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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143687/prevalence-and-epidemiology-of-canine-and-feline-heartworm-infection-in-taiwan
#1
Ta-Li Lu, Jun-Yue Wong, Ta-Lun Tan, Yong-Wei Hung
BACKGROUND: Heartworm, Dirofilaria immitis, has long been recognized in Taiwanese dogs but feline heartworm infection has been largely overlooked by veterinarians and pet owners. The main goal of this study was to determine the prevalence and epidemiology of canine and feline heartworm infection in Taiwan. METHODS: Household dogs and cats were selected from 103 veterinary hospitals in 13 cities throughout Taiwan. All animals were at least 1 year old, had received no heartworm prevention for more than 1 year, and had lived in the same city for at least 1 year...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143662/heat-treatment-and-false-positive-heartworm-antigen-testing-in-ex-vivo-parasites-and-dogs-naturally-infected-by-dirofilaria-repens-and-angiostrongylus-vasorum
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Luigi Venco, Simone Manzocchi, Marco Genchi, Laura H Kramer
BACKGROUND: Heartworm antigen testing is considered sensitive and specific. Currently available tests are reported as detecting a glycoprotein found predominantly in the reproductive tract of the female worm and can reach specificity close to 100%. Main concerns regard sensitivity in the case of light infections, the presence of immature females or cases of all-male infections. Research and development have been aimed at increasing sensitivity. Recently, heat treatment of serum prior to antigen testing has been shown to result in an increase in positive antigen test results, presumably due to disruption of natural antigen-antibody complexes...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135020/clinical-application-of-biological-variation-data-to-facilitate-interpretation-of-canine-and-feline-laboratory-results
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C Campora, K P Freeman, R Baral
Interpretation of laboratory results is based on comparison of the patient's own results against established decision thresholds or reference intervals in the context of the clinical presentation and history. Blood measurand analysis has pre-analytical, analytical and physiological sources of variation, which may complicate interpretation of results. Biological variation describes the physiological random fluctuation of blood measurands around a homeostatic set point, which varies within and between individuals...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097604/complications-and-outcomes-associated-with-13-cases-of-triceps-tendon-disruption-in-dogs-and-cats-2003-2014
#4
Naomi Frances Earley, Gemma Ellse, Adrian M Wallace, Kevin J Parsons, Katja Voss, Lauren C Pugliese, Andy P Moores, Richard Whitelock, Christoph Stork, Sorrel J Langley-Hobbs, Heidi Radke
This study reports data from a larger number of cases of triceps tendon disruption. Records from 10 veterinary referral hospitals between 2003 and 2014 were searched for canine and feline cases diagnosed with triceps tendon disruption, based on orthopaedic examination confirmed during surgery. Long-term follow-up and owner satisfaction were assessed using a questionnaire. There were 13 cases of triceps tendon disruption diagnosed across seven hospitals (nine dogs, four cats). Trauma, history or presence of a wound, surgery in the region of tendon attachment or corticosteroid treatment preceded triceps tendon disruption...
November 2, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090969/expression-of-cat-podoplanin-in-feline-squamous-cell-carcinomas
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Shunsuke Itai, Shinji Yamada, Mika K Kaneko, Hiroyuki Harada, Yumiko Kagawa, Satoru Konnai, Yukinari Kato
Oral squamous cell carcinoma is an aggressive tumor in cats; however, molecular-targeted therapies against this tumor, including antibody therapy, have not been developed. Sensitive and specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against highly expressed membrane proteins are needed to develop antibody therapies. Podoplanin, a type I transmembrane glycoprotein, is expressed in many human malignant tumors, including brain tumor, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and oral cancer. Podoplanin binds to C-type lectin-like receptor-2 (CLEC-2) and activates platelet aggregation, which is involved in cancer metastasis...
November 1, 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081584/evaluation-of-a-welfare-assessment-tool-to-examine-practices-for-preventing-recognizing-and-managing-pain-at-companion-animal-veterinary-clinics
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Lauren C Dawson, Cate E Dewey, Elizabeth A Stone, Cornelia I Mosley, Michele T Guerin, Lee Niel
Successful prevention, recognition, and treatment of pain are integral to ensuring veterinary patient welfare. A canine and feline welfare assessment tool, incorporating verbal interviews with veterinarians using open-ended questions, was developed to assess pain management practices that safeguard and improve patient welfare. The tool was evaluated in 30 companion- and mixed-animal veterinary clinics in Ontario in order to assess its reliability, feasibility, and validity, while also benchmarking current practices...
October 2017: Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074428/identification-and-function-analysis-of-canine-stimulator-of-interferon-gene-sting
#7
Yuxiang Zhang, Mengyan Zhu, Gairu Li, Jie Liu, Xiaofeng Zhai, Ruyi Wang, Junyan Zhang, Gang Xing, Jinyan Gu, Liping Yan, Jing Lei, Haifeng Sun, Zhiyu Shi, Fei Liu, Boli Hu, Shuo Su, Jiyong Zhou
Stimulator of interferon gene (STING) plays an important role in the cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS)-mediated activation of type I IFN responses. In this study, we identified and cloned canine STING gene. Full-length STING encodes a 375 amino acid product that shares the highest similarity with feline STING. Highest levels of mRNA of canine STING were detected in the spleen and lungs while the lowest levels in the heart and muscle. Analysis of its cellular localization showed that STING is localizes to the endoplasmic reticulum...
