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See detailRelationship of progesterone, bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 and nitric oxide with late embryonic and early fetal mortalities in dairy cows
Karen, A; Bajcsy, AC; Minoia, R et al

in Journal of Reproduction and Developmen (2014), 60(2), 162-167

The aim of the present study was to determine the relationship of progesterone (P4), bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (bPAG-1) and nitric oxide (NO) levels with late embryonic (LEM; day 28 to ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to determine the relationship of progesterone (P4), bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (bPAG-1) and nitric oxide (NO) levels with late embryonic (LEM; day 28 to day 42) and early fetal mortalities (EFM; > day 42 to day 56) in dairy cows. Transrectal ultrasonography (6-8 MHz) was performed in 100 Holstein-Friesian cows at days 28, 42 and 56 after artificial insemination (AI; day 0) to diagnose pregnancy and to monitor the fate of the embryo. After ultrasound scanning of each cow, a milk sample was collected for assessment of P4 by an ELISA test and a blood sample was collected for assessment of bPAG-1, by using a double-antibody radioimmunoassay, and serum NO metabolites (nitrate + nitrite). Based on ultrasonographic examinations and bPAG-1-RIA, 41 of 100 inseminated cows were confirmed pregnant at day 28 after AI. Nine cows suffered of LEM, and 6 cows suffered of EFM and the overall pregnancy loss rate was 36.6% (15/41) between days 28 and 56 of pregnancy. By logistic regression analysis, there were no significant relationships between the level of P4 and bPAG-1 at day 28 after AI and the occurrence of LEM and EFM. Also, there were no significant relationships between the levels of P4 and bPAG-1 at day 42 and the occurrence of EFM. On the other hand, a significant relationship (P<0.05) was found between NO level at day 28 and the occurrence of LEM. In conclusion, measurement of the serum NO concentration at day 28 of pregnancy might help to predict the outcome of pregnancy by day 42 in dairy cows but further studies are needed to confirm this. [less ▲]

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See detailGamma interferon production and plasma concentrations of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins 1 and 2 in gestating dairy cows naturally infected with Neospora caninum.
Serrano-Perez, B; Garcia-Ispierto, I; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2014), 49(2), 275-280

Gamma interferon (IFN-γ) production and cross-breed pregnancy have been attributed a role in protecting dairy cows infected with Neospora caninum against abortion. Plasma levels of pregnancy-associated ... [more ▼]

Gamma interferon (IFN-γ) production and cross-breed pregnancy have been attributed a role in protecting dairy cows infected with Neospora caninum against abortion. Plasma levels of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins-1 (PAG-1) are a marker of placental/foetal well-being and of PAG-2 is an abortion risk indicator in chronically N. caninum-infected animals. The present study examines, in cross-breed pregnancies, interactions between IFN-γ production and levels of PAG-1 and PAG-2 in non-aborting naturally Neospora-infected dairy cows. Data were obtained from 60 pregnant Holstein-Friesian cows: 44 Neospora-seropositive and 16 Neospora-seronegative; 12 became pregnant using Holstein-Friesian semen and 48 using Limousin semen. Blood samples were collected on Days 40, 90, 120, 150, 180 and 210 of gestation. Gamma interferon was only detected in the plasma of nine of the 44 Neospora-seropositive cows, all of them became pregnant using Limousin semen. Through GLM procedures, in cows inseminated with Limousin semen and Neospora-seropositive cows showing no IFN-γ production, PAG-1 concentrations were high and increased throughout gestation compared to the levels detected in cows inseminated with Holstein-Friesian semen and Neospora-seropositive cows producing IFN-γ, respectively. In Neospora-seronegative cows and in Neospora-seropositive cows showing no IFN-γ production, significantly increased PAG-2 concentrations were observed on gestation Day 120. Our findings indicate that IFN-γ production correlates negatively and the production of antibodies against N. caninum is uncorrelated with plasma PAG concentrations during gestation in Neospora-infected dairy cows. Accordingly, IFN-γ production could be linked to the transplacental migration of tachyzoites, which may cause a reduction in PAG levels. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) by means of an enzymoimunoassay (ELISA) sandwich kit for pregnancy monitoring in sheep
El Amiri, Bouchra; Delahaut, Philippe; Colemans, Yves et al

in Chentouf, M; López-Francos, A; Bengoumi, M (Eds.) et al Options méditerranéennes : Series A (2014)

