Plasma 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.
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in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (in press)
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 ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 12 (2 ULg)
Development of a new radioimmunoassay by using antiserum against pregnancy-associated glycoprotein II : concentrations in holstein dairy cattle .
Bella, Amina ; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ; et al
in Proceedings of the 6th European Congress of Bovine Health and Management (ECBHM) (2011, September 07)
Bovine pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (boPAG) can be classified into two main subfamilies: the boPAG–1 and the boPAG–2 groups. RIA systems allow quantifying boPAG-1 molecules in pregnant cattle ... [more ▼]
Bovine pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (boPAG) can be classified into two main subfamilies: the boPAG–1 and the boPAG–2 groups. RIA systems allow quantifying boPAG-1 molecules in pregnant cattle. Concerning boPAG-2, as no radioimmunoassay was developed, its quantification in peripheral blood of pregnant cows remains to be investigated. The present work aimed to develop a new heterologous RIA allowing the measurement of boPAG-2 concentrations in bovine species. A total of 77 Holstein dairy cows were used for this study. They were bled at Days 45, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210 after AI, at parturition and at Day 30 postpartum. Polyclonal antiserum against boPAG-2 (AS438) was raised in New Zealand rabbits. Due to the instability of boPAG-2 molecule, we used boPAG-1 (67 kDa) as standard (dilutions ranging from 100 to 0.8 ng/mL) and for iodination with 125-I isotope. The optimal dilution for primary AS438 was 1:1,1500. Mean concentrations of boPAG-2 increased continuously from Day 45 of pregnancy (0.78 ± 0.07 ng/mL) reaching a peak at Day 210 (32.78 ± 3.02 ng/mL). Thereafter, they decreased until parturition (7.73 ± 0.59). Lower PAG concentrations were observed at Day 30 postpartum (3.62 ± 0.31 ng/mL). In conclusion, boPAG-2 profile differed from boPAG-1. In general, concentrations of boPAG-2 reached lower values, with no dramatic increase being observed at peripartum period. Due to the lower postpartum concentrations, it is expected that this new RIA can be available for pregnancy diagnosis of cows inseminated in early postpartum, minimizing the risk of false positive concentrations due to the previous pregnancy. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 36 (10 ULg)
Clinical implications of induced twin reduction in dairy cattle .
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in Theriogenology (2011), 76(3), 512-521
Embryo reduction may prevent the negative effects of twinning in dairy cattle; however, the technique may carry an additional risk of pregnancy loss. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect on ... [more ▼]
Embryo reduction may prevent the negative effects of twinning in dairy cattle; however, the technique may carry an additional risk of pregnancy loss. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect on pregnancy maintenance of embryo reduction by manual amnion rupture in unilateral and bilateral twin pregnant cows. A secondary objective was to examine the dynamics of endocrine factors following the treatment. On Day 35-41 of gestation 55 cows bearing two live twin embryos (28 bilateral, 27 unilateral) were randomly assigned to a twin reduction group (n = 27; cows fitted with a progesterone releasing intra-vaginal device for 21 days after manual amnion rupture) or control group (n = 28; untreated cows). Pregnancy loss before Day 90 was recorded in nine control and eleven twin reduction cows (32.1% vs 40.7%, respectively, p = 0.508). Logistic regression models indicated that laterality was the only variable significantly affecting pregnancy loss. The pregnancy loss risk was 8.7 times higher for unilateral than for bilateral twin pregnancies (59.3% vs 14.3%, respectively, P < 0.001) yet was similar in the unilateral control and unilateral twin reduction cows (62.3% vs 53.8%, respectively, P = 0.581). In contrast, four of 14 cows with bilateral twin pregnancies undergoing twin reduction lost their pregnancies while no losses were recorded in control cows with bilateral pregnancies (P = 0.049). A rise in plasma progesterone concentration was detected on the day following treatment in the twin reduction group and concentrations remained high within the first week of treatment. Plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) concentrations fell between Day 35-41 and Day 42-48, regardless of treatment. Our findings indicate that embryo reduction by manual amnion rupture did not carry an additional risk of pregnancy loss for unilateral twin pregnancies, whereas it increased the risk of pregnancy failure in bilateral twin pregnancies. However, benefits of preventing cows from delivering twins might also be considered when assessing the success of embryo reduction in bilateral twin pregnancies. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 10 (2 ULg)
Neospora caninum and coxiella burnetii seropositivity are related to endocrine pattern changes during gestation in lactating dairy cows.
