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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920795/evaluation-of-symmetric-dimethylarginine-as-an-early-biomarker-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-captive-cheetahs-acinonyx-jubatus
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Benjamin Lamglait, Marielle Vandenbunder-Beltrame
Symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) has been shown to be a valuable biomarker for early detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in canine and feline patients. Recognition of early (subclinical) kidney disease would be of value in cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) as prevalence of CKD is relatively high in this species in captivity. Fifty-eight banked serum and plasma samples from seven adult cheetahs that died of CKD were analyzed for creatinine, urea, and SDMA. A marked increase in SDMA was noted on five of the tested cheetahs earlier than the rise of serum creatinine and urea (estimated 8-35 mo; mean 21...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906182/multi-locus-sequence-typing-of-streptococcus-equi-subspecies-zooepidemicus-strains-isolated-from-cats
#2
Ann P Britton, Shlomo E Blum, Carolyn Legge, Ken Sojonky, Erin N Zabek
Streptococcus equi subspecies zooepidemicus ( S. zooepidemicus) causes outbreaks of fatal respiratory disease in dog shelters and fatal respiratory and neurologic disease in cat shelters. We conducted multi-locus sequence typing analysis on S. zooepidemicus isolates from 5 Canadian and 3 Israeli cats with severe respiratory and neurologic disease, plus 1 isolate from a clinically normal shelter cat. Our aim was to determine if feline outbreaks are clonal and whether there is commonality between feline and canine strains...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905885/long-term-correction-of-hemophilia-a-mice-following-lentiviral-mediated-delivery-of-an-optimized-canine-factor-viii-gene
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J M Staber, M J Pollpeter, C-G Anderson, M Burrascano, A L Cooney, P L Sinn, D T Rutkowski, W C Raschke, P B McCray
Current therapies for hemophilia A include frequent prophylactic or on-demand intravenous factor treatments which are costly, inconvenient and may lead to inhibitor formation. Viral vector delivery of factor VIII (FVIII) cDNA has the potential to alleviate the debilitating clotting defects. Lentiviral-based vectors delivered to murine models of hemophilia A mediate phenotypic correction. However, a limitation of lentiviral-mediated FVIII delivery is inefficient transduction of target cells. Here, we engineer a feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) -based lentiviral vector pseudotyped with the baculovirus GP64 envelope glycoprotein to mediate efficient gene transfer to mouse hepatocytes...
September 14, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895871/type-i-interferons-in-the-pathogenesis-and-treatment-of-canine-diseases
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REVIEW
Daniela Klotz, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Ingo Gerhauser
Type I interferons (IFNs) such as IFN-α, IFN-β, IFN-ε, IFN-κ, and IFN-ω represent cytokines, which are deeply involved in the regulation and activation of innate and adaptive immune responses. They possess strong antiviral, antiproliferative, and immunomodulatory activities allowing their use in the therapy of different viral diseases, neoplasms, and immune-mediated disorders, respectively. Initially, treatment strategies were based on nonspecific inducers of type I IFNs, which were soon replaced by different recombinant proteins...
September 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879674/comparisons-between-elastographic-stiffness-scores-for-benign-versus-malignant-lymph-nodes-in-dogs-and-cats
#5
Gabriela S Seiler, Emily Griffith
Lymph node evaluation is an important component of oncology staging in dogs and cats, however diagnosis of malignancy currently requires cytology or histopathology. Elastography is an ultrasound technique that allows estimation of tissue stiffness. In people, it has been shown to increase the sensitivity of sonography in detection of metastatic lymph nodes. The objective of this prospective, cross-sectional study was to determine if elastographic stiffness differs for malignant versus benign canine and feline lymph nodes that were considered abnormal in gray-scale ultrasound imaging...
September 6, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840776/naturally-occurring-antibodies-in-cats-against-dog-erythrocyte-antigens-and-vice-versa
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Vito Priolo, Marisa Masucci, Eva Spada, Daniela Proverbio, Maria Grazia Pennisi
Objectives The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of naturally occurring antibodies against canine erythrocyte antigens in cats and vice versa. The influence of canine and feline blood type on cross-match results was also studied. Methods Blood samples from 34 cats and 42 dogs were used to perform test-tube major and minor cross-match tests and blood typing. Blood from each cat was cross-matched with blood from 2-6 dogs, for a total of 111 cross-match tests. Haemolysis, macro- and/or micro-agglutination were considered markers of a positive cross-match...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838299/peculiarities-of-feline-hyperadrenocorticism-update-on-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Lara A Boland, Vanessa R Barrs
Practical relevance: Hyperadrenocorticism (HAC) is a relatively uncommon endocrinopathy of older cats, with a mean age at diagnosis of 10 years. In addition to pituitary-dependent and adrenal-dependent hypercortisolism, clinical signs of HAC can result from adrenal sex steroid-producing tumours. Clinical challenges: While HAC in cats has many similarities to canine HAC, there are key differences in presentation, diagnosis and response to therapy. Most, but not all, cats with HAC have concurrent diabetes mellitus, which is often insulin resistant...
