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See detailA flow cytometric study on the effect of myeloperoxidase on stallion spermatozoal motility and structure
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg; Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg et al

in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2012, August), 32(8), 509

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme that is normally contained in neutrophils. MPO has recently been associated with keratinized cells and with decreased post-thaw motility in stallion semen [1 ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme that is normally contained in neutrophils. MPO has recently been associated with keratinized cells and with decreased post-thaw motility in stallion semen [1]. The aim of the study was to determine effects of experimental addition of active MPO on motility, mitochondrial potential, apoptosis induction, membrane and acrosome integrity in equine semen. Three stallions were used and semen was collected four times. Extended (INRA96TM) semen was processed for density gradient centrifugation (Equipure Bottom Layer®) [2]. Purified pellet was re-extended to 100x106spermatozoa/ml in INRA96TM and divided in 3 samples. One sample was used for control and active human MPO (Calbiochem, Merck) was added in the other two samples to final concentration of 5 or 50 ng/ml. After incubation (2 hours, 20°C), motility was analysed with Computer Assisted Semen Analysis (IVOS, Hamilton-Throne, Beverly, MA, USA) and cytometric analyzes were perfomed with EasyCyte (IMV). Mitochondrial potential and apoptosis were assayed using Guava Mitopotential JC-1 and 7-AAD kit (Millipore). Membrane and acrosome integrity were respectively assayed with PI (Propidium Iodide) (Invitrogen) and PNA (Peanut Agglutinin-Fluorescein Iso Thio Cyanate) (Sigma-Aldrich). Statistical differences (p<0.05) were determined using Kruskall-Wallis test. No effect of the stallions was observed on parameters assayed in this study. Unlike total motility, progressive motility was decreased in both MPO concentrations (p<0.001). MPO addition had no effect on membrane and acrosome integrity. No differences were detected for the percentages of spermatozoa having polarised or depolarised mitochondria. Apoptosis, assayed by 7-AAD fluorescence, was not increased by the treatments. Our results agree with previously published effects of in vitro ROS production systems with xanthine oxidase [3], showing an effect on motility but no influence on mitochondria and membrane or acrosome integrity. However, membrane lipoperoxidation was increased by ROS in this study [3], and it could be linked to the impaired motility also observed in our protocol. Further studies with increasing concentrations of added MPO should be conducted to correlate motility with lipoperoxidation. References [1] Ponthier J, Desvals M, Franck T, de la Rebiere de Pouyade G, Spalart M, Palmer E, Serteyn D, Deleuze S. Myeloperoxidase in equine semen: Concentration and Localization during freezing processing. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 2012;32: 32-37. [2] Edmond AJ, Teague SR, Brinsko SP, Comerford KL, Waite JA, Mancill SS, Love CC, Varner DD. Effect of density-gradient centrifugation on quality and recovery rate of equine spermatozoa. Animal Reproduction Science 2008;107: 318-318. [3] Baumber J, Ball BA, Gravance CG, Medina V, Davies-Morel MC. The effect of reactive oxygen species on equine sperm motility, viability, acrosomal integrity, mitochondrial membrane potential, and membrane lipid peroxidation. J Androl 2000;21: 895-902. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloperoxidase as an indicator of endometritis in the mare: preliminary results
Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2012, August), 47(suppl 5), 65

Diagnosis of endometritis in the mare is routinely based on the presence of polymorphonuclear cells (PMNs) on endometrial smears. Studies show a relation between PMNs and myeloperoxidase (MPO), an enzyme ... [more ▼]

