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C S Silva, E Silva Filho, A S Matos, A S Schierholt, M R Costa, L C Marques, J S Costa, R L Sales, M R Figueiró, J R F Marques
Water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) are quite well adapted to climatic conditions in the Amazon, and in this biome, they are noted for the considerable amount of meat and milk they produce and how hard they are able to work. Because of a lack of research dedicated to improving the rearing of buffaloes in the Amazon, the objective of this study was to genetically characterize the Murrah and Mediterranean breeds, as well as a mixed-breed population, based on polymorphisms in the diacylglycerol O-acyltransferase 1 gene (DGAT1), and associate the genotypes with milk production...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Tingxian Deng, Chunying Pang, Xiaoya Ma, Xingrong Lu, Anqin Duan, Peng Zhu, Xianwei Liang
Insulin-induced genes (INSIGs), including INSIG1 and INSIG2, are important mediators that play a pivotal role in the lipid metabolism and could cause the retention of the SCAP/SREBP complex. Therefore, the objective of this study is to detect the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of buffalo INSIG2 gene and evaluate their associations with milk production traits in Chinese buffaloes. A total of four SNPs (g.621272A > G, g.621364A > C, g.632543G > A, and g.632684C > T) were identified using DNA pooled sequencing, and the SNP genotyping for the identified SNPs was performed by using Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry method from 264 individuals...
September 27, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Probes
Vijay K Sharma, Shivlal S Kundu, Sonali Prusty, Chander Datt, Muneendra Kumar
The aim of this study was to evaluate differences in efficiency of feed utilisation between buffalo calves with low and high residual feed intake (RFI) by comparing feed intake, nutrient digestibility, growth traits and blood metabolites. Eighteen male Murrah buffalo calves (aged 4-6 months; 70 ± 1.0 kg body weight) were fed ad libitum with a total mixed ration for 120 d. Based on linear regression models involving dry matter intake (DMI), average daily gain (ADG) and mid-test metabolic body size, calves were assigned into low and high RFI groups...
December 2016: Archives of Animal Nutrition
Mahavir Singh, Poonam Yadav, Anshu Sharma, V K Garg, Dinesh Mittal
The milk samples from buffaloes of Murrah breed at mid lactation stage, reared at an organised dairy farm, were screened for subclinical mastitis based on bacteriological examination and somatic cell count following International Dairy Federation criteria. Milk samples from subclinical mastitis infected and healthy buffaloes were analysed to evaluate physicochemical alterations in terms of protein, fat, pH, electrical conductivity, chloride, minerals (sodium, potassium and calcium) and trace elements (iron, zinc, copper and selenium)...
September 9, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Tegene Negesse, Chander Datt, S S Kundu
A feeding trial with 18 Murrah buffalo heifers (238 ± 63 kg; 1.7 ± 0.4 years old) was conducted for 57 days, and feed intake and body weight were recorded followed by 7 days of urine and feces collection. Heifers were grouped into low (RFI-I) and high (RFI-II) feed efficiency groups by regressing DMI (g head(-1) day(-1)) on BWG (g head(-1) day(-1)) and mid-test MBW (kg). RFI-II heifers had slightly higher DMI (g head(-1) day(-1) and expressed per unit of BW, %BW, MBW, mid-test BW, and mid-test MBW) and all associated nutrient intakes, BWG, feed efficiency traits (FCR, CPCR), digestibility of nutrients, and retentions of crude protein and fat over RFI-I heifers...
September 12, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
P Singh, A K Verma, S C Gupta, U R Mehra
Thirty growing Murrah buffalo calves (8-12 months of age, 109.85 ± 2.43) were reared in parasite free conditions and randomly divided into three equal groups as per CRD. They were fed on iso-caloric (2.01 ME Mcal/Kg diet) diets containing standard protein (SP) diet at 100 %, 90 % of SP (medium protein, MP) and 80 % of SP (low protein, LP) of the protein requirements (Kearl 1982). After 21 days of feeding, each group was further subdivided into two sub-groups (A & B). Animals in sub-groups 'A' served as non-infected control, while in sub group 'B' were orally infected with Fasciola gigantica metacercarie (mc; 1,000 each)...
September 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
Shanshan Li, Ling Li, Qingkun Zeng, Jianxin Liu, Daxi Ren
Understanding the milk protein expression profile in different buffalo breeds plays an important role in improving hybrid selection and determining the effects on milk protein synthesis. The aim of this research is to compare the differences in milk protein content, composition and distribution between River buffalo and their crossbreeds for hybrid screening. Four groups of milk samples that included Nili-Ravi (N), Murrah (M), a Nili-Ravi-Murrah crossbreed (M-N), and a crossbreed of river buffalo with local swamp buffalo (C) were collected...
