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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959932/epidemiology-of-clinical-feline-herpesvirus-infection-in-zoo-housed-cheetahs-acinonyx-jubatus
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Carmel L Witte, Nadine Lamberski, Bruce A Rideout, Florin Vaida, Scott B Citino, Michael T Barrie, Holly J Haefele, Randall E Junge, Suzan Murray, Laura L Hungerford
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of and risk factors for clinical feline herpesvirus (FHV) infection in zoo-housed cheetahs and determine whether dam infection was associated with offspring infection. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. ANIMALS 144 cheetah cubs born in 6 zoos from 1988 through 2007. PROCEDURES Data were extracted from the health records of cheetahs and their dams to identify incident cases of clinical FHV infection and estimate incidence from birth to 18 months of age. Univariate and multivariable Cox proportional hazards models, controlling for correlations among cheetahs with the same dam, were used to identify risk factors for incident FHV infection...
October 15, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920795/evaluation-of-symmetric-dimethylarginine-as-an-early-biomarker-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-captive-cheetahs-acinonyx-jubatus
#2
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/28901642/impact-of-mimicking-natural-dispersion-on-breeding-success-of-captive-north-american-cheetahs-acinonyx-jubatus
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Sierra J Gillman, Karen Ziegler-Meeks, Carol Eager, Thomas A Tenhundfeld, Wendy Shaffstall, Mary Jo Stearns, Adrienne E Crosier
This paper examines the effects of transfer away from natal facility and littermate presence on cheetah breeding success in the AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP) population. Transfer and breeding history data for captive males and females were gathered from seven and four AZA SSP breeding facilities, respectively, to identify factors influencing breeding success. The results indicate that transfer history (p = 0.032), age at transfer (p = 0.013), and female littermate presence/absence (p = 0.04) was associated with breeding success, with females transferred away from their natal facility before sexual maturity and without littermates present accounting for the highest breeding success...
September 13, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891390/pathology-and-epidemiology-of-oxalate-nephrosis-in-cheetahs
#4
Emily P Mitchell, Molly E Church, Sarah M Nemser, Betsy Jean Yakes, Eric R Evans, Renate Reimschuessel, Karin Lemberger, Peter N Thompson, Karen A Terio
To investigate cases of acute oxalate nephrosis without evidence of ethylene glycol exposure, archived data and tissues from cheetahs ( Acinonyx jubatus) from North America ( n = 297), southern Africa ( n = 257), and France ( n = 40) were evaluated. Renal and gastrointestinal tract lesions were characterized in a subset of animals with ( n = 100) and without ( n = 165) oxalate crystals at death. Crystals were confirmed as calcium oxalate by Raman spectroscopy in 45 of 47 cheetahs tested. Crystals were present in cheetahs from 3...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875031/serial-millisecond-crystallography-of-membrane-and-soluble-protein-microcrystals-using-synchrotron-radiation
#5
Jose M Martin-Garcia, Chelsie E Conrad, Garrett Nelson, Natasha Stander, Nadia A Zatsepin, James Zook, Lan Zhu, James Geiger, Eugene Chun, David Kissick, Mark C Hilgart, Craig Ogata, Andrii Ishchenko, Nirupa Nagaratnam, Shatabdi Roy-Chowdhury, Jesse Coe, Ganesh Subramanian, Alexander Schaffer, Daniel James, Gihan Ketwala, Nagarajan Venugopalan, Shenglan Xu, Stephen Corcoran, Dale Ferguson, Uwe Weierstall, John C H Spence, Vadim Cherezov, Petra Fromme, Robert F Fischetti, Wei Liu
Crystal structure determination of biological macromolecules using the novel technique of serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) is severely limited by the scarcity of X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) sources. However, recent and future upgrades render microfocus beamlines at synchrotron-radiation sources suitable for room-temperature serial crystallography data collection also. Owing to the longer exposure times that are needed at synchrotrons, serial data collection is termed serial millisecond crystallography (SMX)...
