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See detailRider and horse salivary cortisol levels during competition and impact on performance.
Peeters, Marie ULg; Closson, Coline; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2013), 33(3), 155-160

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See detailPlasma concentrations of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins measured using anti-bovine PAG-2 antibodies on Day 120 of gestation predict abortion in dairy cows naturally infected with Neospora caninum.
Garcia-ispierto, I; Almeria, S; Serrano, B et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2013), 48

The present study sought to determine: (i) the effects of Neospora caninum infection and twin pregnancy on plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-2 (PAG-2) concentrations throughout pregnancy and (ii ... [more ▼]

The present study sought to determine: (i) the effects of Neospora caninum infection and twin pregnancy on plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-2 (PAG-2) concentrations throughout pregnancy and (ii) whether plasma PAG-2 concentrations could predict abortion in N. caninum-infected cows. The study was performed on a commercial Holstein-Friesian dairy herd in northeastern Spain and the final data included those recorded in 53 non-aborting and 19 aborting animals. Blood samples were collected immediately before pregnancy diagnosis (on Days 40, 90, 120, 150, 180 and 210 post-insemination) in non-aborting cows or until the time of abortion detection in aborting cows. General lineal models (GLM) repeated measures ANOVA revealed the different behavior of PAG-1 and PAG-2, and significant effects of Neospora seropositivity, cool season and twin pregnancy on plasma PAG-2 concentrations throughout gestation (between-subject effects). In addition, based on the odds ratios, the likelihood of abortion increased in Neospora-seropositive cows (by a factor of 7.0) compared to seronegative animals and decreased in cows with a high plasma PAG-2 concentration (>4.5 ng/ml) on Day 120 of pregnancy (by a factor of 0.24), compared to the remaining cows. In conclusion, there is a relationship between plasma PAG-2 concentrations and the risk of abortion in Neosporainfected dairy cows. Thus, plasma PAG concentrations measured using anti-boPAG-2 antiserum on Day 120 of gestation could serve as an indicator of the abortion risk in N. caninum infected animals; values <4.5 ng/ml indicating a high risk of abortion in chronically infected animals. [less ▲]

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See detailPurification of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins from late-pregnancy Bubalus bubalis placentas and development of a radioimmunoassay for pregnancy diagnosis in water buffalo females.
Barbato, Olimpia; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Barile, Vittoria Lucia et al

in BMC Veterinary Research (2013), 9

BACKGROUND: Pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) were first described as placental antigens present in the blood serum of the mother soon after implantation. Here, we describe the purification of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) were first described as placental antigens present in the blood serum of the mother soon after implantation. Here, we describe the purification of several pregnancy-associated glycoproteins from water buffalo placenta (wbPAGs). A specific radioimmunoassay (RIA) was developed for early pregnancy diagnosis in buffalo species. RESULTS: Amino-terminal microsequencing of immunoreactive placental proteins allowed the identification of eleven wbPAGs sequences [Swiss-Prot accession numbers: P86369 to P86379]. Three polyclonal antisera (AS#858, AS#859 and AS#860) were raised in rabbits against distinct wbPAG fractions. A new RIA (RIA-860) was developed and used to distinguish between pregnant (n = 33) and non-pregnant (n = 26) water buffalo females. CONCLUSIONS: Our results confirmed the multiplicity of PAG expression in buffalo placenta. In addition, the RIA-860 system was shown to be sensitive, linear, reproducible, accurate and specific in measuring PAG concentrations in buffalo plasma samples from Day 37 of gestation onwards. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring the circadian rhythm of serum and salivary cortisol concentrations in the horse
Bohak, Zs; Szabo, F.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Domestic Animal Endocrinology (2013), 45(1), 38-42

Daily fluctuations of cortisol concentration in the blood or saliva have been repeatedly reported. However, several contradictions in the existing literature appear on this subject. The present study was ... [more ▼]