Diagnosis of endometritis in the mare is routinely based on the presence of polymorphonuclear cells (PMNs) on endometrial smears. Studies show a relation between PMNs and myeloperoxidase (MPO), an enzyme released by PMNs during degranulation or after cell lysis, in many fluids and tissues. The aims of this study were to assess the presence and concentration of MPO in the mare’s uterus, and to investigate its relation with PMNs. Thirty-six cycles from 28 mares (ages ranging from 6 to 22 years) were used. Endometrial cytological samples were obtained with a small volume uterine flush and either a uterine cotton swab or a cytobrush, when a follicle >35 mm was observed by ultrasound. The smears were stained with Diff-QuickÒ and one or more PMNs per field (400·) was diagnosed as endometritis. The supernatant of the flushes was used to measure MPO concentration with a specific equine MPO ELISA assay. Our results showed the presence of MPO in the equine uterus during oestrus (mean = 2839 + 2785). MPO concentrations were signifi- cantly (p < 0.05) higher in samples with positive cytological results. Occasionally, some samples with negative cytological results showed high MPO concentration, but the opposite was never observed. Clinical signs of endometritis are not always present, or they may be delayed. An early diagnostic improves the success of treatment. Our results show that high quantities of MPO in endometrial samples indicate the presence of PMNs. Further studies are needed to determine if MPO concentration could be routinely used as a tool of early detection of endometritis. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of artificial insemination site on post-mating endometritis in mares
Rodier, Clémentine; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2012, August), 47(suppl 5), 103

Aim of the study was to determine the effect of artificial insemination (AI) location on post-mating endometrial inflammation 1 and 6 days after AI. Six mares with ages ranging from 12 to 23 years were ... [more ▼]

Aim of the study was to determine the effect of artificial insemination (AI) location on post-mating endometrial inflammation 1 and 6 days after AI. Six mares with ages ranging from 12 to 23 years were inseminated with a same batch of frozen semen for 3 consecutive cycles. Mares were inseminated with the following procedures in a random order: (1) Deep uterine insemination with 4ml of semen; (2) Horn bifurcation with 4ml of semen; (3) Horn bifurcation with 4ml of semen and 6ml of extender. During each cycle, Cotton (C) and Brush (B) swabs were collected at 4 different moments: mid- dioestrus, mares with a 35mm follicle, 24h and 6 days after AI. Swabs were smeared on slides, fixed and stained (Diff-Quick®) before examination under light microscopy. Proportions of inflammatory and epithelial cells were determined and differences were studied with kruskal-wallis test for non-parametric data. Distensions of uterine lumen due to intraluminal fluid observed during ultrasound exams were measured and recorded. Quality of slides was better (p=0.0006) with B swabs than C swabs with 97% versus 65% of slides readable. B swabs were associated with higher percent of endometrial cells retrieved (p=0.0323), making them a better tool for endometritis diagnosis, which is consistent with our previous reports. Volume of intraluminal fluid and percent of inflammatory cells, both on B and C swabs, were not influenced by AI location regardless the timing of sampling. Small volume deep uterine AI did not significantly affect inflammatory response by the endometrium in our experiment. [less ▲]

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See detailRaw semen concentration directly influences CASA velocity pathways
Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg; Deleuze, Stefan ULg; Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg et al

in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2012, August), 32(8), 505

We observed an influence of the stallion on volume, spermatozoa concentration and all CASA parameters (p<0.0001), which are highly dependant on each other due to geometrical association of these data ... [more ▼]

We observed an influence of the stallion on volume, spermatozoa concentration and all CASA parameters (p<0.0001), which are highly dependant on each other due to geometrical association of these data. That stallion effect may have interfered with the associations we observed as stallions seem to have specific concentration and motility pathways. More studies, with more replicates, will allow comparing results from a same stallion and further establish the correlations we report here. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo-dimensional and M-mode echocardiographic reference values in healthy adult Saanen goats
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Moonen, Marie ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2012), 170(6), 154

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats. The ... [more ▼]

