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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929977/exposure-to-follicular-fluid-during-oocyte-maturation-and-oviductal-fluid-during-post-maturation-does-not-improve-in-vitro-embryo-production-in-the-horse
#1
Cécile Douet, Olivia Parodi, Nicola Antonio Martino, Giovanni Michele Lacalandra, Michele Nicassio, Fabrice Reigner, Stefan Deleuze, Maria Elena Dell'Aquila, Ghylène Goudet
Most wild equids and many domestic horse breeds are at risk of extinction, so there is an urgent need for genome resource banking. Embryos cryopreservation allows the preservation of genetics from male and female and is the fastest method to restore a breed. In the equine, embryo production in vitro would allow the production of several embryos per cycle. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is used to generate horse embryos, but it requires expensive equipment and expertise in micromanipulation, and blastocyst development rates remain low...
September 20, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921680/measurement-of-urinary-concentrations-of-the-mycotoxins-zearalenone-and-sterigmatocystin-as-biomarkers-of-exposure-in%C3%A2-mares
#2
M Takagi, S Uno, E Kokushi, F Sato, Mmp Wijayagunawardane, J Fink-Gremmels
Mycotoxins may affect animal health, including reproduction. Little is known about the clinical relevance of exposure of horses to contaminated feed. This study aimed at (i) monitoring the levels of the mycotoxins zearalenone (ZEN), with its metabolites α- and β-zearalenol (α- and β-ZOL), and sterigmatocystin (STC) in urine samples from thoroughbred mares in Japan and (ii) relating these findings to the potential effects on reproductive efficacy of breeding mares. Sixty-three urine samples of breeding mares from 59 breeding farms were used...
September 18, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920796/successful-laparoscopic-oviductal-artificial-insemination-in-the-clouded-leopard-neofelis-nebulosa-in-thailand
#3
Wanlaya Tipkantha, Paweena Thuwanut, Umaporn Maikeaw, Ampika Thongphakdee, Saifon Yapila, Sumate Kamolnorranath, Boripat Siriaroonrat, Pierre Comizzoli, Kaywalee Chatdarong
Captive breeding of clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa) is challenging because of mating incompatibility, high incidence of teratospermia in males, and inconsistent ovulation patterns in females. Assisted reproductive techniques, therefore, are necessary to overcome these issues and maintain the genetic diversity in the captive population. The objective was to use laparoscopic oviductal artificial insemination (AI) to breed genetically valuable females (n = 4; aged 4.5-5 yr) that were unsuccessfully paired...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901559/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-for-dna-typing-in-the-domestic-horse
#4
H M Holl, J Vanhnasy, R E Everts, K Hoefs-Martin, D Cook, S A Brooks, M L Carpenter, C D Bustamante, C Lafayette
Genetic markers are important resources for individual identification and parentage assessment. Although short tandem repeats (STRs) have been the traditional DNA marker, technological advances have led to single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) becoming an attractive alternative. SNPs can be highly multiplexed and automatically scored, which allows for easier standardization and sharing among laboratories. Equine parentage is currently assessed using STRs. We obtained a publicly available SNP dataset of 729 horses representing 32 diverse breeds...
