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See detailChilling of heavy carcasses from double muscled cattle: time-temperature evolution and predictive modelling of growth of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium perfringens
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Collignon, Bertrand; Dehard, Sandrine ULg et al

Poster (2010, August)

The time/temperature combination during carcass chilling is of concern in order to avoid bacterial growth. The chilling speed is lower in carcasses with high muscular development such as large cattle from ... [more ▼]

The time/temperature combination during carcass chilling is of concern in order to avoid bacterial growth. The chilling speed is lower in carcasses with high muscular development such as large cattle from the Belgian Blue breed. Three slaughterhouses were selected for temperature and pH measurements during the chilling process at 6 different days on 4 half carcasses in order to obtain representative data from heavy carcasses with high muscular development. Predictive microbiology was used to evaluate the potential growth of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium perfringens on the surface and in the depth of the carcasses. The gamma concept was chosen as secondary model taking into account the effect of temperature, pH and water activity on the selected bacteria during the chilling process. The predicted growth potential of Listeria monocytogenes is influenced by the different environmental conditions of the selected slaughterhouses and could reach 1.4 log CFU/cm² after the chilling process. The potential growth of Clostridium perfringens is limited due to unfavourable conditions during the first hours and to low temperature later. It can be concluded that when the initial level of contaminating bacteria is not excessive the speed at which the carcass is currently chilled is sufficient to limit the growth of these two pathogens and to ensure the product quality [less ▲]

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See detailChilling of carcasses from double muscled cattle: time-temperature evolution and predictive modelling of growth of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium perfringens
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Collignon, Bertrand; Dehard, Sandrine ULg et al

Poster (2010)

The time/temperature combination during carcass chilling is of concern in order to avoid bacterial growth. The chilling speed is lower in carcasses with high muscular development such as large cattle from ... [more ▼]

The time/temperature combination during carcass chilling is of concern in order to avoid bacterial growth. The chilling speed is lower in carcasses with high muscular development such as large cattle from the Belgian Blue breed. Three slaughterhouses were selected for temperature and pH measurements during the chilling process at 6 different days on 4 half carcasses in order to obtain representative data from heavy carcasses with high muscular development. Predictive microbiology was used to evaluate the potential growth of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium perfringens on the surface and in the depth of the carcasses. The gamma concept was chosen as secondary model taking into account the effect of temperature, pH and water activity on the selected bacteria during the chilling process. The predicted growth potential of Listeria monocytogenes is influenced by the different environmental conditions of the selected slaughterhouses and could reach 1.4 log CFU/cm² after the chilling process. The potential growth of Clostridium perfringens is limited due to unfavourable conditions during the first hours and to low temperature later. It can be concluded that when the initial level of contaminating bacteria is not excessive the speed at which the carcass is currently chilled is sufficient to limit the growth of these two pathogens and to ensure the product quality. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of bronchoalveolar lavage cytospins and smears in dogs and cats.
Dehard, Sandrine ULg; Bernaerts, Frederique ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg et al

in Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (2008), 44(6), 285-94

Differences in the cytological interpretation of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) after cytospin preparation (CP) or manual smearing of pelleted cells preparation (MSP) were investigated in client ... [more ▼]

Differences in the cytological interpretation of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) after cytospin preparation (CP) or manual smearing of pelleted cells preparation (MSP) were investigated in client-owned dogs and cats with inflammatory or infectious lower respiratory disease. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from healthy cats was also examined. With MSP, cell lysis was more frequently observed, and cellular distribution was more heterogeneous throughout the slide. When samples from healthy and diseased animals were considered together, a significantly greater percentage of neutrophils was seen on CP than on MSP slides (P<0.002). Cytospin preparations were considered of better quality in all individual comparisons. Cytospin preparation is advised in the evaluation of BALF with low total cell count. When only MSPs are evaluated, clinicians should be aware that differential neutrophil counts may underestimate the counts found on CP slides. [less ▲]

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See detailWhole Blood and Tissue Fungal DNA Quantification in the Diagnosis of Canine Sino-Nasal Aspergillosis
Peeters, Dominique ULg; Peters, I. R.; Helps, C. R. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2008), 128(1-2), 194-203

Various combinations of tests are used to confirm the diagnosis of canine sino-nasal aspergillosis (SNA) because false-positive and false-negative results can occur with each test. Therefore, the aim of ... [more ▼]