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats. The aim of this study was to test the inter-day repeatability and to establish the reference values of two-dimensional (2D-) and time-motion (M-) mode echocardiographic variables in healthy adult Saanen goats. Six goats were investigated three times by the same observer at one day interval using a standardized 2D- and M-mode echocardiographic protocol. The intra-observer inter-day repeatability was tested using analysis of variance, calculation of the coefficient of variation and confidence intervals. A single echocardiographic examination was performed in 6 other goats, and values obtained in the 12 goats were used to establish the 2D- and M-mode echocardiographic reference values in healthy adult female Saanen goats. Statistical analysis revealed a good inter-day repeatability of the echocardiographic cardiac measurements. Echocardiographic reference values obtained in healthy adult Saanen goats seemed slightly higher than those reported in healthy Swedish domestic goats and were similar to those reported in healthy adult sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloperoxidase in Equine Semen: Concentration and Localization during Freezing Processing
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Desvals, Maud; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2012), (32), 32-37

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in and released by neutro- phils during degranulation or after lysis. Post-thaw semen contains MPO, and concen- tration of this enzyme is associated ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in and released by neutro- phils during degranulation or after lysis. Post-thaw semen contains MPO, and concen- tration of this enzyme is associated with decreased motility. The aim of this study was to determine kinetics of MPO concentration during freezing, its origin, and its impact on frozenethawed semen. Forty ejaculates were used. Semen was frozen using the classical freezing procedure. MPO concentrations were assayed in fresh semen, after centrifuga- tion, and after cooling down to 4 C. Post-thaw MPO assay results and spermogram characteristics were determined. MPO immunocytochemistry was performed on 4 different ejaculates at each step of freezing procedure. MPO concentration increased after cooling down to 4 C and thawing compared with fresh semen. As temperature decreased, MPO was higher or tended to be higher in post-thaw poor quality samples. Nonsperm cells showed various degrees of MPO immunostaining and were observed as epithelial cells with nuclear pyknosis and keratinization. MPO immunostaining increased in medium and decreased in nonsperm cells during freezing. Our study shows that MPO concentration in equine semen increases when temperature decreases. We hypothesize that nonsperm cells present in fresh semen could release MPO. [less ▲]

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See detailSperm quality analysis in XX, XY and YY males of the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus).
Gennotte, Vincent ULg; François, Ekniel; Rougeot, Carole ULg et al

in Theriogenology (2012)

In Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), individuals with atypical sexual genotype are commonly used in farming (use of YY males to produce all-male offsprings), but they also constitute major tools to ... [more ▼]

In Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), individuals with atypical sexual genotype are commonly used in farming (use of YY males to produce all-male offsprings), but they also constitute major tools to study sex determinism mechanisms. In other species, sexual genotype and sex reversal procedures affect different aspects of biology such as growth, behaviour and reproductive success. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of sexual genotype on sperm quality in Nile tilapia. Milt characteristics were compared in XX (sex-reversed), XY and YY males in terms of gonadosomatic index, sperm count, sperm motility and duration of sperm motility. Sperm motility was measured by computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) quantifying several parameters: total motility, progressive motility, curvilinear velocity, straight line velocity, average path velocity and linearity. None of the sperm trait measured differed significantly between the three genotypes. Mean values of gonadosomatic index, sperm concentration and sperm motility duration of XX, XY and YY males respectively ranged from 0.92 to 1.33 %, from 1.69 to 2.22 × 10(9) cells mL-1 and from 18’04’’ to 27’32’’. Mean values of total motility and curvilinear velocity 1 min after sperm activation respectively ranged from 53 to 58 % and from 71 to 76 µm s-1 for the three genotypes. After 3 min of activity, all the sperm motility and velocity parameters dropped by half and continued to slowly decrease thereafter. Seven min after activation, only 9 to 13 % of spermatozoa were still progressive. Our results prove that neither sexual genotype nor hormonal sex reversal treatments affect sperm quality in male Nile tilapias with atypical sexual genotype. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in histone H4 acetylation during in vivo versus in vitro maturation of equine oocytes
Franciosi, Federica; Lodde, Valentina; Goudet, Ghylène et al

in Molecular Human Reproduction (2011)

Epigenetic modifications are established during gametogenesis and preimplantation embryonic development. Any disturbance of the normal natural environment during these critical phases could cause ... [more ▼]