The aim of the present study was to investigate the use of a PAGs ELISA-Sandwich kit (Ret. code E.G.7. CER. Marloie, Belgium) for both early pregnancy diagnosis (in Sardi sheep) and the pregnancy follow ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to investigate the use of a PAGs ELISA-Sandwich kit (Ret. code E.G.7. CER. Marloie, Belgium) for both early pregnancy diagnosis (in Sardi sheep) and the pregnancy follow up (in Boujaâd and Boujaâd x D'man sheep). ln Sardi breed, plasma samples were obtained from pregnant ewes (n = 17) from day 18 to 30 of gestation at 2 days interval. ln Boujaâd (n = 8) and Boujaâd x D'man (n = 20) the blood samples were weekly collected from the first week of gestation till the 4th week after lambing. The PAG concentrations were determined by a sandwich-ELISA based on purified bovine PAG (boPAG-67 kDa) as a standard, the antiserum raised against caprine PAG (caPAG-55+62 kDa) as a capture antibody (1/40000) and antiserum raised against purified PAG from buffalo (AS 859) as detection antibody (1/32 000). The Avidin-HRP and TMB were used to reveal reactions. Ewes were assumed to be pregnant when PAG concentrations were higher than 0.8 ng/ml. Results showed that in Sardi sheep it is possible to detect ail ewes as pregnant as early as on 24 days of gestation. ln Boujaâd and Boujaâd x D'man the PAG concentrations reached the higher values just before lambing. This value is higher in ewes carrying more than one lamb than in those carrying a single lamb. To conclude, the present study shows that the ELISA kit used for early pregnancy diagnosis in sheep as weil as for pregnancy fellow up could be a good alternative to the radioimmunoassay RIA in countries where this last technique is hard to set up. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins and alpha-fetoprotein in fallow deer (Dama dama) placenta
Bériot, Mathilde ULg; Tchimbou Njanjo, Aline Flora ULg; Barbato, Olimpia et al

in Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica (2014), 56(4), 1-11

Background: This paper describes the isolation and characterization of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG) from fetal cotyledonary tissue (FCT) and maternal caruncular tissue (MCT) collected from ... [more ▼]

Background: This paper describes the isolation and characterization of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG) from fetal cotyledonary tissue (FCT) and maternal caruncular tissue (MCT) collected from fallow deer (Dama dama) pregnant females. Proteins issued from FCT and MCT were submitted to affinity chromatographies by using Vicia villosa agarose (VVA) or anti-bovine PAG-2 (R#438) coupled to Sepharose 4B gel. Finally, they were characterized by SDSPAGE and N-terminal microsequencing. Results: Four distinct fallow deer PAG (fdPAG) sequences were identified and submitted to Swiss-Prot database. Comparison of fdPAG with PAG sequences identified in other ruminant species exhibited 64 to 83% identity. Additionally, alpha-fetoprotein was identified in fetal and maternal tissues. Conclusion: Our results demonstrate the efficacy of VVA and bovine PAG-2 affinity chromatographies for the isolation of PAG molecules expressed in deer placenta. This is the first report giving four specific amino acid sequences of PAG isolated from feto-maternal junction (FCT and MCT) in the Cervidae family. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics of Pregnancy-Associated glycoprotein (PAG) like proteins in red deer
Okuyama, MW; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg

Poster (2013, June 19)

The Pregnancy-Associated glycoproteins (PAGs) constitute an asparatic proteinase family and are divided into 2 groups; bovine PAG-1 (boPAG-1) group and boPAG-2 group. PAGs have been detected in many ... [more ▼]

The Pregnancy-Associated glycoproteins (PAGs) constitute an asparatic proteinase family and are divided into 2 groups; bovine PAG-1 (boPAG-1) group and boPAG-2 group. PAGs have been detected in many domestic ruminant species and their biochemical characteristics were reported. However, information in wild ruminant, especially in deer species is scarce. The aim of this study is to investigate the characteristics of placental protein extracted in red deer (cervus elaphus); placental proteins which belong to each type of PAG group were identified in purification steps. Fresh frozen placenta (fetal cotyledon (FC): 2,247 g, maternal cotyledon (MC): 2,255 g respectively) was used as following purification step; protein extraction, acid precipitation (pH 4.5), Ammonium sulfate precipitation (SA0-40%, SA40-80%) and anion exchange chromatography (DEAE-cellulose 0M, 0,02M, 0,04M, 0,08M, 0,16M and 0,32M NaCl). In every step, Immunoreactivity against anti-PAG antisera was checked by Radioimmunoassay with using anti-PAG-1 antiserum (AS706) and anti-boPAG-2 antiserum (AS438). After Ammonium sulfate precipitation, much higher concentrations were gained in SA40-80% step (AS706: 5.35 mg/FCkg and 6.73 mg/MCkg, AS438: 24.79 mg/FCkg and 84.6 mg/MCkg) than SA0-40% step (AS706: 0.64 mg/FCkg and 0.79 mg/MCkg, AS438: 1.3 mg/FCkg and 9.34 mg/MCkg) in both part of cotyledon. After DEAE chromatography, the highest concentrations of protein against AS438 were gained in 0.08M NaCl step (5.49 mg/FCkg and 17.8 mg/MCkg) and concentrations of protein against AS706 were almost same in 0.08M NaCl (1.01 mg/FCkg and 1.35 mg/MCkg) and 0.16M NaCl (0.93 mg/FCkg and 1.34 mg/MCkg). In many ruminants such as cattle, sheep and goat, PAGs are contained largely in fetal cotyledon and most amounts of PAGs are belonging to PAG-1 group. On the other hand, in red deer, much larger amount of PAGs was obtained from maternal cotyledon. And stronger immunoreactivity with anti-boPAG-2 antisera was detected than with anti-PAG-1 antisera. This characteristic is similar to the results which were reported in pig and dromedary. Therefore, these results suggest that PAGs in red deer have different characteristics from other ruminant species. [less ▲]