Various combinations of tests are used to confirm the diagnosis of canine sino-nasal aspergillosis (SNA) because false-positive and false-negative results can occur with each test. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate whether detection of fungal DNA in blood and nasal tissue samples was of value in the clinical diagnosis of this disease. Four groups were included in the study (dogs with SNA, lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis or nasal neoplasia, and control animals). Real-time PCR assays detecting DNA from all Penicillium and Aspergillus species (PenAsp assay) or species-specific DNA from A. fumigatus, A. terreus, A. flavus and A. niger were applied to whole blood and nasal tissue samples. Results obtained by PCR were compared between the groups. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values (PPV and NPV) for fungal DNA detection were compared with those for alternative diagnostic procedures including histopathology, serology and fungal culture. Significantly more fungal DNA was detected by the PenAsp assay in tissue biopsies from dogs with SNA than in the three other groups. Sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV for this method were 1.00, 0.06, 0.32 and 1.00. A. fumigatus DNA was detected in seven tissue biopsies from dogs with SNA and in one biopsy from a dog with a nasal tumour. Sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV for this diagnostic test were 0.50, 0.97, 0.87 and 0.82. No significant difference was found between the groups with respect to the amount of DNA detected in blood by the PenAsp assay. Sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV for this method were 0.71, 0.24, 0.31 and 0.64. A. fumigatus DNA was detected in the blood of three dogs with SNA and sixteen dogs without SNA. Sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV for this diagnostic tool were 0.21, 0.45, 0.15 and 0.54. Detection of A. fumigatus DNA in nasal tissue had the highest specificity, PPV and NPV but sensitivity of this method was low. Detection of fungal DNA in whole blood was of no value in the diagnosis of SNA. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnosis of canine sino-nasal aspergillosis: is quantification of Aspergillus DNA a useful technique?
Peeters, Dominique ULg; Peters, I. R.; Helps et al

in Proceedings of the 24th VCRS meeting (2006)

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See detailCytokine and chemokine expression in canine sino-nasal aspergillosis and idiopathic lymphoplasmacytic rhinosinusitis.
Peeters, Dominique ULg; Peters, I. R.; Helps, C. et al

in Proceedings of the 16th Annual Congress of the ECVIM-CA (2006)

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See detailDistribution of leucocyte subsets in the canine pharyngeal tonsil
Billen, Frédéric ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg; Dehard, Sandrine ULg et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (2006), 135(2-3, Aug-Oct), 63-73

This report describes the distribution and nature of lymphoid tissue in the nasopharyngeal mucosa of six puppies (mean age +/- SD, 0.3 +/- 0.25 years) and eight adult dogs (mean age +/- SD, 8.8 +/- 2.67 ... [more ▼]

This report describes the distribution and nature of lymphoid tissue in the nasopharyngeal mucosa of six puppies (mean age +/- SD, 0.3 +/- 0.25 years) and eight adult dogs (mean age +/- SD, 8.8 +/- 2.67 years) without respiratory disease. A non-encapsulated area of organized mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue was observed in the caudal part of the posterior wall of the nasopharynx, distal to the openings of the auditory tubes. This structure was consistent with the pharyngeal tonsil and was microscopically more extensive in puppies than in adult dogs. Histochemistry and immunohistochemistry were used to characterize and enumerate the leucocyte subsets in this part of the nasopharynx. Mast cells were found immediately beneath the respiratory epithelium but were also scattered in the glandular and muscular tissue. IgA(+) plasma cells outnumbered IgG(+) and IgM(+) plasma cells, especially in the glandular tissue. All classes of plasma cells were present in significantly greater numbers in adults than in puppies. MHC class II+ cells were mainly observed in areas containing diffuse and follicular aggregates of lymphoid cells. Both MHC class II+ cells and CD1c(+) cells with a dendritic morphology were predominantly found immediately beneath or within the epithelium, and cells expressing these markers were more abundant in puppies than in adult dogs. The anti-L1 marker labelled low numbers of cells with a neutrophilic morphology, which were significantly more abundant in puppies than in adult dogs. The majority of lymphoid cells were CD3(+) T lymphocytes and these were particularly abundant in areas containing aggregates of lymphold cells; CD4(+), CD8(+) and TCR alpha beta(+) cells had the same distribution as the CD3(+) cells. CD4(+) cells were more numerous than CD8(+) cells. The quantitative and qualitative data obtained will enable comparisons to be made with similar studies in dogs suffering from nasopharyngeal diseases, or when the local immune system needs to be investigated. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailHistochemical and immunohistochemical characterization of canine nasopharyngeal lymphoid tissue
Billen, Frédéric ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg; Dehard, Sandrine ULg et al

in 15th ESVIM Meeting - Glasgow - Ecosse - Septembre 2005 (2005, September)

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See detailComparison of bronchoalveolar lavage cytospins ans smears in small animals
Dehard, Sandrine ULg; Bernaerts, Frederique ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg et al

in 15th ESVIM Meeting - Glasgow - UK - 2005 (2005, September)

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See detailHistochemical and immunohistochemical characterisation of canine nasopharyngeal lymphoid tissue
Billen, Frédéric ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg; Dehard, Sandrine ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 15th ECVIM-CA Congress (1-3/09/2005), Glasgow, Scotland (2005, September)

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