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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805449/stallion-sperm-cryopreservation-using-various-permeating-agents-interplay-between-concentration-and-cooling-rate
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Harriëtte Oldenhof, Judith Bigalk, Christiane Hettel, Lawrence de Oliveira Barros, Bulat Sydykov, Árpád Cs Bajcsy, Harald Sieme, Willem F Wolkers
In this study, modeling and experimental approaches were used to investigate the interplay between cooling rate and protectant concentration for cryopreservation of stallion sperm. Glycerol (GLY), ethylene glycol (EG), dimethylformamide (DMF), propylene glycol (PG), and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were tested as cryoprotective agents (CPAs), using concentrations up to 1500 mM and cooling rates ranging from 5°C to 55°C min(-1). Modeling of the extent of sperm dehydration during freezing was done using previously determined values of the sperm membrane permeability to water to predict optimal cooling rates for cryopreservation...
August 14, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804963/effect-of-housing-system-on-reproductive-behaviour-and-on-some-endocrinological-and-seminal-parameters-of-donkey-stallions
#2
A Rota, M Sgorbini, D Panzani, F Bonelli, P Baragli, N Ille, D Gatta, C Sighieri, L Casini, M M Maggiorelli, C Aurich, F Camillo
Reproductive management of male donkeys employed for artificial breeding has been poorly studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of housing system, with the animals grouped together in a paddock or kept in individual boxes, on sexual behaviour, cortisol and testosterone concentration and seminal characteristics of adult male donkeys. The study included four Amiata donkey jacks (stallions) from which ejaculates, saliva and blood were collected during two distinct 3 weeks periods, one in the group and one in the box housing system...
August 14, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772242/the-relationship-between-the-welfare-quality-and-stress-index-in-working-and-breeding-horses
#3
Silvana Popescu, Eva A Diugan
The aim of this observational study was to investigate if a relationship exists between the calculated overall individual welfare score (as an indicator of the welfare quality) and the neutrophil:lymphocyte (N:L) ratio (as a stress indicator) in working (draught) and reproduction horses (breeding stallions and broodmares), in two different seasons. The welfare of the horses was assessed by a protocol which included health and behavioural parameters. An individual welfare score was computed, the total and differential WBC count was established and the N:L ratio was calculated for each of the 1482 assessed horses...
July 26, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762781/application-of-the-hands-on-donkey-tool-for-assessing-the-welfare-of-working-equids-at-tuliman-mexico
#4
F Galindo, A de Aluja, R Cagigas, L A Huerta, T A Tadich
Equids are still used for diverse chores in Mexico and are essential for the livelihoods of numerous families. Appropriate health and behavior are prerequisites for performing work without affecting welfare. This study aimed to assess the welfare of working equids in Tuliman, applying the hands-on donkey tool. This tool evaluates five dimensions (behavior, body condition score [BCS], wounds, lameness, and other health issues) and was applied to 438 working equids (horses, mules, and donkeys). The Kruskall-Wallis test was applied to investigate differences between species and sex...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753433/effect-of-kisspeptin-10-lh-and-hcg-on-serum-testosterone-concentrations-in-stallions-donkeys-and-mules
#5
Rana Waseem Akhtar, Syed Aftab Hussain Shah, Irfan Zia Qureshi
This study was conducted to determine the response of serum testosterone (T) in male equines (stallions, donkeys and mules) after administering intravenous doses of kisspeptin-10 (KP-10), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and luteinizing hormone (LH) and saline as a control. The animals were divided into four groups of three each: Group I, 3 ml of 0.95% saline; Group II, 50 μg KP-10; Group III, 2500 IU hCG and group IV, 400 μg LH. The administration of KP-10 and hCG to stallions resulted in a significant increase in serum T concentration at 240 min; whereas it was significantly higher at 30, 60, 120, and 240 min with LH treatment as compared to pre-dose concentrations...
