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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109010/lack-of-effects-of-an-equine-chorionic-gonadotropin-ecg-administration-between-days-9-and-15-postpartum-on-reproductive-performance-in-a-holstein-dairy-herd
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M Freick, O Passarge, J Weber
Recently, it has been demonstrated that administration of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) in the postpartum period in dairy cows can enhance follicle growth, reduce the interval from calving to first ovulation and increase plasma estradiol concentrations, and, thus, could enhance reproductive performance in a dairy herd when administered on day 6 postpartum. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a single dose of eCG between days 9 and 15 postpartum on parameters of reproductive performance in dairy cows...
January 21, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053107/domain-organization-and-evolution-of-the-highly-divergent-5-coding-region-of-genomes-of-arteriviruses-including-the-novel-possum-nidovirus
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Anastasia Gulyaeva, Magdalena Dunowska, Erik Hoogendoorn, Julia Giles, Dmitry Samborskiy, Alexander E Gorbalenya
: In five experimentally characterized arterivirus species, the 5' -end genome coding region comprises most divergent nonstructural proteins (nsp) 1 and 2 that include papain-like proteases (PLPs) and other poorly characterized domains. They are involved in regulation of transcription, polyprotein processing, and virus-host interaction. Here, we present results of bioinformatics analysis of this region of 14 arterivirus species, including that of the most distantly related wobbly possum disease virus (WPDV), determined by a modified 5' RACE protocol...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989795/a-stable-epoxide-of-estrone-evidence-for-formation-of-a-new-estrogen-metabolite
#3
James I Raeside, Heather L Christie
Oxidative metabolism of estrogens is an important feature in liver and some non-hepatic tissues. In initial studies on estrogen metabolism in tissues from the reproductive tract of the stallion, where testicular estrogen secretion is remarkably high, a prominent radiolabeled product from [(3)H]-estrone (E1) was noted on chromatography; it had a retention time (Rt) between 17β-estradiol (E2) and E1. Unexpectedly, when non-radiolabeled E1 was the substrate no UV absorption at 280nm was seen at the Rt for the [(3)H]-labeled product-suggesting a non-aromatic ring A...
March 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966757/equine-chorionic-gonadotropin-influence-on-sheep-oocyte-in-vitro-maturation-apoptosis-and-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptor-and-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-expression
#4
S C Wei, Z D Gong, H W Zhao, H Q Liang, L J Lai, Y Y Deng
We assessed the effects of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) on oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM), apoptosis, and follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR), luteinizing hormone receptor (LHR), and gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor (GnRHR) expression and mRNA levels. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were recovered from sheep ovaries and pooled in groups, before being cultured in IVM media containing varying eCG concentrations. Maturation and apoptosis rates were then calculated. Expression of FSHR, LHR, and GnRHR mRNA in oocytes was measured using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
December 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936090/manure-preferences-and-postemergence-learning-of-two-filth-fly-parasitoids-spalangia-cameroni-and-muscidifurax-raptor-hymenoptera-pteromalidae
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Caitlin E Taylor, Erika T Machtinger, Christopher J Geden, Matthew Kramer
The efficiency of host-seeking behavior is crucial to the reproductive performance of female parasitoids. Initially, parasitoids may use chemical information garnered from the microhabitat in which they emerge to locate hosts. Spalangia cameroni and Muscidifurax raptor are commercially available parasitoids of filth flies. Postemergence exposure to a specific manure may provide a way to increase parasitism in specific microhabitats found at livestock facilities upon release. In this study, female parasitoids of both species were exposed to equine manure, bovine manure, or clean pupae...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930647/allelic-variation-in-cxcl16-determines-cd3-t-lymphocyte-susceptibility-to-equine-arteritis-virus-infection-and-establishment-of-long-term-carrier-state-in-the-stallion
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Sanjay Sarkar, Ernest Bailey, Yun Young Go, R Frank Cook, Ted Kalbfleisch, John Eberth, R Lakshman Chelvarajan, Kathleen M Shuck, Sergey Artiushin, Peter J Timoney, Udeni B R Balasuriya
Equine arteritis virus (EAV) is the causative agent of equine viral arteritis (EVA), a respiratory, systemic, and reproductive disease of horses and other equid species. Following natural infection, 10-70% of the infected stallions can become persistently infected and continue to shed EAV in their semen for periods ranging from several months to life. Recently, we reported that some stallions possess a subpopulation(s) of CD3+ T lymphocytes that are susceptible to in vitro EAV infection and that this phenotypic trait is associated with long-term carrier status following exposure to the virus...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886076/pathogens-inactivated-by-low-energy-electron-irradiation-maintain-antigenic-properties-and-induce-protective-immune-responses
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Jasmin Fertey, Lea Bayer, Thomas Grunwald, Alexandra Pohl, Jana Beckmann, Gaby Gotzmann, Javier Portillo Casado, Jessy Schönfelder, Frank-Holm Rögner, Christiane Wetzel, Martin Thoma, Susanne M Bailer, Ekkehard Hiller, Steffen Rupp, Sebastian Ulbert
Inactivated vaccines are commonly produced by incubating pathogens with chemicals such as formaldehyde or β-propiolactone. This is a time-consuming process, the inactivation efficiency displays high variability and extensive downstream procedures are often required. Moreover, application of chemicals alters the antigenic components of the viruses or bacteria, resulting in reduced antibody specificity and therefore stimulation of a less effective immune response. An alternative method for inactivation of pathogens is ionizing radiation...