September 13, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859174/whole-loop-mitochondrial-dna-d-loop-sequence-variability-in-egyptian-arabian-equine-matrilines
#5
William Hudson
BACKGROUND: Egyptian Arabian horses have been maintained in a state of genetic isolation for over a hundred years. There is only limited genetic proof that the studbook records of female lines of Egyptian Arabian pedigrees are reliable. This study characterized the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) signatures of 126 horses representing 14 matrilines in the Egyptian Agricultural Organization (EAO) horse-breeding program. FINDINGS: Analysis of the whole D-loop sequence yielded additional information compared to hypervariable region-1 (HVR1) analysis alone, with 42 polymorphic sites representing ten haplotypes compared to 16 polymorphic sites representing nine haplotypes, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846911/testicular-volumetry-and-prediction-of-daily-sperm-output-in-stallions-by-orchidometry-and-two-and-three-dimensional-sonography
#6
S Pricking, H Bollwein, K Spilker, G Martinsson, A Schweizer, S Thomas, H Oldenhof, H Sieme
Accurate determination of the testes volume and prediction of the daily sperm output (DSO) is valuable information for reproductive management of a stallion. The aim of this study was to compare different methods for measuring the testes volume, including caliper, 2D and 3D ultrasound. Special emphasis was on feasibility of 3D volume analysis. First, 22 castrated testes were measured and derived volumes were compared with volumes determined via volume displacement in a graded cylinder with saline solution. Then, during the breeding season, testes sizes of 52 stallions were measured in vivo and analyzed...
August 19, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803166/advanced-age-in-mares-affects-endometrial-secretion-of-arachidonic-acid-metabolites-during-equine-subclinical-endometritis
#7
Marta J Siemieniuch, Katarzyna Gajos, Roland Kozdrowski, Marcin Nowak
Even if mares continue to breed up to an advanced age, in aging mares reproductive failure is quite common. Subclinical endometritis, which occurs more often in aging mares than in younger counterparts, may cause prolongation or shortening of the inter-estrus period or the corpus luteum lifespan. We hypothesized that during subclinical endometritis the secretion of selected arachidonic acid metabolites may differ in aging mares compared to younger females. To verify this thesis, ex vivo organ cultures of endometrium were established with subsequent measurements of concentrations of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), 6-keto-PGF1α and both leukotrienes (LTs), LTB4 and LTC4 in the culture supernatants...
November 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796430/reproductive-careers-of-thoroughbred-broodmares-before-and-after-surgical-correction-of-%C3%A2-360-degree-large-colon-volvulus
#8
E R Leahy, S J Holcombe, E S Hackett, C F Scoggin, R M Embertson
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist describing broodmare longevity and reproductive efficiency after surgical correction of ≥360 degree large colon volvulus (° LCV). OBJECTIVES: Compare career duration and foals delivered for broodmares before and after ≥360° LCV surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Broodmares registered with The Jockey Club that had surgical correction of ≥360° LCV and survived to hospital discharge at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2015 were included...
August 10, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753494/ovarian-steroids-oxytocin-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-modulate-equine-oviduct-function
#9
P Pinto-Bravo, A Galvão, M R Rebordão, A Amaral, D Ramilo, E Silva, A Szóstek-Mioduchowska, G Alexandre-Pires, R Roberto da Costa, D J Skarzynski, G Ferreira-Dias
The oviduct plays important roles in the early reproductive process. The aim of this study was to evaluate gene transcription and protein expression of progesterone receptor (PGR), estrogen receptors 1 (ESR1) and 2 (ESR2); oxytocin receptor (OXTR); prostaglandin F2α synthase (AKR1C3), and prostaglandin E2 synthase (Ptges) in mare oviduct in different estrous cycle stages. Estradiol (E2), progesterone (P4), oxytocin (OXT), and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF) effect on in vitro PGE2 and prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α) secretion by equine oviduct explants or by oviductal epithelial cells (OECs) were also assessed...