July 21, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730713/investigation-of-genetic-diversity-and-inbreeding-in-a-japanese-native-horse-breed-for-suggestions-on-its-conservation
#6
Akio Onogi, Kouichi Shirai, Tomoko Amano
Because native breeds can serve as genetic resources for adapting to environment changes, their conservation is important for future agroecosystems. Using pedigree analysis, we investigated genetic diversity and inbreeding in Japanese Hokkaido native horses, which have adapted to a cold climate and roughage diet. Genetic diversity was measured as the number of founders and the effective number of founders, ancestors and genomes. All metrics imply a decrease in genetic diversity. A comparison of these metrics suggested that pedigree bottlenecks contributed more than did random gene losses to the reduction of genetic diversity...
July 21, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708505/seasonal-changes-of-dna-fragmentation-and-quality-of-raw-and-cold-stored-stallion-spermatozoa
#7
L Wach-Gygax, D Burger, E Malama, H Bollwein, A Fleisch, E Jeannerat, S Thomas, G Schuler, F Janett
In this study annual fluctuations of DNA fragmentation and quality of cold-stored equine sperm were evaluated. Ejaculates were collected weekly during one year from 15 stallions. Ejaculate volume, sperm concentration and total sperm count were determined and semen was then extended and cold-stored for 48 h. Sperm motility was evaluated by CASA before and after 24 as well as 48 h of cold storage. In addition, the percentages of sperm with intact plasma membrane and acrosome (PMAI %) and with low intracellular Ca(2+) level were determined in cold-stored semen (24 h, 48 h)...
May 30, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708494/relationship-between-echotextural-and-histomorphometric-characteristics-of-stallion-testes
#8
Malgorzata Pozor, Heather Morrissey, Valeria Albanese, Natalie Khouzam, Alexis Deriberprey, Margo L Macpherson, Audrey A Kelleman
The goal of this study was to investigate correlations between objective measures of testicular echotexture and histomorphometric attributes related to the histological composition of stallion testes. Fifty-four scrotal testes were obtained from three groups of stallions during routine castrations: colts <1 yr old (n = 18), young stallions 1-5 yrs old (n = 27), mature stallions > 5 yrs old (n = 9). In addition, two scrotal testes with degeneration, 16 retained inguinal and 10 retained abdominal testes were surgically obtained...
June 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697876/pharmacokinetics-of-the-anti-androgenic-drug-flutamide-in-healthy-stallions
#9
Francisco Javier Mendoza, Juan Manuel Serrano-Rodriguez, Antonio Buzon-Cuevas, Alejandro Perez-Ecija
Alternatives to surgical castration are necessary for controlling the sexual behaviour of stallions with breeding potential in training and competition. Flutamide is a potent selective non-steroidal androgen receptor competitive antagonist that has been used in human beings as an anti-androgenic drug. In this study, the pharmacokinetics and bioavailability of flutamide and its main active metabolite, 2-hydroflutamide, were determined in seven healthy mature stallions. Single doses of flutamide (1mg/kg intravenously, 1mg/kg orally in fasted horses, 5mg/kg orally in fasted horses and 5mg/kg orally in fed horses) were administered randomly at intervals of 2 weeks...
June 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669755/y-chromosome-uncovers-the-recent-oriental-origin-of-modern-stallions
#10
Barbara Wallner, Nicola Palmieri, Claus Vogl, Doris Rigler, Elif Bozlak, Thomas Druml, Vidhya Jagannathan, Tosso Leeb, Ruedi Fries, Jens Tetens, Georg Thaller, Julia Metzger, Ottmar Distl, Gabriella Lindgren, Carl-Johan Rubin, Leif Andersson, Robert Schaefer, Molly McCue, Markus Neuditschko, Stefan Rieder, Christian Schlötterer, Gottfried Brem
The Y chromosome directly reflects male genealogies, but the extremely low Y chromosome sequence diversity in horses has prevented the reconstruction of stallion genealogies [1, 2]. Here, we resolve the first Y chromosome genealogy of modern horses by screening 1.46 Mb of the male-specific region of the Y chromosome (MSY) in 52 horses from 21 breeds. Based on highly accurate pedigree data, we estimated the de novo mutation rate of the horse MSY and showed that various modern horse Y chromosome lineages split much later than the domestication of the species...