July 1, 2017: IUCrJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821181/conservation-genetics-of-the-cheetah-lessons-learned-and-new-opportunities
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REVIEW
Stephen J O'Brien, Warren E Johnson, Carlos A Driscoll, Pavel Dobrynin, Laurie Marker
The dwindling wildlife species of our planet have become a cause célèbre for conservation groups, governments, and concerned citizens throughout the world. The application of powerful new genetic technologies to surviving populations of threatened mammals has revolutionized our ability to recognize hidden perils that afflict them. We have learned new lessons of survival, adaptation, and evolution from viewing the natural history of genomes in hundreds of detailed studies. A single case history of one species, the African cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is here reviewed to reveal a long-term story of conservation challenges and action informed by genetic discoveries and insights...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782134/gut-microbiomes-of-free-ranging-and-captive-namibian-cheetahs-diversity-putative-functions-and-occurrence-of-potential-pathogens
#7
Wasim Uddin, Sebastian Menke, Jörg Melzheimer, Susanne Thalwitzer, Sonja Heinrich, Bettina Wachter, Simone Sommer
Although the significance of the gut microbiome for host health is well acknowledged, the impact of host traits and environmental factors on the inter-individual variation of gut microbiomes of wildlife species is not well understood. Such information is essential, however, since changes in the composition of these microbial communities beyond the natural range might cause dysbiosis leading to increased susceptibility to infections. We examined the potential influence of sex, age, genetic relatedness, spatial tactics, and the environment on the natural range of the gut microbiome diversity in free-ranging Namibian cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)...
August 7, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749272/ketamine-medetomidine-and-ketamine-medetomidine-midazolam-anesthesia-in-captive-cheetahs-acinonyx-jubatus-comparison-of-blood-pressure-and-kidney-blood-flow
#8
Julia Stagegaard, Arne Hørlyck, Helle B Hydeskov, Mads F Bertelsen
Six clinically healthy captive cheetahs ( Acinonyx jubatus ) were anesthetized twice using two different drug combinations to investigate if blood pressure and kidney blood flow are affected by medetomidine dosage. Protocol KM (2.0 mg/kg ketamine and 0.05 mg/kg medetomidine) was compared with protocol KMM (2.0 mg/kg ketamine, 0.02 mg/kg medetomidine, and 0.1 mg/kg midazolam). Heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR), body temperature, end-tidal carbon dioxide pressure (ETCO2), and anesthetic depth were monitored every 10 min...
June 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679462/analysis-of-zp1-gene-reveals-differences-in-zona-pellucida-composition-in-carnivores
#9
C Moros-Nicolás, A Leza, P Chevret, A Guillén-Martínez, L González-Brusi, F Boué, M Lopez-Bejar, J Ballesta, M Avilés, M J Izquierdo-Rico
The zona pellucida (ZP) is an extracellular envelope that surrounds mammalian oocytes. This coat participates in the interaction between gametes, induction of the acrosome reaction, block of polyspermy and protection of the oviductal embryo. Previous studies suggested that carnivore ZP was formed by three glycoproteins (ZP2, ZP3 and ZP4), with ZP1 being a pseudogene. However, a recent study in the cat found that all four proteins were expressed. In the present study, in silico and molecular analyses were performed in several carnivores to clarify the ZP composition in this order of mammals...
July 6, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602789/age-associated-and-deslorelin-induced-declines-in-serum-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-concentrations-in-female-cheetahs-acinonyx-jubatus
#10
Ned J Place, Adrienne E Crosier, Pierre Comizzoli, Jennifer B Nagashima, Holly Haefele, Anne Schmidt-Küntzel, Laurie L Marker
Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is widely used in human medicine to non-invasively estimate the size of the ovarian follicle reserve and to predict the ovarian response to gonadotropin stimulation in the context of assisted reproductive technologies (e.g., IVF). These applications of AMH testing have recently expanded to non-human mammals, with production animals, such as cows, goats and sheep being the primary focus of AMH research. However, few investigations have involved exotic species, and in particular carnivores...