September 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826266/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-feline-hyperthyroidism-in-south-africa
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Joanne L McLean, Remo G Lobetti, Carmel T Mooney, Peter N Thompson, Johan P Schoeman
Objectives Hyperthyroidism is a disorder of older cats that may have a geographical variation in prevalence. Prevalence studies have not yet been performed in South Africa, a geographical area where hyperthyroidism in cats has recently been observed and where, reportedly, the incidence appears to be increasing. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of feline hyperthyroidism in South Africa and to identify any potential risk factors. Further information on the worldwide prevalence and possible causative factors would increase our understanding of the aetiology of this disease and help identify any preventive measures...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813172/rabbit-neutering-in-primary-care-education-insights-from-a-surgical-clinic
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Livia Benato, Jennifer Hammond
Involvement in canine and feline surgical neutering clinics is generally considered to be a key element of primary-care veterinary education, yet opportunities for veterinary students to develop their surgical skills with rabbit patients are uncommon. This is despite the fact that rabbits are currently estimated to be the third-most popular companion animal species and the fact that the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) recommends that all non-breeding rabbits be neutered soon after they attain sexual maturity...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808849/a-rapid-method-for-establishment-of-a-reverse-genetics-system-for-canine-parvovirus
#10
Yongle Yu, Jun Su, Jigui Wang, Ji Xi, Yaping Mao, Qiang Hou, Xiaomei Zhang, Weiquan Liu
Canine parvovirus (CPV) is an important and highly prevalent pathogen of dogs that causes acute hemorrhagic enteritis disease. Here, we describe a rapid method for the construction and characterization of a full-length infectious clone (rCPV) of CPV. Feline kidney (F81) cells were transfected with rCPV incorporating an engineered EcoR I site that served as a genetic marker. The rescued virus was indistinguishable from that of wild-type virus in its biological properties.
August 14, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807033/sponsorship-bias-and-quality-of-randomised-controlled-trials-in-veterinary-medicine
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K J Wareham, R M Hyde, D Grindlay, M L Brennan, R S Dean
BACKGROUND: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard form of evidence for assessing treatment efficacy, but many factors can influence their reliability including methodological quality, reporting quality and funding source. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between funding source and positive outcome reporting in veterinary RCTs published in 2011 and to assess the risk of bias in the RCTs identified. METHODS: A structured search of PubMed was used to identify feline, canine, equine, bovine and ovine clinical trials examining the efficacy of pharmaceutical interventions published in 2011...
August 14, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768536/a-novel-composite-formulation-of-palmitoylethanolamide-and-quercetin-decreases-inflammation-and-relieves-pain-in-inflammatory-and-osteoarthritic-pain-models
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Domenico Britti, Rosalia Crupi, Daniela Impellizzeri, Enrico Gugliandolo, Roberta Fusco, Carlo Schievano, Valeria Maria Morittu, Maurizio Evangelista, Rosanna Di Paola, Salvatore Cuzzocrea
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common progressive joint disease in dogs and cats. The goal of OA treatment is to reduce inflammation, minimize pain, and maintain joint function. Currently, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., meloxicam) are the cornerstone of treatment for OA pain, but side effects with long-term use pose important challenges to veterinary practitioners when dealing with OA pain. Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is a naturally-occurring fatty acid amide, locally produced on demand by tissues in response to stress...
August 2, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766374/biotechnological-production-and-practical-application-of-l-asparaginase-enzyme
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Archana Vimal, Awanish Kumar
L-asparaginase is a vital enzyme of medical importance, and renowned as a chemotherapeutic agent. The relevance of this enzyme is not only limited as an anti-cancer agent, it also possesses a wide range of medical application. The application includes the antimicrobial property, treatment of infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, canine and feline cancer. Apart from the health care industry, its significance is also established in the food sector as a food processing agent to reduce the acrylamide concentration...