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in Theriogenology (2010), 74(2), 212-230
Q fever is a zoonotic infection caused by Coxiella burnetii that is endemic worldwide. Domestic ruminants are a source of infection for humans. Given the suggestion that the bacterium recrudesces during ... [more ▼]
Q fever is a zoonotic infection caused by Coxiella burnetii that is endemic worldwide. Domestic ruminants are a source of infection for humans. Given the suggestion that the bacterium recrudesces during pregnancy in cattle, this study was designed to determine whether C. burnetii infection affects hormonal patterns, such as progesterone, cortisol, pregnancy associated glycoproteins (PAG), and prolactin during gestation in lactating cows. Possible interactions with Neospora caninum were also explored. The study was performed on 58 gestating non-aborting cows. Blood samples for hormone determinations were collected on Days 40, 90, 120, 150, 180, and 210 of gestation. For antibody determinations, blood was collected at day 40 postinsemination and postpartum. By GLM repeated measures analysis of variance, we established the effects of production and reproductive variables as well as Coxiella and Neospora seropositivity related to changes on cortisol, PAG, progesterone, and prolactin levels. Coxiella antibody levels were significantly related to cortisol, PAG, and plasma progesterone concentrations, whereas Neospora seropositivity was linked to plasma progesterone concentrations. The interaction between Coxiella and Neospora seropositivity was correlated with cortisol and plasma progesterone levels, whereas the interaction seropositivity against C. burnetii-plasma cortisol concentration was related to plasma PAG levels. Finally, an effect of lactation number only was observed on plasma prolactin. Our findings suggest that both the N. caninum and C. burnetii infection or the presence of both modify endocrine patterns throughout gestation. Cows seropositive to both, Neospora and Coxiella, showed higher plasma progesterone levels than the remaining animals examined. Seropositivity to C. burnetii was associated with placental damage and diminishing PAG levels throughout the second half of gestation, along with increased plasma cortisol levels on Day 180 of gestation. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 36 (8 ULg)
Anomalous Pregnancies during Late Embryonic/Early Foetal Period in High Producing Dairy Cows.
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in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2009), 44(4), 672-676
This study analyses anomalous cases of gestation ending in pregnancy loss during the early foetal period and their effect on progesterone and plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1 ... [more ▼]
This study analyses anomalous cases of gestation ending in pregnancy loss during the early foetal period and their effect on progesterone and plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) concentrations. Data derived from a large-scale ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis programme in high producing dairy cows. Over a 3-year period (2004-2007), a very low incidence (0.5%: 15 of 3094) of anomalous pregnancies was recorded. The results revealed that the following anomalies were detected on days 35-41 of gestation in cows carrying singletons with one single corpus luteum: embryo death in eight cows (0.3%); and embryo in the uterine horn contralateral to the corpus luteum in seven cows (0.2%). All these animals suffered pregnancy loss during the early foetal period. In cows carrying dead embryos, no signs of conceptus degeneration were observed on pregnancy diagnosis. Amnion size (approximately 25 mm diameter) and uterine horn fluid contents were estimated to be similar to those of the normal pregnant cows in this period. In the contralateral gestations, live embryos were observed in all ultrasound checks before pregnancy loss. Uterine fluid contents increased in the two cows in which gestation continued for more than a week. In the cases of embryo death but not in those of contralateral gestation, a drop in PAG-1 levels was noted prior to pregnancy loss. Two cows carrying dead embryos increased with time allantoic fluid contents. The PAG-1 values increased with time in one cow bearing a dead embryo (from 2.31 to 6.79 ng/ml) and in two of the contralateral gestations (from 1.66 to 2.33 ng/ml and from 0.39 to 6.79 ng/ml, respectively). Results of this study indicate that the foetal membranes continue to undergo some activity following embryo death, and that contralateral pregnancy may determine failure of the gestation process. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 37 (4 ULg)
Factors Affecting Plasma Pregnancy-associated Glycoprotein 1 Concentrations Throughout Gestation in High-producing Dairy Cows.