June 8, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525778/inferior-vena-cava-collapsibility-detects-fluid-responsiveness-among-spontaneously-breathing-critically-ill-patients
#11
Keith A Corl, Naomi R George, Justin Romanoff, Andrew T Levinson, Darin B Chheng, Roland C Merchant, Mitchell M Levy, Anthony M Napoli
PURPOSE: Measurement of inferior vena cava collapsibility (cIVC) by point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been proposed as a viable, non-invasive means of assessing fluid responsiveness. We aimed to determine the ability of cIVC to identify patients who will respond to additional intravenous fluid (IVF) administration among spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients. METHODS: Prospective observational trial of spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients...
October 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475209/the-relationship-between-direct-predation-and-antipredator-responses-a-test-with-multiple-predators-and-multiple-prey
#12
Scott Creel, Egil Dröge, Jassiel M'soka, Daan Smit, Matt Becker, Dave Christianson, Paul Schuette
Most species adjust their behavior to reduce the likelihood of predation. Many experiments have shown that antipredator responses carry energetic costs that can affect growth, survival, and reproduction, so that the total cost of predation depends on a trade-off between direct predation and risk effects. Despite these patterns, few field studies have examined the relationship between direct predation and the strength of antipredator responses, particularly for complete guilds of predators and prey. We used scan sampling in 344 observation periods over a four-year field study to examine behavioral responses to the immediate presence of predators for a complete antelope guild (dominated by wildebeest, zebra, and oribi) in Liuwa Plains National Park, Zambia, testing for differences in response to all large carnivores in the ecosystem (lions, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, and African wild dogs)...
August 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424462/dietary-behaviour-of-man-eating-lions-as-revealed-by-dental-microwear-textures
#13
Larisa R G DeSantis, Bruce D Patterson
Lions (Panthera leo) feed on diverse prey species, a range that is broadened by their cooperative hunting. Although humans are not typical prey, habitual man-eating by lions is well documented. Fathoming the motivations of the Tsavo and Mfuwe man-eaters (killed in 1898 in Kenya and 1991 in Zambia, respectively) may be elusive, but we can clarify aspects of their behaviour using dental microwear texture analysis. Specifically, we analysed the surface textures of lion teeth to assess whether these notorious man-eating lions scavenged carcasses during their depredations...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363055/cardiorespiratory-effects-of-dexmedetomidine-butorphanol-midazolam-dbm-a-fully-reversible-anesthetic-protocol-in-captive-and-semi-free-ranging-cheetahs-acinonyx-jubatus
#14
A Margarita Woc Colburn, Suzan Murray, Lee-Ann C Hayek, Laurie Marker, Carlos R Sanchez
Multiple anesthesia protocols have been used in the cheetah ( Acinonyx jubatus ). Twenty healthy, captive cheetahs were immobilized with dexmedetomidine (15.8 ± 1.9 μg/kg), butorphanol (0.22 ± 0.03 mg/kg), and midazolam (0.18 ± 0.03 mg/kg) by intramuscular injection. Induction, recumbency, and recovery times were recorded, and physiologic parameters were monitored. Anesthesia was antagonized with atipamezole (0.125 ± 0.02 mg/kg) and naltrexone (0.1 ± 0.014 mg/kg) intramuscularly. All cheetahs were safely anesthetized with this protocol...
March 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333126/cheetahs-have-a-stronger-constitutive-innate-immunity-than-leopards
#15
Sonja K Heinrich, Heribert Hofer, Alexandre Courtiol, Jörg Melzheimer, Martin Dehnhard, Gábor Á Czirják, Bettina Wachter
As a textbook case for the importance of genetics in conservation, absence of genetic variability at the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is thought to endanger species viability, since it is considered crucial for pathogen resistance. An alternative view of the immune system inspired by life history theory posits that a strong response should evolve in other components of the immune system if there is little variation in the MHC. In contrast to the leopard (Panthera pardus), the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) has a relatively low genetic variability at the MHC, yet free-ranging cheetahs are healthy...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325981/tracking-data-from-nine-free-roaming-cheetahs-acinonyx-jubatus-collared-in-the-thabazimbi-area-limpopo-province-south-africa
#16
Kelly Marnewick, Samantha Page-Nicholson, Lizanne Roxburgh, Michael J Somers
BACKGROUND: In partnership with the University of Pretoria, the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Conservation Programme collared six male and three female free-roaming Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) in the Thabazimbi area in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This study was undertaken to determine the spatial ecology of free-roaming Cheetahs that occur outside of formal protected areas on private ranchland, where they frequently come into conflict with, and are sometimes killed by, private landowners...