June 24, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750625/developing-a-670k-genotyping-array-to-tag-2m-snps-across-24-horse-breeds
#10
Robert J Schaefer, Mikkel Schubert, Ernest Bailey, Danika L Bannasch, Eric Barrey, Gila Kahila Bar-Gal, Gottfried Brem, Samantha A Brooks, Ottmar Distl, Ruedi Fries, Carrie J Finno, Vinzenz Gerber, Bianca Haase, Vidhya Jagannathan, Ted Kalbfleisch, Tosso Leeb, Gabriella Lindgren, Maria Susana Lopes, Núria Mach, Artur da Câmara Machado, James N MacLeod, Annette McCoy, Julia Metzger, Cecilia Penedo, Sagi Polani, Stefan Rieder, Imke Tammen, Jens Tetens, Georg Thaller, Andrea Verini-Supplizi, Claire M Wade, Barbara Wallner, Ludovic Orlando, James R Mickelson, Molly E McCue
BACKGROUND: To date, genome-scale analyses in the domestic horse have been limited by suboptimal single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) density and uneven genomic coverage of the current SNP genotyping arrays. The recent availability of whole genome sequences has created the opportunity to develop a next generation, high-density equine SNP array. RESULTS: Using whole genome sequence from 153 individuals representing 24 distinct breeds collated by the equine genomics community, we cataloged over 23 million de novo discovered genetic variants...
July 27, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741737/effect-of-exogenous-progesterone-administration-on-luteal-sensitivity-to-pgf-during-the-early-development-of-the-corpus-luteum-in-mares-and-cows
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A Garcia-Muñoz, X Valldecabres-Torres, J R Newcombe, J Cuervo-Arango, E Garcia-Rosello
The objective of this study was to determine the effect of exogenous progesterone administration at ovulation and during the early development of the CL, on its future sensitivity to a single administration of PGF2a in mares and cows. Horse Retrospective reproductive data from an equine clinic in the UK during three breeding seasons were used. Mares were divided into: control group, cycles with single ovulations; double ovulation group cycles with asynchronous double ovulations; and PRID group: cycles with single ovulations and treatment with intravaginal progesterone device (CIDR) immediately after the ovulation...
July 25, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707363/equine-peripheral-dental-caries-an-epidemiological-survey-assessing-prevalence-and-possible-risk-factors-in-western-australian-horses
#12
K Jackson, E Kelty, M Tennant
BACKGROUND: Peripheral dental caries is defined as macroscopic destruction of the calcified dental tissues and can cause considerable dental pathology and pain. It appears to occur at a high prevalence in Western Australian horses. At present, risk factors for the condition are poorly understood, making treatment and prevention difficult. OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of and potential risk factors for peripheral caries in Western Australian horses. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional, epidemiological study...
July 14, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698690/equine-recurrent-uveitis-in-western-canadian-prairie-provinces-a-retrospective-study-2002-2015
#13
Lynne S Sandmeyer, Bianca S Bauer, Cindy Xin Feng, Bruce H Grahn
The objectives of this study were to determine the demographics of horses with equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) presenting to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and to describe and compare the prognosis of ERU in the Appaloosa with that in other breeds. Horses diagnosed with ERU by a veterinary ophthalmologist between 2002 and 2015 were included. Eye lesions were classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on clinical manifestations. Breed, age, severity, blindness, and final outcome were evaluated...
July 2017: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697878/current-insights-into-the-molecular-genetic-basis-of-dwarfism-in-livestock
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Iris J M Boegheim, Peter A J Leegwater, Hein A van Lith, Willem Back
Impairment of bone growth at a young age leads to dwarfism in adulthood. Dwarfism can be categorised as either proportionate, an overall size reduction without changes in body proportions, or disproportionate, a size reduction in one or more limbs, with changes in body proportions. Many forms of dwarfism are inherited and result from structural disruptions or disrupted signalling pathways. Hormonal disruptions are evident in Brooksville miniature Brahman cattle and Z-linked dwarfism in chickens, caused by mutations in GH1 and GHR...
June 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695792/prediction-of-foal-carcass-composition-and-wholesale-cut-yields-by-using-video-image-analysis
#15
J M Lorenzo, C M Guedes, R Agregán, M V Sarriés, D Franco, S R Silva
This work represents the first contribution for the application of the video image analysis (VIA) technology in predicting lean meat and fat composition in the equine species. Images of left sides of the carcass (n=42) were captured from the dorsal, lateral and medial views using a high-resolution digital camera. A total of 41 measurements (angles, lengths, widths and areas) were obtained by VIA. The variation of percentage of lean meat obtained from the forequarter (FQ) and hindquarter (HQ) carcass ranged between 5...