July 10, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619163/frequent-occurrence-of-nonprimate-hepacivirus-infections-in-thoroughbred-breeding-horses-a-cross-sectional-study-for-the-occurrence-of-infections-and-potential-risk-factors
#11
Claudia Reichert, Amely Campe, Stephanie Walter, Stephanie Pfaender, Kathrin Welsch, Inga Ruddat, Harald Sieme, Karsten Feige, Eike Steinmann, Jessika M V Cavalleri
Recently, several new hepaciviruses have been identified of which the nonprimate hepacivirus (NPHV) - the closest relative to hepatitis C virus (HCV) discovered to date - is highly prevalent in horses. However, potential risk factors for the transmission of NPHV among horses remain still unknown. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the occurrence of NPHV infections in Thoroughbreds in northern and western Germany and to identify potential risk factors associated with NPHV infections. Using a cross-sectional study design, a total of 733 serum samples from Thoroughbred broodmares and stallions from northern and western Germany were analyzed for the presence of anti-NPHV nonstructural protein 3 (NS3) antibodies and NPHV RNA using the luciferase immunoprecipitation system (LIPS) and a quantitative real-time PCR, respectively...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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
#12
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/28590353/proposed-clinical-pathway-for-non-operative-management-of-high-grade-pediatric-pancreatic-injuries-based-on-a-multicenter-analysis-a-pediatric-trauma-society-collaborative
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Bindi J Naik-Mathuria, Eric H Rosenfeld, Adam Vogel, Ankush Gosain, Randall Burd, Richard A Falcone, Rajan Thakkar, Barbara Gaines, David Mooney, Mauricio Escobar, Mubeen Jafri, Anthony Stallion, Denise B Klinkner, Robert Russell, Brendan Campbell, Rita V Burke, Jeffrey Upperman, David Juang, Shawn St Peter, Stephon J Fenton, Marianne Beaudin, Hale Wills, Stephanie Polites, Adam Pattyn, Christine Leeper, Laura V Veras, Ilan Maizlin, Shefali Thaker, Alexis Smith, Megan Waddell, Joseph Drews, James Gilmore, Lindsey Armstrong, Alexis Alex Ler, Suzanne Moody, Brandon Behrens, Laurence Carmant
BACKGROUND: Guidelines for non-operative management (NOM) of high-grade pancreatic injuries in children have not been established, and wide practice variability exists. The purpose of this study was to evaluate common clinical strategies across multiple pediatric trauma centers in order to develop a consensus-based standard clinical pathway. METHODS: A multicenter, retrospective review was conducted of children with high-grade (AAST grade III-V) pancreatic injuries treated with NOM between 2010-15...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583604/prediction-of-the-fertility-of-stallion-frozen-thawed-semen-using-a-combination-of-computer-assisted-motility-analysis-microscopical-observation-and-flow-cytometry
#14
I Barrier Battut, A Kempfer, N Lemasson, L Chevrier, S Camugli
Spermatozoa from some stallions do not maintain an acceptable fertility after freezing and thawing. The selection of frozen ejaculates that would be suitable for insemination is mainly based on post-thaw motility, but the prediction of fertility remains limited. A recent study in our laboratory has enabled the determination of a new protocol for the evaluation of fresh stallion semen, combining microscopical observation, computer-assisted motility analysis and flow cytometry, and providing a high level of fertility prediction...
July 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583602/effects-of-environmental-temperature-and-season-on-hair-coat-characteristics-physiologic-and-reproductive-parameters-in-shetland%C3%A2-pony-stallions
#15
Kathrin Schmidt, Katharina Deichsel, Rodrigo Arruda de Oliveira, Jörg Aurich, Natascha Ille, Christine Aurich
We hypothesized that housing of stallions in a thermoneutral temperature zone during autumn and winter does not only influence metabolism and hair shedding but also improves the characteristics of raw and processed semen. Fertile Shetland pony stallions were followed from October to June. This time coincided with the seasons autumn, winter and spring. Ponies were kept in outside paddocks (group CON, n = 8) or in indoor stables (group ST, n = 8) from October to March when ST stallions returned to outdoor paddocks, but ponies remained in the same groups...