Epigenetic modifications are established during gametogenesis and preimplantation embryonic development. Any disturbance of the normal natural environment during these critical phases could cause alterations of the epigenetic signature. Histone acetylation is an important epigenetic modification involved in the regulation of chromatin organization and gene expression. The present study was aimed to determine whether the proper establishment of post-translational histone H4 acetylation at lysine 8 (AcH4K8), 12 (AcH4K12), and 16 (AcH4K16) of equine oocytes is adversely affected during in vitro maturation when compared to in vivo matured oocytes collected from naturally cycling mares not undergoing ovarian hyperstimulation. The acetylation patterns were investigated by means of indirect immunofluorescence staining with specific antibodies directed against the acetylated lysine residues. Our results indicate that the acetylation state of H4 is dependent on the chromatin configuration in immature GV stage oocytes and it changes in a residue-specific manner along with the increase of chromatin condensation. In particular, the levels of AcH4K8 and AcH4K12 increased significantly, while AcH4K16 decreased significantly from the fibrillar to the condensed state of chromatin configuration within the GV. Moreover, during meiosis K8 and K12 were substantially deacetylated without any differences between in vivo and in vitro conditions, while K16 displayed a strong acetylation in oocytes matured in vivo, and in contrast, it was markedly deacetylated following in vitro maturation. Although the functional meaning of residue-specific acetylation during oocyte differentiation and meiotic resumption needs further investigation, our results support the hypothesis that in vitro maturation conditions can adversely affect oocyte ability to regulate the epigenetic reprogramming, critical for successful meiosis and subsequent embryonic development. [less ▲]

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See detailDystocies équines: Données descriptives et approche de la gestion des soins intensifs
Deleuze, Stefan ULg; de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg et al

Conference (2011, December 02)

La fréquence de fourbures rencontrées après une dystocie semble faible par rapport à la littérature. L’ajout d’héparines fractionnées aux traitements habituels de la métrite du post-partum (ocytocine ... [more ▼]

La fréquence de fourbures rencontrées après une dystocie semble faible par rapport à la littérature. L’ajout d’héparines fractionnées aux traitements habituels de la métrite du post-partum (ocytocine, lavage utérins, antibiotiques et anti-inflammatoires) semble intéressant pour réduire le risque de fourbure. [less ▲]

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See detailGestion du poulinage
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Deleuze, Stefan ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2011)

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See detailEffect of Deferoxamine Mesylate on Freezability of Blood Supplemented Canine Semen
Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg; Rijsselaere, Tom; Van Soom, Ann et al

Poster (2011, September)

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See detailSuperovulation in the mare with commercially available pFSH
Parilla Hernandez, Sonia; Deleuze, Stefan ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2011), 46(s3), 138

Further studies on Stimufol with larger numbers, should be conducted as it might prove inexpensive and easy to superovulate mares.

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See detailTwo-Dimensional, M-Mode and Pulsed Wave Doppler Echocardiographic Reference Values in Healthy Adult Saanen Goats
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Moonen, Marie ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2011, March 18)

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats ... [more ▼]

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats. Goats are animals easy to handle with a body and heart size comparable to humans’. This makes goats an attractive candidate for the development of animal models for human cardiology research. The aim of this study was to test the repeatability and to establish the reference values of bi-dimensional (2D-), time-motion (M-) mode and pulsed wave (PW) Doppler echocardiographic variables in adult goats. Six healthy female adult Saanen goats were investigated three times by the same observer at one day interval using a standardized 2D-, M-mode and PW Doppler echocardiographic protocol. Calculation of the coefficient of variation for each variable measured within day and depending on the day allowed to evaluate their degree of variability. A single echocardiographic examination was performed in 6 other goats by the same observer, and the obtained values were added to these obtained on the third day of the 6 first goats. Then the observed mean, the standard deviation and the range of these measurements were calculated to establish the reference values of echocardiographic parameters in unsedated adult healthy female Saanen goats. Statistical analysis revealed a good inter-day repeatability of the 2D- and M-mode echocardiographic cardiac measurements, but PW Doppler parameters presented moderate to high variability, as documented in other species. Echocardiographic reference values obtained in healthy adult Saanen goats were similar to those reported in healthy adult sheep and in healthy adult humans. [less ▲]