2017: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320259/levosimendan-for-hemodynamic-support-after-cardiac-surgery
#17
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Giovanni Landoni, Vladimir V Lomivorotov, Gabriele Alvaro, Rosetta Lobreglio, Antonio Pisano, Fabio Guarracino, Maria G Calabrò, Evgeny V Grigoryev, Valery V Likhvantsev, Marcello F Salgado-Filho, Alessandro Bianchi, Vadim V Pasyuga, Massimo Baiocchi, Federico Pappalardo, Fabrizio Monaco, Vladimir A Boboshko, Marat N Abubakirov, Bruno Amantea, Rosalba Lembo, Luca Brazzi, Luigi Verniero, Pietro Bertini, Anna M Scandroglio, Tiziana Bove, Alessandro Belletti, Maria G Michienzi, Dmitriy L Shukevich, Tatiana S Zabelina, Rinaldo Bellomo, Alberto Zangrillo
BACKGROUND: Acute left ventricular dysfunction is a major complication of cardiac surgery and is associated with increased mortality. Meta-analyses of small trials suggest that levosimendan may result in a higher rate of survival among patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving patients in whom perioperative hemodynamic support was indicated after cardiac surgery, according to prespecified criteria...
May 25, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259021/gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-profiles-of-urinary-organic-acids-in-healthy-captive-cheetahs-acinonyx-jubatus
#18
Adrian Stephen Wolferstan Tordiffe, Mari van Reenen, Fred Reyers, Lodewyk Jacobus Mienie
In captivity, cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) frequently suffer from several unusual chronic diseases that rarely occur in their free-ranging counterparts. In order to develop a better understanding of their metabolism and health we documented the urine organic acids of 41 apparently healthy captive cheetahs, in an untargeted metabolomic study, using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. A total of 339 organic acids were detected and annotated. Phenolic compounds, thought to be produced by the anaerobic fermentation of aromatic amino acids in the distal colon, as well as their corresponding glycine conjugates, were present in high concentrations...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166968/interspecies-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-in-asiatic-cheetah-using-nuclei-derived-from-post-mortem-frozen-tissue-in-absence-of-cryo-protectant-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-matured-domestic-cat-oocytes
#19
F Moulavi, S M Hosseini, N Tanhaie-Vash, S Ostadhosseini, S H Hosseini, M Hajinasrollah, M H Asghari, H Gourabi, A Shahverdi, A D Vosough, M H Nasr-Esfahani
Recent accomplishments in the field of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) hold tremendous promise to prevent rapid loss of animal genetic resources using ex situ conservation technology. Most of SCNT studies use viable cells for nuclear transfer into recipient oocytes. However, preparation of live cells in extreme circumstances, in which post-mortem material of endangered/rare animals is improperly retained frozen, is difficult, if not impossible. This study investigated the possibility of interspecies-SCNT (iSCNT) in Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus), a critically endangered subspecies, using nuclei derived from frozen tissue in absence of cryo-protectant at -20 °C and in vitro matured domestic cat oocytes...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157864/laser-shocked-energetic-materials-with-metal-additives-evaluation-of-chemistry-and-detonation-performance
#20
Jennifer L Gottfried, Eric J Bukowski
A focused, nanosecond-pulsed laser has been used to ablate, atomize, ionize, and excite milligram quantities of metal-doped energetic materials that undergo exothermic reactions in the laser-induced plasma. The subsequent shock wave expansion in the air above the sample has been monitored using high-speed schlieren imaging in a recently developed technique, laser-induced air shock from energetic materials (LASEM). The method enables the estimation of detonation velocities based on the measured laser-induced air-shock velocities and has previously been demonstrated for organic military explosives...
January 20, 2017: Applied Optics
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