August 2016: Journal of Dairy Research
Raushan K Singh, A Kumaresan, Shivani Chhillar, Shailendra K Rajak, Utkarsh K Tripathi, Samiksha Nayak, T K Datta, T K Mohanty, R Malhotra
The present study assessed sperm functional characteristics in the frozen-thawed semen of buffalo bulls and estimated their relationship with field fertility. Frozen semen samples from three different freezing operations each from nine Murrah buffalo bulls were used for the assessment of different sperm functions related to fertilizing potential. Bulls were classified into high (n = 2), medium (n = 5), and low (n = 2) fertile based on adjusted field fertility. The sperm functions estimated included membrane integrity using carboxyfluorescein diacetate-propidium iodide, acrosome reaction status using fluorescein isothiocyanate peanut agglutinine, status of apoptosis using Annexin-V, protamine deficiency using Chromomycin A3, membrane stability using Merocyanine 540 and lipid peroxidation status using 4, 4-difluoro-4-bora-3a, 4a-diaza-s-indacene...
July 26, 2016: Theriogenology
Shijia Hu, Joel Parker, Kimon Divaris, Ricardo Padilla, Valerie Murrah, John Timothy Wright
Ameloblastoma is a locally invasive benign neoplasm derived from odontogenic epithelium and presents with diverse phenotypes yet to be characterized molecularly. High recurrence rates of 50-80% with conservative treatment in some sub-types warrants radical surgical resections resulting in high morbidity. The objective of the study was to characterize the transcriptome of ameloblastoma and identify relevant genes and molecular pathways using normal odontogenic tissue (human "dentome") for comparison. Laser capture microdissection was used to obtain neoplastic epithelial tissue from 17 tumors which were examined using the Agilent 44 k whole genome microarray...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ana Cláudia de Freitas, Gregório Miguel Ferreira de Camargo, Nedenia Bonvino Stafuzza, Rusbel Raul Aspilcueta-Borquis, Guilherme Costa Venturini, Marina Mortati Dias, Diercles Francisco Cardoso, Humberto Tonhati
This study identified polymorphisms in the DGAT1 gene in Murrah buffaloes and investigated the associations to milk production and quality traits (milk, fat and protein yields and percentages, somatic cell count). Genomic DNA was extracted from hair follicles collected from the tail of 196 females. Three SNPs were identified in DGAT1 gene by sequencing. Statistical analyses were performed to verify the linkage and the association between polymorphisms and traits. The estimated value of r (2) between two SNPs in exon 17 (g...
October 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Maria Regina Sarkis Peixoto Joele, Lúcia de Fátima Henriques Lourenço, José de Brito Lourenço Júnior, Geisielly Sousa Araujo, Juliana Cristina de Castro Budel, Alexandre Rossetto Garcia
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the physical, chemical, and sensory characteristics of meat from buffaloes finished in a Traditional System (TS) or Silvopastoral System (TSPS) with dietary supplementation. Crossbred Murrah x Mediterranean buffaloes were raised from weaning to slaughter in the TS (n = 15) or were raised in the traditional system and finished in the TSPS (n = 15). After finishing, animals were slaughtered and their carcasses refrigerated for 24 h. The right side of each half-carcass was cut between the 12(th) and 13(th) ribs and the Longissimus thoracis muscle was removed...
July 22, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
V Samatha, Ch Jyothisree, K Ramesh Babu
A study was conducted to determine the prevalence of microfilariasis and analysis of diagnostic methods in buffaloes at Veterinary Poly Clinic, Gudiwada with relation to season, age and breed for a period of 1 year (March 2011-February 2012).Out of 1,222 blood smears examination, only 123 samples were found positive for microfilariasis with a prevalence rate of 10.06 %. Highest prevalence was observed in monsoon (12.54 %) followed by summer (9.18 %) and least in winter (7.05 %). Buffaloes above 9 years age were at high risk with a prevalence rate of 12...
June 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
N Kumar, S A Lone, J K Prasad, M H Jan, S K Ghosh
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of commercial egg yolk powder as an alternative to fresh egg yolk on freezability of Murrah buffalo semen. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Semen samples (12) from 3 Murrah buffaloes (4 from each bull) with mass motility (≥3+) and total motility (70% and above) were utilized in this study. Immediately after collection, each sample was divided into four groups. Groups I was diluted up to 60×10(6) sperm/ml with tris extender containing 10% fresh egg yolk and Groups II, III, and IV were diluted up to 60×10(6) sperm/ml with tris extender containing 2%, 4%, and 6% egg yolk powder, respectively...