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See detailGestion de la jument poulinière et de l'étalon
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Deleuze, Stefan ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2011)

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See detailCCDC39 is required for assembly of inner dynein arms and the dynein regulatory complex and for normal ciliary motility in humans and dogs.
Merveille, Anne-Christine ULg; Davis, Erica E; Becker-Heck, Anita et al

in Nature Genetics (2011), 43(1), 72-8

Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an inherited disorder characterized by recurrent infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract, reduced fertility in males and situs inversus in about 50% of ... [more ▼]

Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an inherited disorder characterized by recurrent infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract, reduced fertility in males and situs inversus in about 50% of affected individuals (Kartagener syndrome). It is caused by motility defects in the respiratory cilia that are responsible for airway clearance, the flagella that propel sperm cells and the nodal monocilia that determine left-right asymmetry. Recessive mutations that cause PCD have been identified in genes encoding components of the outer dynein arms, radial spokes and cytoplasmic pre-assembly factors of axonemal dyneins, but these mutations account for only about 50% of cases of PCD. We exploited the unique properties of dog populations to positionally clone a new PCD gene, CCDC39. We found that loss-of-function mutations in the human ortholog underlie a substantial fraction of PCD cases with axonemal disorganization and abnormal ciliary beating. Functional analyses indicated that CCDC39 localizes to ciliary axonemes and is essential for assembly of inner dynein arms and the dynein regulatory complex. [less ▲]

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See detailLa spermatogenèse, la libido et la dose
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Lecrenier, Marie-Caroline; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2010)

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See detailAssociation between Myeloperoxidase concentration in equine frozen semen and post thawing parameters
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2010), 45(5), 811-816

Despite improvement of techniques, semen of 20% of stallions remains unfreezable. Recent studies focused on impact of reactive oxygen species and oxidant enzymes on semen characteristics. Myeloperoxidase ... [more ▼]

Despite improvement of techniques, semen of 20% of stallions remains unfreezable. Recent studies focused on impact of reactive oxygen species and oxidant enzymes on semen characteristics. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in and released by neutrophils during degranulation or after cell lysis. It is responsible for the formation of hypochlorous acid, a strong oxidant agent which could damage spermatozoa. The aim of this study was to determine the relation between MPO concentration and characteristics of frozen semen from stallions. Thirty five straws from different stallions were analyzed. Post-thawing spermatozoal concentration, progressive and total motility were determined by CASA. Freezability was determined according to post-thawing progressive motility (over or under 15%). Percent of alive spermatozoa and abnormal forms were determined after Eosin-Nigrosin and Diff-Quick® staining respectively. Post-thawing MPO concentration was measured by ELISA. Our study shows that frozen thawed semen contains large amounts of free MPO. We also observed that post-thawing MPO ELISA assay can be used as an indicator of equine semen freezability. High MPO concentration samples showed lower total and progressive motility. A higher proportion of abnormal head shape associated with acrosome reaction was observed in our late examinations of the high concentration MPO group. Our results show that MPO adversely affects total and progressive motility of equine semen. A negative correlation between normal motile forms and MPO concentration was also observed. The effect of MPO on dead or abnormal forms remains to be precised. [less ▲]

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See detailCytological diagnosis of endometritis in the mare: a comparative study
Daspet, Sarah-Morgane; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Jolly, Sandra ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2010, September), 45s3

It was concluded that the brush swab was a promising diagnostic tool for use in field conditions.