July 11, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691349/ovsynch-plus-protocol-improves-ovarian-response-in-anovular-murrah-buffaloes-in-low-breeding-season
#16
R K Sharma, S K Phulia, A Jerome, I Singh
The objective of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of ovarian response and pregnancy rate in anovular buffaloes following Ovsynch and Ovsynch Plus protocols. Buffaloes (n = 55) were divided into two groups: Ovsynch group (n = 26): GnRH (10 μg, GnRH1) on Day 0, PGF2 α (25 mg) on Day 7, GnRH (10 μg, GnRH2) on Day 9; Ovsynch Plus group (n = 29): 500 IU equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) 72 hr (day -3) prior to Ovsynch protocol, followed by fixed timed artificial insemination (FTAI) 6 and 24 hr after GnRH2 injection in bot groups...
July 9, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627060/clinical-nutrition-counselling-service-in-the-veterinary-hospital-retrospective-analysis-of-equine-patients-and-nutritional-considerations
#17
D Vergnano, D Bergero, E Valle
Nutrition plays a very important role in the healthy and in the ill horse. Although research in this field clearly shows that incorrect nutritional practices may lead to severe pathologies, inappropriate feeding plans often continue to be used. A clinical nutrition counselling (CNC) service could thus be of great use to both horse owners and veterinarians. The aim of this study was to provide information on equine patients referred to the CNC service of the University of Turin and to provide standard dietary protocols as used in our Veterinary Teaching Hospital for the most common nutrition-related pathologies...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608565/prevalence-of-headshaking-within-the-equine-population-in-the-united-kingdom
#18
S E Ross, V L H Roberts, J K Murray
BACKGROUND: Headshaking in horses has been reported to be most commonly due to idiopathic neuropathic facial pain (trigeminal-mediated headshaking). The prevalence of headshaking in horses in the UK is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To estimate owner-reported prevalence of headshaking in horses in the UK and to report their signalment and disease characteristics, as reported by owners. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional web based owner questionnaire. METHODS: The questionnaire was advertised online via social media, horse forums, veterinary websites and equestrian magazines from 17 June 2016, until greater than 1,000 responses had been obtained...
June 13, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601147/deep-anestrous-mares-under-natural-photoperiod-treated-with-recombinant-equine-fsh-refsh-and-lh-relh-have-fertile-ovulations-and-become-pregnant
#19
Geraldine A Meyers-Brown, Meaghan C Loud, John C Hyland, Janet F Roser
The most common equine breeding practice to decrease the time to the first ovulation of the year is to use artificial lights starting December 1 in the Northern Hemisphere. It can take 60-90 d for this lighting regimen to induce a fertile ovulation. The success rate for pharmaceutical compounds to carry out the same process has been variable. One compound that did induce an early ovulation was recombinant equine follicle stimulating hormone (reFSH), but neither pregnancy nor cyclicity was established in that study...
August 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591825/corticotrophin-releasing-hormone-and-corticosterone-impair-development-of-preimplantation-embryos-by-inducing-oviductal-cell-apoptosis-via-activating-the-fas-system-an-in-vitro-study
#20
Xiu-Wen Tan, Chang-Li Ji, Liang-Liang Zheng, Jie Zhang, Hong-Jie Yuan, Shuai Gong, Jiang Zhu, Jing-He Tan
STUDY QUESTION: What are the mechanisms by which corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and corticosterone impair the development of preimplantation embryos in the oviduct. SUMMARY ANSWER: CRH and corticosterone do not affect preimplantation embryos directly, but impair their development indirectly by triggering apoptosis of oviductal epithelial cells (OECs) through activation of the Fas system. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Studies report that stress impairs embryo development with facilitated secretion of CRH and glucocorticoids...
August 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
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