and 168 hr post-inoculation (pi)...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Naotaka Ishiguro, Yasuo Inoshima, Motoki Sasaki
A Canis skull, right half of the mandible and part of the left half of the mandible were subjected to three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) observation and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis in order to determine whether the specimens belonged to the extinct Japanese wolf, Canis lupus hodophilax (Temminck, 1839). Osteometric analysis of the skull and right half of the mandible revealed that the material (JW275) was indeed typical of the Japanese wolf. Sequence analysis of a 600-bp mtDNA region revealed that the JW275 belonged to haplotype Group B, which is characterized by an 8-bp deletion in the mtDNA control region...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Saejong Yoo, Jiyong Kim, Hyun-Wook Myung, Suhan Woo, Dai-Jung Chung, A-Jin Lee, Han-Jun Kim, Sun-Hee DO, Hwi-Yool Kim
A 12-year-old, spayed female Schnauzer presented with constipation. A mass was observed in the pelvic cavity, and metastasis was not identified. Mass resection was performed through celiotomy with pubic osteotomy, and hemangiosarcoma was diagnosed. At 10 weeks post-operatively, the patient died of multiple metastasis. Primary intrapelvic hemangiosarcoma is rare in dogs.
October 15, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Manabu Koike, Yasutomo Yutoku, Aki Koike
Understanding the molecular mechanisms of DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair processes, especially nonhomologous DNA-end joining (NHEJ), is critical for developing next-generation radiotherapies and chemotherapeutics for human and animal cancers. The localization, protein-protein interactions and post-translational modifications of core NHEJ factors, such as human Ku70 and Ku80, might play critical roles in controlling NHEJ activity. XRCC4-like factor (XLF) is a core NHEJ factor and plays a key role in the Ku-dependent NHEJ repair process in human cells...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Dung VAN Nguyen, Junko Suzuki, Shohei Minami, Kenzo Yonemitsu, Nao Nagata, Ryusei Kuwata, Hiroshi Shimoda, Chien Kim Vu, Thuy Quoc Truong, Ken Maeda
Canine distemper virus (CDV) is one of the most serious pathogens found in many species of carnivores, including domestic dogs. In this study, hemagglutinin (H) genes were detected in five domestic Vietnamese dogs with diarrhea, and two CDVs were successfully isolated from dogs positive for H genes. The complete genome of one isolate, CDV/dog/HCM/33/140816, was determined. Phylogenetic analysis showed that all Vietnamese CDVs belonged to the Asia-1 genotype. In addition, the H proteins of Vietnamese CDV strains were the most homologous to those of Chinese CDVs (98...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Hideo Tajima, Madoka Yoshizawa, Shinichi Sasaki, Fujio Yamamoto, Etsuo Narushima, Toshihiko Tsutsui, Takashi Funahashi, Satoshi Kusuda, Osamu Doi, Yuriko Tateyama, Masanori Kobayashi, Tatsuya Hori, Eiichi Kawakami
Equine and human chorionic gonadotropins were administered to two female Amur leopard cats to induce estrus and ovulation during non-breeding season. Fresh semen collected from male cats was surgically inseminated into the uterine horn of the females. In one animal, two fetal sacs without heartbeats were observed on abdominal ultrasonography 31 days after insemination, which indicated that embryo death had occurred. In the other animal, fetal heartbeats were detected in two fetal sacs 29 days after insemination, which confirmed as pregnancy...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Satoru Konnai, Shiro Murata, Kazuhiko Ohashi
Recently, dysfunction of antigen-specific T cells is well documented as T-cell exhaustion and has been defined by the loss of effector functions during chronic infections and cancer in human. The exhausted T cells are characterized phenotypically by the surface expression of immunoinhibitory receptors, such as programmed death 1 (PD-1), lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG-3), T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-containing protein 3 (Tim-3) and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4). However, there is still a fundamental lack of knowledge about the immunoinhibitory receptors in the fields of veterinary medicine...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Yuka Machida, Shiro Murata, Ayumi Matsuyama-Kato, Masayoshi Isezaki, Akira Taneno, Eishi Sakai, Satoru Konnai, Kazuhiko Ohashi
Gallid herpesvirus 2 (GaHV-2) causes malignant lymphomas in chickens (Marek's disease, MD). Although MD is controlled through vaccination efforts, field isolates of GaHV-2 have increased in virulence worldwide and even cause MD in vaccinated chickens. GaHV-2 strains are classified into four categories (mild, virulent, very virulent and very virulent +) based on the virulence exhibited in experimental infection in unvaccinated or MD-vaccinated susceptible chickens. Although MD cases are sporadically reported in Japan, the recent field strains of GaHV-2 in Japan have not been characterized...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Kuang-Po Li, Poa-Chun Chang, Ming-Chu Cheng, Duen-Huey Tan, Li-Hsuan Chen, Yu-Pin Liu, Yu-Ju Lin, Hsiang-Jung Tsai, Jui-Hung Shien