Daily fluctuations of cortisol concentration in the blood or saliva have been repeatedly reported. However, several contradictions in the existing literature appear on this subject. The present study was performed to definitively establish options for testing adrenocortical function. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate parallel circadian rhythms in salivary and serum cortisol concentrations during a 24-h period. Twenty horses were examined under the same conditions. Blood and saliva samples were taken every 2 h for 24 h to determine the daily changes in cortisol concentrations of saliva and serum at rest and to determine the relationship between salivary and serum cortisol levels. Cosinor analysis of group mean data confirmed a significant circadian component for both serum and salivary cortisol concentrations (P < 0.001 in both cases). The serum cortisol circadian rhythm had an acrophase at 10:50 AM (95% CI, 10:00 AM-11:40 AM), a MESOR of 22.67 ng/mL, and an amplitude of 11.93 ng/mL. The salivary cortisol circadian rhythm had an acrophase at 10:00 AM (95% CI, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM), a MESOR of 0.52 ng/mL, and an amplitude of 0.12 ng/mL. We found a significant but weak association between salivary and serum cortisol concentrations; the Pearson correlation coefficient was 0.32 (P < 0.001). The use of salivary cortisol level as an indicator of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity may be warranted. However, the salivary cortisol levels are more likely to be correlated with free plasma cortisol than with the total plasma cortisol concentration. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship between plasma progesterone and pregnancy-associated glycoprotein concentrations during early pregnancy in dairy cows
Barbato, O; Merlo, M; Celi, P et al

in Veterinary Journal (2013)

The relationship between the concentration of plasma progesterone (P4) during embryo attachment or at recognition of pregnancy, and that of pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) was assessed in dairy ... [more ▼]

The relationship between the concentration of plasma progesterone (P4) during embryo attachment or at recognition of pregnancy, and that of pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) was assessed in dairy cows. The outcome of artificial insemination (AI) was classified as positive (AI+), negative (AIÿ), or late embryonic mortality (EM) by measuring circulating PAG concentrations and by ultrasonography. Based on P4 concentrations at either day 21 or day 15, AI+ and EM cows were classified into ‘low’ (P4 concentrations < mean) and ‘high’ (P4 concentrations > mean) P4 groups. In both experiments, the threshold of P4 concentration between the ‘low’ and ‘high’ groups was approximately 6 ng/mL. PAG concentrations were lower in the ‘low’ group only when P4 concentrations were below the threshold. The study findings suggest that a possible P4 threshold exists below which PAG secretion may be impaired [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Azawak colostrum administration on plasma protein profile in red kid
Abdoul, H; Marichatou, H; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2nd Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2012, October 19)

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See detailPlacental and gastric aspartic proteinases: new insights from bovine species
Bella, Amina ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg

in Proceedings of the 2nd Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2012, October 19)

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See detailImmature equine oocyte vitrification
Gatez, Carine ULg; Ectors, F.J.; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, October 19)

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See detailEffect of bovine Azawak colostrum administration on plasma protein profile in red kid.
Abdou, Harouna ULg; Marichatou, Hamani; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 11)

This study evaluated the impact of heterologous Azawak colostrum administration on plasma protein profile in red kids from Niger. Forty (40) newborn kids were affected to one of two treatments: control ... [more ▼]

This study evaluated the impact of heterologous Azawak colostrum administration on plasma protein profile in red kids from Niger. Forty (40) newborn kids were affected to one of two treatments: control group (access to water and the mother) and colostrum group (access to the mother, water and additional 50 ml of colostrum Azawak/animal the day of birth, then 25ml/animal/day from the 2nd to 15th day). Blood samples (10ml/animal) were obtained at the age of 10 and 30 days by jugular puncture into EDTA vacutainer tubes. The quantification of total protein was performed by the Biuret method. The agarose gel electrophoresis was used to determine serum levels of albumin, ɑ-globulin, β1-globulin, β2-globulin, γ-globulin and finally the albumin/globulin ratio. In general, the average concentrations of these proteins obtained at both ages reached higher values in colostrum than in control group. At day 10, the colostrum group tended to show (P <0.07) higher levels for ɑ-globulin and showed higher values (P <0.04) for β1-globulin. At day 30, total protein and β2-globulins were higher in colostrum group. The administration of heterologous colostrum in kid seems to have positive effects on some plasma parameters. It would be worth to discriminate the plasma proteins derived from bovine and maternal colostra. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of pregnancy losses after embryo transfer by measuring plasma progesterone and bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 concentrations
Breukelman, S. P.; Perényi, Z.; Taverne, M. A. M. et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2012), 194(1), 71-76