June 2016: Veterinary World
V Jamuna, A K Chakravarty
Intense selection of buffaloes for milk production at organized herds of the country without giving due attention to fertility traits has lead to deterioration in their performances. The study was initiated to assess the relationship between milk production and productivity with fertility in Murrah buffaloes. In the present study, fertility was defined in terms of pregnancy rate of Murrah buffaloes. Pregnancy rate measures the percentage of non-pregnant animals that become pregnant during each oestrous cycle...
August 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
Marilene de Farias Brito, Alessandra Dos Santos Belo-Reis, José Diomedes Barbosa, Daniel Guimarães Ubiali, Ana Paula de Castro Pires, Elizabeth Sampaio de Medeiros, Renata Pimentel Bandeira de Melo, Pedro Paulo Feitosa de Albuquerque, Elise Yamasaki, Rinaldo Aparecido Mota
Several farms in the Northeast of Brazil were investigated for Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis infection in order to identify the occurrence of paratuberculosis in buffaloes. Samples were obtained from 17 farms, two slaughter houses, and a quarantine area in the Northeast. About 15,000 buffaloes of the Murrah, Mediterranean, and Jafarabadi breed as well as their crossbreeds were evaluated for meat, dairy, and mixed farms with semi-intensive or extensive breeding practices. For diagnostic purposes, postmortem and histopathological examination, including Ziehl-Neelsen test of fecal smears and scraped intestinal mucosa were performed...
October 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Jasdeep Singh, C S Mukhopadhyay, Simarjeet Kaur, Puneet Malhotra, R S Sethi, R K Choudhary
In the present study, we used high-throughput sequencing, miRNA-seq, to discover and explore the expression profiles of known and novel miRNAs in TLR ligand-stimulated vis-à-vis non-stimulated (i.e. Control) peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) isolated from blood of healthy Murrah buffaloes. Six small RNA (sRNA) libraries were multiplexed in Ion Torrent PI chip and sequenced on Ion Proton System. The reads obtained were aligned to the Bos taurus genome (UMD3.1 assembly), which is phylogenetically closest species to buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)...
2016: PloS One
Sellappan Selvaraju, Binsila B Krishnan, Santhanahalli Siddalingappa Archana, Janivara Parameshwaraiah Ravindra
Insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF1) in the seminal plasma is reported to improve sperm motility by reducing oxidative stress. The present study was conducted to assess the effect of addition of IGF1 on sperm function and protein composition during cryopreservation process. Semen samples were collected from six Murrah buffaloes (2 ejaculates from each animal) and diluted (80 million/ml) in tris egg yolk extender and divided into control, T1, T2 and T3, groups supplemented with 0, 50, 100 and 150 ng of IGF1/mL, respectively...
August 2016: Cryobiology
Kadkao Vongsavan, Praphasri Rirattanapong, Rudee Surarit
Dental caries are a major public health problem worldwide. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of children's follow-on instant powdered cow's milk formula, buffalo milk formula and a chicken-based formula on microhardness of bovine enamel with artificial caries-like lesions. Forty bovine teeth were each placed in acrylic blocks and the enamel surfaces were polished to create flat 5 x 5 millimeter surfaces. The teeth surfaces were then demineralized using 0.1M lactic acid (pH 4.5) to achieve an enamel microhardness of 35-65 Vickers Hardness Numbers (VHN)...
March 2016: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
R Ravinder, Onnureddy Kaipa, Vijay Simha Baddela, Eshu Singhal Sinha, Prashant Singh, Varij Nayan, Chandra Sekhar Naidu Velagala, Rubina Kumari Baithalu, Suneel Kumar Onteru, Dheer Singh
Estrus detection is a major problem in buffalo husbandry because of inconsistent expression of estrous signs at different seasons, and a high prevalence of the silent heat and postpartum anestrus in this species. Around 50% of the estrus events in buffaloes are currently undetected in the field conditions, resulting in a huge economic loss. Although the cervicovaginal fluid fern patterns confirm the estrus for a breeding decision, the fluid discharge is absent during the silent-heat condition. Therefore, the present study focused on the crystallization patterns of the saliva as an alternative method for estrus detection in buffaloes...
September 15, 2016: Theriogenology
N Haque, M Singh, S A Hossain
The present study was aimed at determining changes in milk yield and composition along with the plasminogen-plasmin system of milk, plasma hormones, and metabolites of buffaloes during hot dry season (air temperature range 39.7 to 44.8 °C) under two different management systems. Buffaloes were divided in two groups of six animals each: control and treatment, where treatment group animals accessed benefit of mist and fan cooling from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., while control group animals were devoid of it. Duration of experiment was 6 weeks...
May 12, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
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