November 23, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866059/glucocorticoid-metabolism-in-equine-follicles-and-oocytes
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D Scarlet, N Ille, R Ertl, B G Alves, G D A Gastal, S O Paiva, M O Gastal, E L Gastal, C Aurich
The objective of this study was to determine whether (1) systemic and intrafollicular cortisol concentrations in horses are directly related and (2) supraphysiological levels of glucocorticoids affect in vitro maturation (IVM) rates of oocytes. Specifically, we studied the (1) changes in the intrafollicular cortisol and progesterone in context with granulosa cell gene expression during maturation of equine follicles (from 5-9 mm, 10-14 mm, 15-19 mm, 20-24 mm, and ≥25 mm in diameter) and (2) effects of cortisol supplementation on IVM rates and gene expression of equine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs)...
October 29, 2016: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853717/amiata-donkey-milk-chain-animal-health-evaluation-and-milk-quality
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Giuseppe Ragona, Franco Corrias, Martina Benedetti, Maria Paladini, Federica Salari, Lolanda Altomonte, Mina Martini
This study presents an investigation of Amiata donkey health and quality of milk for human consumption. Thirty-one lactating dairy jennies were examined. The following samples were collected: faecal samples from the rectum of animals for parasitological examination; cervical swabs for the detection of bacteria causing reproductive disorders; and blood samples for serological diagnosis of main zoonotic (Brucella spp., Leptospira spp.) and donkey abortion agents (Brucella spp., Leptospira spp., Salmonella abortus equi, Equine viral arterithis virus, Equine herpesvirus type 1)...
June 3, 2016: Italian Journal of Food Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842717/mhc-correlated-preferences-in-diestrous-female-horses-equus-caballus
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D Burger, C Meuwly, E Marti, H Sieme, M Oberthür, J Janda, S Meinecke-Tillmann, C Wedekind
Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) have been shown to influence communication in many vertebrates, possibly with context-specific MHC-correlated reactions. Here we test for MHC-linked female preferences in the polygynous horse (Equus caballus) by repeatedly exposing 19 mares to a group of seven sexually experienced stallions. Each mare was tested four times during two consecutive reproductive cycles, twice during estrus and twice during diestrus. Male plasma testosterone concentrations were determined from weekly blood samples, and equine leukocyte antigen (ELA) class I and II alleles were determined serologically at the end of the experiments...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836047/a-study-of-leptospirosis-in-south-african-horses-and-associated-risk-factors
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V Simbizi, M N Saulez, A Potts, C Lötter, B Gummow
Most leptospiral infections in horses are asymptomatic; however, acute disease manifestations as well as reproductive failure and recurrent uveitis have been reported. In South Africa, the epidemiology of the disease in horses is not well documented. A serosurvey to determine what serovars were present in horses from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape Provinces and to get an estimate of the seroprevalence of leptospirosis was carried out from January 2013 until April 2014 with the assistance of four large equine hospitals located in these provinces...
November 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810215/development-of-a-peripheral-nerve-stimulator-guided-technique-for-equine-pudendal-nerve-blockade
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K Gallacher, L C Santos, L Campoy, A J Bezuidenhout, R O Gilbert
The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a procedure for equine pudendal nerve block using a peripheral nerve locator. In the first experiment, six ponies were used to determine the relationship between elicited muscle contractions (anal, perineal or both) and nerves serving the perineal region (pudendal, caudorectal and perineal nerves) when methylene blue dye was injected using the electrolocation technique. This experiment showed that the pudendal nerve was approached effectively when both anal and perineal twitch were elicited during electrolocation...