The sequence at the hemagglutinin (HA) cleavage site (CS) plays a key role in determining the pathogenicity of avian influenza viruses. Three types of HA CS sequences, QREKR/GL, QRKKR/GL and QRRKR/GL, were previously reported in Taiwanese H5N2 viruses that were isolated from chickens from 2003 to 2013. However, no HA CS sequence was reported for viruses isolated after 2013. This article presents the HA CS sequences and pathogenicity of H5N2 viruses that were isolated from chickens in Taiwan during 2013-2015...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Yuka Okuwa, Michiko Miyamato-Hayashi, Takaichi Tanaka, Yuji Hayakawa, Yasuo Inoshima
Various techniques for screening and detection of bovine leukemia virus (BLV) were compared to ascertain a rapid and simple technique for routine examination. The performance of real-time PCR, nested PCR and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays was compared using DNA extracted from whole blood instead of white blood cells (WBCs) of 23 cattle. Real-time PCR, LAMP and nested PCR detected 18, 16 and 11 BLV-positive cattle, respectively. These results suggest that LAMP using DNA from whole blood could enable rapid examination, as isolation of WBCs and electrophoresis is time-consuming and could be useful as a simple, and rapid method for routine screening of BLV...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Yuko Yoshikawa, Yoshitsugu Ochiai, Mariko Mochizuki, Osamu Fujita, Takashi Takano, Ryo Hondo, Fukiko Ueda
Pulse field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) is widely used for listeriosis surveillance. Although this technique is effective for epidemiology, the data among laboratories are inconsistent. We previously reported a method for L. monocytogenes subtyping combined with sequence analysis of partial iap and whole genome restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) using XbaI, ClaI (BanIII) and PstI. However, distinguishing subtypes was challenging, because the output comprised complicated fragment patterns. In this study, we aimed to establish a simple genotyping method that does not depend on visual observation, rather it focuses on multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) using three genes, iap, sigB and actA...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Seong-Hoon Seok, Dong-Hyuk Jeong, Il-Hwa Hong, Hee-Chun Lee, Seong-Chan Yeon
Anesthesia is an inevitably important component of diagnosis and treatments examining the health condition of wild animals. Not only does anesthesia become an essential tool in minimizing stress of the patients and providing an opportunity to deliver accurate and safe procedures, but it also ensures the safety of the medical crew members. This study was conducted to investigate the dose-response cardiorespiratory effects of isoflurane during spontaneous ventilation in ten cinereous vultures. Each bird was administered isoflurane at initial concentration of 1...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Dong-Hyuk Jeong, Jeong-Jin Yang, Seong-Hoon Seok, Dong-Joo Song, Seong-Chan Yeon
The objective of this study was to determine the dose-dependent effects of isoflurane on various cardiovascular parameters and the stable range of isoflurane concentrations in Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus). Seven Asiatic black bears were intramuscularly injected with medetomidine, zolazepam, and tiletamine (MZT) to induce anesthesia and anesthesia was maintained by administering isoflurane in 100% oxygen (4 l/min) without mechanical ventilation. Several cardiovascular parameters were measured at five end-tidal isoflurane concentrations (0...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Bum-Sul Choi, Hyeong-Sun Moon, Sang-Hyuk Seo, Changbaig Hyun
Reduction in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is a common complication in advanced stages of heart failure (HF). The convenient and precise assessment for GFR would be useful for early detection of renal impairment in HF dogs. Our hypothesis of this study was the GFR would be reduced in advanced stages of HF from chronic mitral valvular disease (CMVI), as indicated by renal markers including serum cystatin-C (Cys-C) and symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) concentrations. Forty-three client-owned dogs consisting of 33 dogs with different stages of HF from CMVI and 10 age-matched healthy dogs were enrolled in this study...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Annalee W Nguyen, Ellen K Wagner, Luciano Posada, Xinlei Liu, Sheila Connelly, James F Papin, Roman F Wolf, Michael Kaleko, Jennifer A Maynard
The baboon model of Bordetella pertussis infection is the newest and most clinically accurate model of the human disease to date. However, among the 15 experimentally infected baboons in this study, a subset of baboons did not exhibit the expected high bacterial colonization levels or increase in white blood cell count. Moreover, cultures of nasopharyngeal wash samples from several baboons suggested B. bronchiseptica coinfection. Analysis of serum antibodies recognizing filamentous hemagglutinin, pertussis toxin and B...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
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