The aim of this analysis was to determine whether pregnancy loss (PL) after embryo transfer (ET) in cattle was related to maternal progesterone (P4) concentrations during and shortly after ET, and ... [more ▼]

The aim of this analysis was to determine whether pregnancy loss (PL) after embryo transfer (ET) in cattle was related to maternal progesterone (P4) concentrations during and shortly after ET, and maternal bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (bPAG-1) concentrations in plasma at days 25–35 of gestation. Embryos (n = 260) were produced either in vivo after superovulation (n = 115), or in vitro from oocytes (obtained with ovum pick-up) in co-culture (n = 44) or cultured in a synthetic medium (n = 101). Overall, PL was 56.9% (148) and no significant differences occurred in calving rate among the three embryo production groups. There was no difference in P4 concentrations on days 7–14 of gestation in the three groups, nor between ongoing and interrupted pregnancies. Between days 25 and 35 of pregnancy, bPAG-1 concentrations were unaffected by embryo production, but in cattle that had PL between days 26 and 120, four bPAG-1 profiles could be detected. Between days 25 and 32, bPAG-1 concentrations were influenced by PL, and concentrations were significantly lower in animals in which PL occurred between days 26 and 120 than in those animals that aborted later or calved at term. Early P4 concentrations suggested that maternal luteal factors were not responsible for PL which appeared to be caused by impaired conceptus development (regardless of embryo type) as reflected by low maternal bPAG-1 concentrations prior to embryonic death [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) concentrations in swamp buffalo samples from fetal and maternal origins by using interspecies antisera.
Nguyen, V. H.; Barbato, O.; Bui, X. N. et al

in Animal Science Journal (2012), 83(10), 683-689

Pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG) constitute a large family of glycoproteins found in the outer placental epithelial cell layer of the placenta in Eutherian species. In ruminants, they are noted to ... [more ▼]

Pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG) constitute a large family of glycoproteins found in the outer placental epithelial cell layer of the placenta in Eutherian species. In ruminants, they are noted to be structurally closely related among the different species. This study was designed to determine PAG concentrations in maternal and fetal plasma, allantoic and amniotic fluids in buffalo species. Antisera (AS) generated in rabbits against distinct PAG molecules were used in three RIA-PAG systems: RIA-1 (raised against bovine PAG67kDa; AS#497), RIA-2 (raised against caprine PAG55+62kDa; AS#706) or RIA-3 (raised against buffalo PAG; AS#859). Samples were collected at slaughterhouse (n = 67). PAG concentrations determined by RIA-2 gave significantly higher results in both allantoic and amniotic fluids (12.7 ± 2.1 ng/ml and 24.0 ± 7.3 ng/ml, respectively). Regarding maternal and fetal plasma, PAG concentrations obtained by RIA-2 (21.8 ± 2.4 ng/ml and 20.2 ± 2.5 ng/ml, respectively) and RIA-3 (25.0 ± 2.2 ng/mL and 21.9 ± 3.2 ng/ml, respectively) were higher than those obtained by RIA-1 (15.5 ± 1.4 ng/ml and 16.1 ± 1.8 ng/ml, respectively). The correlation among the three systems was very high. The study clearly reveals the ability of PAG-RIA systems to determine PAG concentration in swamp buffalo samples. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro oocyte IGF-I priming increases inner cell mass proliferation of in vitro-formed bovine blastocysts
Velazquez, MA; Hadeler, KG; Herrmann, D et al

in Theriogenology (2012), 78(3), 517-527

Studies addressing the effects of supraphysiological levels of IGF-1 on oocyte developmental competence are relevant for unravelling conditions resulting in high bioavailability of IGF-1, such as the ... [more ▼]