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in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2009), 44(4), 600-605
This study was designed to establish the factors, if any, which could affect plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) expression in a study population of 87 pregnant, high-producing dairy cows ... [more ▼]
This study was designed to establish the factors, if any, which could affect plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) expression in a study population of 87 pregnant, high-producing dairy cows. The factors examined were: semen providing breed (Holstein-Friesian vs Limousin), outcome of gestation (male vs female newborn, and singleton vs twin pregnancies), lactation number, milk production at pregnancy diagnosis, plasma progesterone concentration, season of gestation (warm period, March-November vs cool period, December-February), and day of gestation (40, 90, 120, 150, 180 and 210). Pregnancy was diagnosed by transrectal ultrasound on day 40 post-insemination and by palpation per rectum on days 90, 120, 150, 180 and 210. Blood samples were collected from each animal immediately before each pregnancy diagnosis. The relative contributions of the different factors on PAG-1 concentrations were evaluated by GLM repeated measures analysis of variance. No significant effects of the herd, foetal sex, milk production, lactation number and plasma progesterone concentrations were observed. In contrast, twin pregnancy, the use of Limousin semen and conception during the cool period were correlated with significantly increased plasma PAG-1 concentrations throughout gestation. Our data indicate that both cow well-being during early placental development, determined in our conditions by reduced heat stress when conception occurred in the cool season, and crossbreed pregnancies lead to improved PAG-1 production throughout the gestation period. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 33 (6 ULg)
Factors affecting plasma prolactin concentrations throughout gestation in high producing dairy cows.
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in Domestic Animal Endocrinology (2009), 36(2), 57-66
The aim of the present study was to investigate possible relationships between plasma concentrations of prolactin and the following factors throughout gestation in lactating dairy cows: photoperiod ... [more ▼]
The aim of the present study was to investigate possible relationships between plasma concentrations of prolactin and the following factors throughout gestation in lactating dairy cows: photoperiod, season, milk production, Neospora caninum-seropositivity, twin pregnancy, and plasma concentrations of pregnancy associated glycoproteins-1 (PAG-1), progesterone and cortisol. Pregnancy was diagnosed by trans-rectal ultrasonography on Day 40 post-insemination and by palpation per rectum on Days 90, 120, 150, 180 and 210 or until abortion in aborting cows. Blood samples were collected from each animal immediately before each pregnancy diagnosis. The study population was comprised of 73 non-aborting (54 Neospora-seropositive cows) and 20 aborting cows (all Neospora-seropositive) cows. In non-aborting cows, GLM repeated measures of analysis of variance revealed that lactation number and days in milk had no effect on plasma prolactin concentrations throughout gestation, whereas high plasma prolactin concentrations were significantly associated with high plasma levels of cortisol and PAG-1, with Neospora-seropositivity, positive photoperiod (increasing day length), twin pregnancy, and with low plasma progesterone concentrations. An interaction among plasma prolactin, plasma cortisol and milk production was observed in that plasma prolactin concentrations differed significantly throughout gestation and were highest in high-producing cows with high cortisol levels. In Neospora-seropositive non-aborting versus aborting cows, mean prolactin concentrations failed to differ on Days 40, 90, 120, 150 and 180 of pregnancy, whereas prolactin values were significantly lower (P=0.03) in aborting animals on Day 210 of pregnancy. Our results indicate that a positive photoperiod and Neospora-infection lead to increased plasma prolactin concentrations throughout gestation. Reduced prolactin concentrations detected in Neospora-seropositive aborting cows compared to non-aborting animals suggests a protective effect of prolactin in N. caninum infection. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 40 (6 ULg)
Pregnancy patterns during the early fetal period in high producing dairy cows treated with GnRH or progesterone.
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in Theriogenology (2009), 71
In order to explore pregnancy patterns in high producing dairy cows treated with GnRH or progesterone at pregnancy diagnosis (Days 28-34), two consecutive experiments were designed. In Experiment 1, cows ... [more ▼]
In order to explore pregnancy patterns in high producing dairy cows treated with GnRH or progesterone at pregnancy diagnosis (Days 28-34), two consecutive experiments were designed. In Experiment 1, cows bearing a single embryo were randomly assigned to a PRID (n=40; cows fitted with a progesterone releasing intra-vaginal device for 28 days), GnRH (n=40; cows receiving GnRH) or Control (n=26; untreated cows) group. PRID treatment led to a rise in plasma progesterone concentrations in the 7 days following the onset of treatment compared to the other two groups. In Experiment 2, in which we also examined twin pregnancies, animals were randomly assigned to PRID (n=312) or GnRH (n=294) treatment groups. Treatments were the same as described for Experiment 1. Logistic regression procedures revealed that in cows with a single corpus luteum, the probability of pregnancy loss between the first (Days 28-34) and second (Days 65-62) pregnancy diagnosis decreased by a factor of 0.51 in the PRID group compared to the GnRH group. However, in cows with two or more corpora lutea, PRID treatment increased the likelihood of pregnancy loss by a factor of three, compared to GnRH treatment. In cows carrying twins, the conceptus reduction rate was higher (P=0.02) for the GnRH (36%) than for the PRID (16.4%) group. Formation of a new corpus luteum was recorded in 17.7% of cows in the GnRH group. Our results indicate that compared to GnRH treatment, progesterone treatment given at pregnancy diagnosis in high producing dairy cows, reduced by a factor of 0.51 and increased by a factor of 3 the probability of pregnancy loss in cows with a single or with two or more corpora lutea, respectively, and reduced the conceptus reduction rate in cows carrying twins. The practical implications of our findings are that in herds with a high incidence of early fetal loss of a non-infectious nature, treatment at the time of pregnancy diagnosis with PRID in cows with one corpus luteum and with GnRH in cows with two or more corpora lutea should offer considerable benefits. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 29 (1 ULg)
Factors affecting plasma progesterone in the early fetal period in high producing dairy cows.