November 2016: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810037/endometritis-diagnostic-tools-for-infectious-endometritis
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REVIEW
Ryan A Ferris
Infectious endometritis is among the leading causes of subfertility in the mare. However, the best way to reliably diagnose these cases of infectious endometritis can be confusing to the veterinary practitioner. The goal of this article is to describe how to perform various sample collection techniques, what analyses can be performed on these samples, and how to interpret the results of these analysis. Additionally, future technologies will be presented that are not currently used in equine reproduction practice...
December 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810035/hormone-therapy-in-clinical-equine-practice
#14
REVIEW
Patrick M McCue
A wide variety of hormone therapies are used in clinical practice in the reproductive management of horses. The goal of this article is to review therapeutic options for a variety of clinical indications.
December 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795409/structural-biology-of-the-arterivirus-nsp11-endoribonucleases
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Manfeng Zhang, Xiaorong Li, Zengqin Deng, Zhenhang Chen, Yang Liu, Yina Gao, Wei Wu, Zhongzhou Chen
: Endoribonuclease (NendoU) is unique and conserved as a major genetic marker in nidoviruses that infect vertebrate hosts. Arterivirus nonstructural protein 11 (nsp11) was shown to have NendoU activity and play essential roles in the viral life cycle. Here, we report three crystal structures of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and equine arteritis virus (EAV) nsp11 mutants. The structures of arterivirus nsp11 contain two conserved compact domains: the N-terminal domain (NTD) and C-terminal domain (CTD)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766984/correlations-between-cresty-neck-scores-and-post-mortem-nape-fat-measurements-in-horses-obtained-after-photographic-image-analysis
#16
Severiano R Silva, Rita Payan-Carreira, Cristina M Guedes, Simão Coelho, Ana Sofia Santos
BACKGROUND: Obesity and emaciation in horses have major detrimental effects on health and morbidity, reproductive failure, work performance or carcass quality. Scoring is a current management tool used to assess and monitor equine body condition due to its simplicity and low cost. However, accurate assessment of obesity remains a challenge, even though a number of approaches have been tested, particularly for research purposes on adiposity. Their merit is usually validated by comparison with standard scoring methods...
October 20, 2016: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746003/expression-and-localization-of-cysteine-rich-secretory-protein-3-crisp-3-in-the-prepubertal-and-postpubertal-male-horse
#17
C E Fedorka, K E Scoggin, E L Squires, B A Ball, M H T Troedsson
The seminal plasma protein, cysteine-rich secretory protein-3 (CRISP-3), has been correlated with increased fertility and first-cycle conception rates, and has been suggested to be involved in the modulation of polymorphonuclear neutrophil and phagocytosis of spermatozoa during the inflammatory response to breeding in the horse. Previous research demonstrated that equine CRISP-3 is located in both the ampulla of the vas deferens and the seminal vesicles. However, this was done with nonquantitative laboratory techniques...
January 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726992/advances-in-diagnostics-and-therapeutic-techniques-in-breeding-behavior-disorders-in-stallions
#18
REVIEW
Sue M McDonnell
Despite the suboptimal aspects of domestic breeding conditions compared with the natural conditions under which their reproductive behavior evolved, most domestic stallions can adapt to management and breeding programs. Most respond adequately or quickly learn to safely abide the restraint and direction of a human handler, and can adapt to changes in methods of breeding for semen collection. If not, the problems can range from inadequate or variable sexual interest and response to overenthusiastic or aggressive response beyond the ability of the handlers to safely direct and control...
December 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726988/effects-of-common-equine-endocrine-diseases-on-reproduction
#19
REVIEW
Teresa A Burns
Endocrine diseases, such as equine metabolic syndrome and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, are common in domesticated horse populations, and the frequency with which these diseases are encountered and managed by equine veterinary practitioners is expected to increase as the population ages. As clinicians learn more about the effects of these diseases on equine reproductive physiology and efficiency (including effects on reproductive seasonality, ovulation efficiency, implantation, early pregnancy loss, duration of pregnancy, and lactation), strategies and guidelines for improving fertility in affected animals continue to evolve...
December 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726987/advances-in-collection-transport-and-maturation-of-equine-oocytes-for-assisted-reproductive-techniques
#20
REVIEW
Elaine M Carnevale
Assisted reproductive techniques that are based on oocyte manipulations have gained acceptance in the equine industry. Methods to collect and handle immature or maturing oocytes have been developed, and systems to ship oocytes now allow for collection in one location and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in another. Subsequently, ICSI-produced embryos can be transferred onsite, shipped to another location, or cryopreserved. Methods for the collection, identification, culture, maturation, and shipment of equine oocytes are reviewed, with an emphasis on procedures from laboratories providing clinical services with documented success...
December 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice
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