August 2, 2017: Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765810/the-diversity-and-impact-of-hookworm-infections-in-wildlife
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REVIEW
Mauricio Seguel, Nicole Gottdenker
Hookworms are blood-feeding nematodes that parasitize the alimentary system of mammals. Despite their high pathogenic potential, little is known about their diversity and impact in wildlife populations. We conducted a systematic review of the literature on hookworm infections of wildlife and analyzed 218 studies qualitative and quantitatively. At least 68 hookworm species have been described in 9 orders, 24 families, and 111 species of wild mammals. Black bears, red foxes, and bobcats harbored the highest diversity of hookworm species and Ancylostoma pluridentatum, A...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758797/an-in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-a-yucca-schidigera-extract-and-chestnut-tannins-on-composition-and-metabolic-profiles-of-canine-and-feline-faecal-microbiota
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Carlo Pinna, Carla Giuditta Vecchiato, Vladimiro Cardenia, Maria Teresa Rodriguez-Estrada, Claudio Stefanelli, Monica Grandi, Pier Paolo Gatta, Giacomo Biagi
The in vitro effect of a Yucca schidigera extract (YSE) and tannins from chestnut wood on composition and metabolic activity of canine and feline faecal microbiota was evaluated. Four treatments were carried out: control diet, chestnut tannins (CT), YSE and CT + YSE. The YSE was added to canine and feline faecal cultures at 0.1 g/l, while CT were added at 0.3 g/l for a 24-h incubation. A total of 130 volatile compounds were detected by means of headspace-solid phase microextraction gas-chromatography/mass spectrometry analyses...
July 31, 2017: Archives of Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751224/molecular-cloning-and-functional-characterization-of-eleven-subtypes-of-interferon-%C3%AE-in-amur-tigers-panthera-tigris-altaica
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Hongjing Zhao, Jian Ma, Yu Wang, Juanjuan Liu, Yizhi Shao, Jinglun Li, Guangshun Jiang, Mingwei Xing
Interferon has a broad-spectrum of antiviral effects and represents an ideal choice for the development of antiviral drugs. Nonetheless, information about alpha interferon (IFN-α) is vacant in Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), an endangered species and indigenous to northeast Asia. Herein, 11 PtIFN-αs genes, which encoded proteins of 164-165 amino acids, were amplified. Afterwards, expression and purification were conducted in Escherichia coli. In physicochemical analysis, PtIFN-αs were shown to be highly sensitive to trypsin and remained stable despite changes in pH and temperature...
July 24, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747221/prevalence-of-heartworm-in-dogs-and-cats-of-madrid-spain
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José Alberto Montoya-Alonso, Rodrigo Morchón, Yaiza Falcón-Cordón, Soraya Falcón-Cordón, Fernando Simón, Elena Carretón
BACKGROUND: Dirofilaria immitis causes heartworm disease, a chronic and potentially fatal cardiopulmonary disease which mainly affects dogs and cats. It is present in most of Spain, due to favourable climatic factors. Madrid, located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, is the most highly populated city in the country. There is a lack of current data on canine heartworm and there are no published epidemiological data regarding feline heartworm in this region, therefore the aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and current distribution of canine and feline dirofilariosis in the province of Madrid...
July 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747096/preliminary-description-of-aging-cats-and-dogs-presented-to-a-new-zealand-first-opinion-veterinary-clinic-at-end-of-life
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M C Gates, H J Hinds, A Dale
AIMS To conduct a preliminary investigation into the chronic disease conditions and clinical signs present in aging New Zealand companion animals at end-of-life and to describe the timing, circumstances, and manner of death. METHODS The medical records database of a first-opinion, companion animal, veterinary practice in Auckland, New Zealand was searched to identify all canine and feline patients ≥7 years of age that were subjected to euthanasia or cremated in the period between July 2012-June 2014. The free-text medical notes were analysed for information on the circumstances surrounding the death, previous diagnoses of chronic disease conditions, and the presence of clinical signs associated with decreased quality-of-life at the time of euthanasia...
August 9, 2017: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720294/papillomaviruses-in-dogs-and-cats
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REVIEW
John S Munday, Neroli A Thomson, Jennifer A Luff
Papillomaviruses (PVs) cause disease in both dogs and cats. In dogs, PVs are thought to cause oral papillomatosis, cutaneous papillomas and canine viral pigmented plaques, whereas PVs have been rarely associated with the development of oral and cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas in this species. In cats, PVs are currently thought to cause oral papillomas, feline viral plaques, Bowenoid in situ carcinomas and feline sarcoids. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence that PVs may also be a cause of cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas in cats...
July 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699881/chemical-composition-and-cytotoxicity-of-extracts-of-marjoram-and-rosemary-and-their-activity-against-sporothrix-brasiliensis
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Stefanie Bressan Waller, Isabel Martins Madrid, Jéssica Fernanda Hoffmann, Tony Picoli, Marlete Brum Cleff, Fábio Clasen Chaves, Renata Osório de Faria, Mário Carlos Araújo Meireles, João Roberto Braga de Mello
PURPOSE: Motivated by increasing reports of antifungal resistance in human and animal sporotrichosis, this study evaluated the chemical composition, cytotoxicity and anti-Sporothrix brasiliensis activity of extracts of marjoram (Origanum majorana) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). METHODOLOGY: Ten (INF10) and 60 min (INF60) infusions, a decoction and a hydroalcoholic extract (HAE, 70 %) were prepared from both plants (10 % w/v). The extract composition was analysed by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry and the cytotoxicity was evaluated using a colorimetric assay in canine and feline kidney cells...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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