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in Theriogenology (2008), 69(4), 426-32
The aim of the present study was to determine whether certain animal- or management related factors could affect plasma progesterone concentrations on Day 42 of gestation in high producing dairy cows ... [more ▼]
The aim of the present study was to determine whether certain animal- or management related factors could affect plasma progesterone concentrations on Day 42 of gestation in high producing dairy cows. Factors affecting early fetal loss were also analyzed. The study population was comprised of 199 pregnant cows classified as having high (> or =9 ng/ml) or low (<9 ng/ml) plasma progesterone concentrations. Through logistic regression procedures it was determined that, based on the odds ratio, cows with two or more corpora lutea were three times more likely to have high progesterone concentrations than cows with a single corpus luteum. Low producing cows during the warm season were 2.86 times more likely to have high progesterone concentrations than the remaining cows. Primiparous cows with high concentrations (>4 ng/ml) of pregnancy associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) were 2.73 times more likely to have high progesterone concentrations than the remaining cows. Of the 199 pregnancies, 25 (12.6%) suffered early fetal loss: 22/136 (16.2%) during the warm season and 3/63 (4.8%) during the cool season, all in cows without additional corpora lutea. Based upon the odds ratio, cows without an additional corpus luteum were 3.67 times more likely to suffer fetal loss during the warm season than during the cool season. Our results indicate that milk production, the presence of two or more corpora lutea and plasma PAG-1 concentrations can affect plasma progesterone concentrations at the onset of the fetal period. The presence of an additional corpus luteum strongly diminished the risk of early fetal loss during the warm period. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 20 (1 ULg)
Protection against abortion linked to gamma interferon production in pregnant dairy cows naturally infected with Neospora caninum
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in Theriogenology (2007), 68(7), 1067-1073
Many immunological aspects of pregnancy, such as the role played by gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) in abortion, are not well understood. Neospora caninum is an intracellular protozoan considered to be among ... [more ▼]
Many immunological aspects of pregnancy, such as the role played by gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) in abortion, are not well understood. Neospora caninum is an intracellular protozoan considered to be among the main causes of abortion in cattle worldwide. The present study analyzes the interaction between IFN-gamma production and N. caninum infection in naturally infected pregnant cows. Data were obtained from 126 pregnant cows: 86 seropositive and 40 seronegative for the parasite. Pregnancy diagnosis and blood sample collection were performed on days 40, 90, 120, 150, 180 and 210 post-insemination or until the time of abortion detection. Plasma was tested for antibodies against N. caninum and IFN-gamma. Interferon-garmna was detected at some point along the pregnancy in 16 (19%) of the 86 Neospora-seropositive cows yet was undetectable in the 40 seronegative animals. Of the 126 pregnancies examined, 22 (17.5%) ended in abortion. Abortion occurred in 24.4% of seropositive cows (21/86) and in 2.5% of seronegative animals (1/40). Significant (P < 0.0001) interaction was observed between Neospora-seropositivity and IFN-gamma production. Based on the odds ratio, the risk of abortion was 15.6 times higher in seropositive cows not producing IFN-gamma than in seronegative animals, whereas neosporosis had no effect in seropositive cows with IFN-gamma production. A significant (P = 0.001) negative effect of IFN-gamma production on the Neospora titer was furthermore observed in the 65 non-aborting seropositive animals. These results indicate that IFN-gamma production affords protection against abortion in Neospora-infected cows and also point to a reduced humoral immune response to N. caninum during gestation in cows producing IFN-gamma. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 40 (0 ULg)