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See detailComparison of the Repeatability of Echocardiographic Measurements from Different Modes and Views in Horses of Various Breeds and Sizes
Al Haidar, Ali; Farnir, Frédéric ULg; Deleuze, Stefan ULg et al

in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2010), 30(6), 287-297

The objective of this study was to compare the repeatability of echocardiographic measurements obtained from different echocardiographic modes and views in healthy adult equids of various sizes, breeds ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to compare the repeatability of echocardiographic measurements obtained from different echocardiographic modes and views in healthy adult equids of various sizes, breeds and thorax shapes. Ten, free of cardiac disease, equids (body weight: 120 to 662 kg; age: 1 to 26 years) from various breeds were used in this study. Each animal was submitted to a standardized echocardiographic and Doppler protocol 3 times at 1 day interval. This protocol included the measurements of left and right ventricular, aortic, pulmonary, and left atrial parameters obtained from different views using the bidimensional (2D) or the motion (M) modes, and the measurement of several parameters of blood flow obtained from the pulsed wave Doppler mode. Repeatability of each measurement was estimated on the basis of the residual variance using a linear model and the coefficient of variation of repeated measurements. A two by two comparison of the repeatability of measurements performed in different views was performed using the residual variances in a variance ratio F test. Results showed that repeatability of echocardiographic or Doppler measurements in equids of various sizes, breeds and thorax shapes are comparable to previously reported results in thoroughbred and standardbred horses. Left ventricular morphologic parameters showed a good repeatability in the classic M-mode right parasternal short axis (Sax) view at the level of the chordae tendinae, but the 2D-mode right parasternal long axis (LAx) four- chambers view appeared to offer an interesting alternative to measure them. This latter view also allowed obtaining the mostre repeatable measurement of right ventricular internal diameter. The left atrial diameter was maximal and most repeatable in the 2D-mode left parasternal long axisLAx four- chambers angled view, and the repeatability of the aortic diameter was best in the 2D-mode right parasternal long axisLAx five-chambers view. Finally, aortic systolic time intervals were more repeatable when measured from the Doppler mode as compared to the M-mode. ThusIn conclusion, best repeatability of echocardiographic measurements in horses could be optimized following an echocardiographicthe following protocol in equids: 1-M-mode right parasternal short axis view at the level of chordae tendinae, to measure left ventricular morphologic parameters, and 2D-mode right parasternal long axis four-chamber as an alternative view. 2-2D-mode right parasternal long axis five-chambersre, to measure the aortic diameter. 3-2D-mode left parasternal long axis four-chambersre angled view, to measure the left atrial diameter. [less ▲]

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See detailDescriptive study of 32 cases of doxycycline-overdosed calves.
Brihoum, Mounir ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2010), 24(5), 1203-10

BACKGROUND: Reports of doxycycline-induced toxicity are limited despite common use of this antibiotic to treat infectious respiratory disorders in calves. OBJECTIVE: To describe previously unreported ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Reports of doxycycline-induced toxicity are limited despite common use of this antibiotic to treat infectious respiratory disorders in calves. OBJECTIVE: To describe previously unreported kidney lesions and diagnostic test results in doxycycline-overdosed calves and to compare these results with other findings reported previously. ANIMALS: Thirty-two calves that presented with adverse effects after receiving high doses of doxycycline as a treatment for mild respiratory disorders. METHOD: Retrospective review of medical records. RESULTS: Clinical examination identified mainly lethargy, dyspnea, cough, tongue paresia or paralysis associated with dysphagia and sialorrhea, tachycardia, tachypnea, and signs of myopathy. Blood analysis indicated increases in creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase, aspartate aminotransferase, and sorbitol dehydrogenase activities and increased serum creatinine and urea concentrations. ECG recordings and Doppler echocardiography examination identified ventricular premature beats and a decrease in left ventricular global and systolic function, respectively. Necropsy and histopathology disclosed necrosis of the myocardium, tongue, and some striated muscles, acute renal tubular necrosis, and fatty degeneration or congestion of the liver. CONCLUSIONS: Most of these findings corroborate previous observations made in doxycycline-overdosed calves, and further suggest myocardial and striated muscular toxicity as well as renal toxicity in doxycycline-overdosed calves. [less ▲]

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