Studies addressing the effects of supraphysiological levels of IGF-1 on oocyte developmental competence are relevant for unravelling conditions resulting in high bioavailability of IGF-1, such as the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This study investigated the effects of supraphysiological levels of IGF-1 during in vivo folliculogenesis on the morula-blastocyst transition in bovine embryos. Compacted morulae were non-surgically collected and frozen for subsequent mRNA expression analysis (IGF1R, IGBP3, TP53, AKT1, SLC2A1, SLC2A3, and SLC2A8), or underwent confocalmicroscopy analysis for protein localization (IGF1R and TP53), or were cultured in vitro for 24 h. In vitro-formed blastocysts were subjected to differential cell staining. The mRNA expression of SLC2A8 was higher in morulae collected from cows treated with IGF-1. Both IGF1R and TP53 protein were present in the plasma membrane and cytoplasm. IGF-1 treatment did not affect protein localization of both IGF1R and TP53. In vitro-formed blastocysts derived from morulae recovered from IGF-1-treated cows displayed a higher number of cells in the inner cell mass (ICM). Total cell number (TCN) of in vitro-formed blastocysts was not affected. A higher mean ICM/TCN proportion was observed in in vitro-formed blastocysts derived from morulae collected from cows treated with IGF-1. The percentage of in vitro-formed blastocysts displaying a low ICM/TCN proportion was decreased by IGF-1 treatment. In vitro-formed blastocysts with a high ICM/TCN proportion were only detected in IGF-1 treated cows. Results show that even a short in vivo exposure of oocytes to a supraphysiological IGF-1 microenvironment can increase ICM cell proliferation in vitro during the morula to blastocyst transition [less ▲]

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See detailPregnancy-associated glycoprotein, chymosin and pepsinogen immunoreactivity of proteins extracted from fetal gastric tissue in bovine species.
Bella, Amina ULg; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Dehimi, M. L. et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (2012), 92(3), 378-386

The objective of this work was to investigate the expression of gastric aspartic proteinases in fundic and pyloric mucosa removed from bovine fetuses. For this purpose, fractions issued from classical ... [more ▼]

The objective of this work was to investigate the expression of gastric aspartic proteinases in fundic and pyloric mucosa removed from bovine fetuses. For this purpose, fractions issued from classical biochemical protocols were analyzed by proteolytic method, by PAG-RIA and by Western blot with the use of antisera raised against both pepsinogens and PAG. A strong reaction of proteins extracted from the fundic mucosa collected at the beginning of pregnancy was revealed with both anti-bPAG-I and anti-bPAG-II antisera, suggesting the expression of pepsinogen F in bovine species. Concerning pyloric mucosa, the analysis by Western blot highlighted a very strong immunoreaction with the anti-bovine chymosin serum. Amino-terminal sequencing allowed to identify bovine fetuin and albumin in fundic extracts, chymosin in the pyloric mucosa extracts, as well as some unknown proteins in both mucosa. Despite no N-terminal microsequence corresponding to the hypothetical pepsinogen F could be identified, it cannot be excluded that an existing bovine pepsinogen F-like molecule could be degraded during the purification procedure or that co-purified proteins could be responsible for masking its N-terminal microsequence. [less ▲]

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See detailThe inseminating bull and plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein levels were related to peripheral leukocyte counts during the late pregnancy/early postpartum period in high-producing dairy cows.
Abdelfatah-Hassan, A.; Almeria, S.; Serrano, B. et al

in Theriogenology (2012), 77(7), 1390-1397

The interest in the immunology and endocrinology aspects of the peripartum in dairy cows has been increasing in the last years, since the animal status during the pre- and postpartum period determines the ... [more ▼]