October 24, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056684/cutaneous-hypersensitivity-dermatoses-in-the-feline-patient-a-review-of-allergic-skin-disease-in-cats
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Alison Diesel
Feline allergic skin disease presents a unique set of challenges to the veterinary practitioner. Although there is some similarity to what is seen in the allergic canine patient, cutaneous hypersensitivity dermatoses in cats can manifest with strikingly different clinical signs, treatment options and outcomes, and secondary complications/disease entities. Additionally, less is known about the pathogenesis of feline allergic skin diseases, particularly "feline atopic syndrome" when compared to dogs or people...
May 9, 2017: Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056397/an-update-on-cerebrovascular-disease-in-dogs-and-cats
#9
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Christen Elizabeth Boudreau
This article reviews definitions and normal anatomy and physiology of canine and feline cerebral vasculature. The pathophysiology of cerebrovascular disease (CVD), which results from disturbance of cerebral blood supply, is described, along with its common causes and correlative findings. The general clinical presentation of companion animals is described, although specific neurologic abnormalities depend on the neuroanatomic location of the disrupted blood supply. Current and future diagnostic approaches are described, including ancillary testing for predisposing factors...
October 20, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049413/microrna-expression-analysis-of-feline-and-canine-parvovirus-infection-in-vivo-felis
#10
Pei Zhou, Xin Zhang, Weijie Zeng, Qingxu Zheng, Xiangqi Hao, Xi Lin, Yun Zheng, Lifang Wang, Guihong Zhang, Shoujun Li
Feline panleukopenia is a common contagious disease with high morbidity and mortality. At present, feline parvovirus (FPV) and canine parvovirus (CPV) variants are the pathogens of feline panleukopenia. Many studies have shown that miRNAs are involved in virus-host interactions. Nevertheless, miRNA expression profiling of FPV (original virus) or CPV-2b (new virus) in cats has not been reported. To investigate these profiles, three 10-week-old cats were orally inoculated with 106 TCID50 of the viruses (FPV and CPV-2b), and the jejunums of one cat in each group were sectioned for miRNA sequencing at 5 days post-inoculation (dpi)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034850/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-variants-obtained-from-veterinary-clinical-samples-reveal-a-role-for-cyclic-di-gmp-in-biofilm-formation-and-colony-morphology
#11
Maria T Brock, Galya C Fedderly, Grace I Borlee, Michael M Russell, Liliana K Filipowska, Doreene R Hyatt, Ryan A Ferris, Bradley R Borlee
Overuse of antibiotics is contributing to an emerging antimicrobial resistance crisis. To better understand how bacteria adapt tolerance and resist antibiotic treatment, Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates obtained from infection sites sampled from companion animals were collected and evaluated for phenotypic differences. Selected pairs of clonal isolates were obtained from individual infection samples and were assessed for antibiotic susceptibility, cyclic di-GMP levels, biofilm production, motility and genetic-relatedness...
October 16, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033910/resistance-of-animal-strains-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-to-carbapenems
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Marisa Haenni, Maxime Bour, Pierre Châtre, Jean-Yves Madec, Patrick Plésiat, Katy Jeannot
Carbapenems are major antibiotics reserved to human medicine. This study aimed to investigate the mechanisms of carbapenem resistance of a selection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa veterinary strains from the French network Resapath. Thirty (5.7%) imipenem and/or meropenem non-susceptible P. aeruginosa of canine (n = 24), feline (n = 5), or bovine (n = 1) origin were identified in a large collection of 527 veterinary strains gathered by the Resapath. These resistant isolates belonged to 25 MultiLocus Sequence Types (MLST), of which 17 (68%) are shared with clinical (human) strains, such as high risk clones ST233 and ST395...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027350/liposome-encapsulated-chemotherapy-current-evidence-for-its-use-in-companion-animals
#13
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B Børresen, A E Hansen, A Kjaer, T L Andresen, A T Kristensen
Cytotoxic drugs encapsulated into liposomes were originally designed to increase the anticancer response, while minimizing off-target adverse effects. The first liposomal chemotherapeutic drug was approved for use in humans more than 20 years ago, and the first publication regarding its use in a canine cancer patient was published shortly thereafter. Regardless, no general application for liposomal cytotoxic drugs has been established in veterinary oncology till now. Due to the popularity of canines as experimental models for pharmacokinetic analyses and toxicity studies, multiple publications exist describing various liposomal drugs in healthy dogs...