July 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558006/pulse-doppler-ultrasound-as-a-tool-for-the-diagnosis-of-chronic-testicular-dysfunction-in-stallions
#16
Jose M Ortiz-Rodriguez, Luis Anel-Lopez, Patricia Martín-Muñoz, Mercedes Álvarez, Gemma Gaitskell-Phillips, Luis Anel, Pedro Rodríguez-Medina, Fernando J Peña, Cristina Ortega Ferrusola
Testicular function is particularly susceptible to vascular insult, resulting in a negative impact on sperm production and quality of the ejaculate. A prompt diagnosis of testicular dysfunction enables implementation of appropriate treatment, hence improving fertility forecasts for stallions. The present research aims to: (1) assess if Doppler ultrasonography is a good tool to diagnose stallions with testicular dysfunction; (2) to study the relationship between Doppler parameters of the testicular artery and those of sperm quality assessed by flow cytometry and (3) to establish cut off values to differentiate fertile stallions from those with pathologies causing testicular dysfunction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549567/how-stallions-influence-the-dynamic-of-collective-movements-in-two-groups-of-domestic-horses-from-departure-to-arrival
#17
Léa Briard, Jean-Louis Deneubourg, Odile Petit
The role of leader in polygynous species has been solely attributed to the male for some time, but recent studies have shown decision making to be distributed within the group. However, the specific reproductive strategy and behavioural repertoire of males in polygynous species such as horses may mean that these individuals still have the potential to play a specific role during decision making. To investigate this subject, we thoroughly studied the behaviour of two domestic stallions during collective movements of their group...
May 23, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488462/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-performance-dentistry-on-equine-rideability-a-randomized-blinded-controlled-trial
#18
Sébastien Moine, Shannon Axiak Flammer, Päivi de Jesus Maia-Nussbaumer, Micaël D Klopfenstein Bregger, Vincent Gerber
OBJECTIVE: This study attempted to determine: 1) if degree of dental malocclusion assigned prior to dental treatment was associated with equine rideability, assessed using a standardized score and 2) if performance dentistry improved this score. ANIMALS: Thirty-Eight Franches-Montagnes stallions. METHODS: All horses were examined and assigned a dental malocclusion score by a veterinary dentist and randomized into two groups: sham treatment (Groups S) or performance dentistry including occlusal equilibration (Group D)...
May 10, 2017: Veterinary Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460664/the-effect-of-flash-freezing-temperature-on-stallion-sperm-dna-structure
#19
R Serafini, D D Varner, W Bissett, T L Blanchard, S R Teague, C C Love
The effect of flash-freezing storage temperature on stallion sperm DNA has not been evaluated. Commonly, sperm are flash-frozen at various temperatures to preserve sperm DNA prior to analysis. It is unclear whether the temperature at which sperm are frozen and stored may affect the results of DNA assays. In this study, the neutral comet assay was used to evaluate the effect of flash-freezing storage temperature (freezer [-60 °C], dry ice [-78.5 °C], liquid nitrogen [-196 °C]) compared to fresh sperm DNA structure...
June 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450643/ancient-genomic-changes-associated-with-domestication-of-the-horse
#20
Pablo Librado, Cristina Gamba, Charleen Gaunitz, Clio Der Sarkissian, Mélanie Pruvost, Anders Albrechtsen, Antoine Fages, Naveed Khan, Mikkel Schubert, Vidhya Jagannathan, Aitor Serres-Armero, Lukas F K Kuderna, Inna S Povolotskaya, Andaine Seguin-Orlando, Sébastien Lepetz, Markus Neuditschko, Catherine Thèves, Saleh Alquraishi, Ahmed H Alfarhan, Khaled Al-Rasheid, Stefan Rieder, Zainolla Samashev, Henri-Paul Francfort, Norbert Benecke, Michael Hofreiter, Arne Ludwig, Christine Keyser, Tomas Marques-Bonet, Bertrand Ludes, Eric Crubézy, Tosso Leeb, Eske Willerslev, Ludovic Orlando
The genomic changes underlying both early and late stages of horse domestication remain largely unknown. We examined the genomes of 14 early domestic horses from the Bronze and Iron Ages, dating to between ~4.1 and 2.3 thousand years before present. We find early domestication selection patterns supporting the neural crest hypothesis, which provides a unified developmental origin for common domestic traits. Within the past 2.3 thousand years, horses lost genetic diversity and archaic DNA tracts introgressed from a now-extinct lineage...
April 28, 2017: Science
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