The interest in the immunology and endocrinology aspects of the peripartum in dairy cows has been increasing in the last years, since the animal status during the pre- and postpartum period determines the subsequent productive and reproductive performance of the animal. At parturition, a drop in the immune functions of the peripheral blood polymorph-nuclear cells (PMN) was observed after a peak of Pregnancy-Associated Glycoproteins (PAGs) and recently, the inseminating bull was found to affect the plasma levels of bovine Pregnancy-Associated Glycoproteins (bovine PAGs) in the pregnant Holstein-Friesian dairy cows. The present work was aimed to determine whether changes in leukocyte counts during the peripartum, indicative of the animal immune status, could be related to the inseminating bull and to the levels of plasma pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs). Ninety six clinically healthy, single pregnant cows were selected in a commercial dairy herd. Six blood samples (four prepartum and two postpartum) were obtained every two weeks, and total and differential blood cell counts were analyzed. Based on procedures of General Linear Model analysis of variance for repeated measures, the inseminating bull affected counts of total leukocytes and lymphocytes (P<0.001; between-subject effects) throughout the peripartum period. In addition, cows with high plasma levels of PAGs (>900 ρg/µL) on Day 262-268 of gestation had higher numbers of total leukocytes and neutrophils throughout the peripartum period (P<0.001; between-subject effects). Young animals (≤ 1 lactation) had higher total leukocyte and lymphocytes counts than older cows (two or more lactations) throughout the study period. These results showed a clear relationship between the inseminating bull and plasma PAG levels and peripheral leukocyte counts during the peripartum period of dairy cows. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigations sur les protéines placentaires extraites des cotylédons fœtaux du Cervus elaphus
Fondja, E.; Okuyama, M.; Petrova, A. et al

Poster (2012, February)

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See detailFollicular status and embryo production in Ouled Djellal (Algeria) ewes breed pretreated with a GnRH agonist
Gharbi, I; Ferrouk, M; Dechicha, A et al

in Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances (2012), 7(2), 117-127

Variability in ovulation rate and number of embryos in response to superovulation is the main limiting factor in small ruminants transfer programs. The objective of this study was to evaluate the ovarian ... [more ▼]

Variability in ovulation rate and number of embryos in response to superovulation is the main limiting factor in small ruminants transfer programs. The objective of this study was to evaluate the ovarian follicular status and in vivo embryo production in Ouled djellal ewes following a pre-treatment with a Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) agonist. Twenty (n = 20) cycling ewes were allotted into two groups, the first (n = 10) received subcutaneously a daily injection of 40 micrograms buserelin for 14 days prior to superovulatory treatment (pretreated group) while the second group (n = 10) did not receive GnRH agonist before superovulatory treatment (control group). Before batching, the ovarian follicular population was assessed by laparoscopy numbering of the ovarian follicles. In the pretreated ewes, a significant increase in small follicles (8.50±1.64 vs. 15.50±2.74, p<0.01) and a suppression of large follicles (≥4 mm) (4, 3±0.76 vs. 0.0, p<0.001) was observed after treatment with Buserelin. In addition to the pretreated group, the number of small follicles prior to porcine Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (pFSH) treatment was higher and the number of large follicles smaller than the control group. The ovulatory response and the number of transferable embryos per ewe treated was significantly higher in ewes pretreated than in control ewes (ovulatory response: 17,8±1,56 vs. 9,1±1,11; p<0.001) (transferable embryos: 10.2±1.87 vs. 4.1±0.40, p≤0.01). Compared to the pretreated group a higher percentage of degenerated embryos was recorded in the control group (control: 20.40 vs. 7.27 pretreated, p<0.05). The pre-treatment with a GnRHa to the superovulation protocol improve embryo production in Ouled Djellal ewes, in allowing the terminal follicular growth inhibition and increasing of small follicles number at the start of p FSH treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude de la cyclicité en relation avec le poids vif et l’état corporel chez les agnelles Ouled Djellal nées en automne dans la région Est de l’Algérie
Lamrani, F; Benyounes, A; Sulon, J et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2012), 156