October 13, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022118/serological-and-molecular-investigation-of-2117-like-vesiviruses-in-cats
#14
Barbara Di Martino, Federica Di Profio, Irene Melegari, Vittorio Sarchese, Ivano Massirio, Alessia Luciani, Gianvito Lanave, Fulvio Marsilio, Vito Martella
Vesivirus 2117 was first discovered as a contaminant in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell cultures used for human drug production. Similar vesiviruses (VeVs) have been detected recently in dogs. In order to address the hypothesis that cats may also be exposed to 2117-like VeVs, in this study, we screened 236 feline sera using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) based on a recombinant VP1 protein from the canine VeV Bari/212/07/ITA. IgG antibodies against the 2117-like VeV were detected in 37.3% of the sera tested...
October 11, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984228/substitutions-at-residues-300-and-389-of-the-vp2-capsid-protein-serve-as-the-minimal-determinant-of-attenuation-for-canine-parvovirus-vaccine-strain-9985-46
#15
Go Sehata, Hiroaki Sato, Morimasa Yamanaka, Takuo Takahashi, Risa Kainuma, Tatsuhiko Igarashi, Sho Oshima, Taichi Noro, Eiji Oishi
Identifying molecular determinants of virulence attenuation in live attenuated canine parvovirus (CPV) vaccines is important for assuring their safety. To this end, we identified mutations in the attenuated CPV 9985-46 vaccine strain that arose during serial passage in Crandell-Rees feline kidney cells by comparison with the wild-type counterpart, as well as minimal determinants of the loss of virulence. Four amino acid substitutions (N93K, G300V, T389N and V562L) in VP2 of strain 9985-46 significantly restricted infection in canine A72 cells...
November 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978271/feline-dental-implants-long-term-follow-up-of-two-cases
#16
Rocco E Mele, Anthony Caiafa, Gregori M Kurtzman
Dental implants have become an option for replacement of lost canine teeth in cats. Although cats appear to manage well after a canine extraction, complications such as lip entrapment can occur after maxillary canine tooth extraction. Even cats with a complicated crown fracture of the maxillary canine tooth that have had root canal therapy can develop lip entrapment. This can lead to painful lip ulcers and potential need for further dental treatment. Canine tooth replacement with a dental implant and prosthodontic crown is, in the authors' experience, a predictable option that can be offered to clients who would like to replace a lost canine tooth...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959348/in-silico-perspectives-on-the-prediction-of-the-plp-s-epitopes-involved-in-multiple-sclerosis
#17
Zahra Zamanzadeh, Mitra Ataei, Seyed Massood Nabavi, Ghasem Ahangari, Mehdi Sadeghi, Mohammad Hosein Sanati
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (CNS). The main cause of the MS is yet to be revealed, but the most probable theory is based on the molecular mimicry that concludes some infections in the activation of T cells against brain auto-antigens that initiate the disease cascade. OBJECTIVES: The Purpose of this research is the prediction of the auto-antigen potency of the myelin proteolipid protein (PLP) in multiple sclerosis...
March 2017: Iranian journal of biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957693/interferon-omega-current-status-in-clinical-applications
#18
REVIEW
Shi-Fang Li, Fu-Rong Zhao, Jun-Jun Shao, Yin-Li Xie, Hui-Yun Chang, Yong-Guang Zhang
Since 1985, interferon (IFN)-ω, a type I IFN, has been identified in many animals, but not canines and mice. It has been demonstrated to have antiviral, anti-proliferation, and antitumor activities that are similar to those of IFN-α. To date, IFN-ω has been explored as a treatment option for some diseases or viral infections in humans and other animals. Studies have revealed that human IFN-ω displays antitumor activities in some models of human cancer cells and that it can be used to diagnose some diseases...
September 25, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955181/canine-and-feline-models-of-human-genetic-diseases-and-their-contributions-to-advancing-clinical-therapies%C3%A2
#19
REVIEW
Brittney L Gurda, Allison M Bradbury, Charles H Vite
For many lethal or debilitating genetic disorders in patients there are no satisfactory therapies. Several barriers exist that hinder the developments of effective therapies including the limited availability of clinically relevant animal models that faithfully recapitulate human genetic disease. In 1974, the Referral Center for Animal Models of Human Genetic Disease (RCAM) was established by Dr. Donald F. Patterson and continued by Dr. Mark E. Haskins at the University of Pennsylvania with the mission to discover, understand, treat, and maintain breeding colonies of naturally occurring hereditary disorders in dogs and cats that are orthologous to those found in human patients...
September 2017: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950884/sublingual-pythiosis-in-a-cat
#20
Jessica Sonia Fortin, Michael John Calcutt, Dae Young Kim
BACKGROUND: Pythiosis is a potentially fatal but non-contagious disease affecting humans and animals living in tropical and subtropical climates, but is also reasonably widespread in temperate climates, throughout the world. The most commonly reported affected animal species with pythiosis are equine and canine, with fewer cases in bovine and feline. Extracutaneous infections caused by Pythium insidiosum have been rarely described in the cat. CASE PRESENTATION: Sublingual pythiosis was diagnosed in a 2-year-old, male, Domestic Shorthair cat...
September 26, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
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