The objective of the present work was to describe the cyclicity of Ouled Djellal ewes born one year before regarding their live weight and body condition score, during the autumn season. The study has ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present work was to describe the cyclicity of Ouled Djellal ewes born one year before regarding their live weight and body condition score, during the autumn season. The study has been driven in the region of Guelma, East of Algeria, on 104 ewes belonging to two farms. At the beginning of the study, ewes from farms A and B had similar ages but differed in live weight and body condition scores. The concentration of progesterone wasdetermined by radioimmunoassay. The level of spontaneous cyclicity, as well as the plasmatic level of the progesterone, were influenced significantly by both live weight and body condition score (P<0.0001). If the first was in favor of ewes with high body weight and body condition score, the second seemed to be higher in slim cyclic ewes. The body fatness appears to influence positively the age of puberty. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysiologie de la production et composition chimique du colostrum des grands mammifères domestiques: généralités
Abdou, Harouna; Marichatou, H; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2012), 156

In most mammals, the ingestion of colostrum is essential to the survival of the newborn. The main objective of this work is to synthesize data from studies on colostrum, especially on the physiology of ... [more ▼]

In most mammals, the ingestion of colostrum is essential to the survival of the newborn. The main objective of this work is to synthesize data from studies on colostrum, especially on the physiology of its production and its chemical composition. The sequence of events leading to the production of colostrum is identical in all species. However, the duration of these phases varies. Colostrum is rich in immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgM, IgE and IgD), nutrients (proteins, lipids, lactose, minerals), hormones and growth factors (prolactin, insulin, estrogens, IgF), immune cells (leukocytes cells, epithelial cells), vitamins (carotene, vitamin E) and finally in enzymes such as lactoperoxidase and alkaline phosphatase. Its composition is dependent on many factors that can be divided into intrinsic ones, related to the animal, and extrinsic or environmental ones. Colostrum contains all the elements necessary to not only protection against attacks of pathogens but also to rapid growth of young animals. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of restraint stess on plasma concentrations of cortisol, progesterone and pregnancy associated-glycoproteins-1 in pregnant heifers during late embryonic development.
Szenci, O.; Karen, A.; Bajcsy, A. C. et al

in Theriogenology (2011), 76(8), 1380-1385

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of restraint stress, which is commonly practised in the field, on plasma concentrations of cortisol, progesterone (P4) and bovine pregnancy ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of restraint stress, which is commonly practised in the field, on plasma concentrations of cortisol, progesterone (P4) and bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (boPAG-1) in pregnant heifers between Days 30 to 40 of gestation. Twelve Holstein-Friesian heifers between Days 30 (Day 0 of experiment) and 40 (Day 10 of experiment) of pregnancy in a Hungarian dairy farm were used in the present study. The heifers were exposed to an acute stressor consisting of immobilisation (restraint stress) in a crush for 2 h (Group 1, n = 6) on Day 2 (Hour 48) and for 2 × 2 h (Group 2, n = 6) on Days 2 and 3 (Hour 72) of the experiment. Transrectal ultrasonography (7.5 MHz linear-array rectal transducer) was performed daily from Day 0 to Day 10 of the experiment to detect embryonic heartbeat or the fate of the conceptus. Blood samples were withdrawn before each ultrasonographic examination. Additional blood samples were withdrawn by 1 and 2 h (at Hours 49 and 50 in Groups 1 and 2 and Hours 73 and 74 in Group 2) of the onset of applying the stressor. Plasma cortisol, P4 and boPAG-1 concentrations were measured by radioimmunoassay. Acute restraint stress significantly (P < 0.001) increased the plasma cortisol level in pregnant heifers at 1 h of the exposure to the stressor at Days 2 (48 h) and 3 (72 h) of the experiment. On the other hand, the restraint stress did not affect the concentration of P4 and boPAG-1 concentrations in both groups. In conclusion, restraint stress for 2 h during early pregnancy in heifers increased blood cortisol, but it did not affect the concentrations of P4 and boPAG-1 between Days 30 to 40 of gestation. [less ▲]

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