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See detailThe prenatal development in swamp buffalo
Van Hanh, N; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Iranian Journal of Veterinary Research (2013), 14(4), 313-319

There are morphological and reproductive physiological differences between swamp buffalo (Bubalus carabanensis) and river buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). The development of fetus weight and fetus biometry was ... [more ▼]

There are morphological and reproductive physiological differences between swamp buffalo (Bubalus carabanensis) and river buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). The development of fetus weight and fetus biometry was reported in river buffalo and other animals but not in swamp buffalo. The aim of this study was to describe the inherent variability in fetus related measurements during swamp buffalo pregnancy. The data is based on measurements of 267 fetuses and 5 new born claves from swamp buffalo. The results show that a significant linear correlation exists between estimated age of fetuses and parameters of fetus sizes. There were correlations between crown-rump length (CRL) and other fetal parameters, as well as between fetus weight and its parameters. In conclusion, our data indicated that the feasibility and value of fetal measures in swamp buffaloes being used for the evaluation of fetal development. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of minimum effective doses of luteinizing hormone and human chorionic gonadotropin for intrafollicular treatment to induce ovulation in dairy heifers.
Mala, J; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg et al

in Acta Veterinaria BRNO (2013), 82

The aim of this study was to determine the minimum effective intrafollicular doses of luteinizing hormone and human chorionic gonadotropin in order to induce ovulation in cycling dairy heifers that have ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to determine the minimum effective intrafollicular doses of luteinizing hormone and human chorionic gonadotropin in order to induce ovulation in cycling dairy heifers that have not yet been adequately established. Application of 10, 5, 1, 0.5, 0.1, 0.01 and 0.001 µg luteinizing hormone as well as 10, 1, 0.1, 0.01 and 0.001 international units (IU) of human chorionic gonadotropin in dominant follicles was performed on day 7 of the oestrous cycle. Control animals were given luteinizing hormone (12.5 mg and 25 mg) or human chorionic gonadotropin (2000 IU) intravenously. Accessory corpus luteum on day 14 of the oestrous cycle was considered as an evidence of ovulation. Ovulation was observed in 2 out of 3 heifers in each treatment group (n = 3) after administration of 10–0.1 µg luteinizing hormone (except for 0.5 µg – ovulation in 3 of 3 heifers), in all heifers after administration of 10–0.01 IU human chorionic gonadotropin as well as in all control heifers. Administration of 0.01 µg and 0.001 µg luteinizing hormone as well as of 0.001 IU human chorionic gonadotropin did not result in ovulation. Higher progesterone concentration on day 14 vs. day 7 of the oestrous cycle was found after all treatments. Nevertheless, the differences were signicant (P < 0.05) only after intrafollicular treatments with 5, 1 and 0.001 µg luteinizing hormone as well as 10, 1 and 0.01 IU human chorionic gonadotropin. In conclusion, minimum efcient doses for intrafollicular treatment of the dominant follicles in cycling heifers capable of inducing ovulation were 0.1 µg of luteinizing hormone and 0.01 IU of human chorionic gonadotropin. This is the rst study describing the intrafollicular luteinizing hormone administration in cycling dairy heifers. [less ▲]

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See detailIntrafollicular LH administration in dairy heifers treated with a GnRH agonist
Mala, J; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg et al

in Veterinarni Medicina (2013), 58(2), 8186

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of intrafollicular treatment (IFT) with different doses of luteinising hormone. Experimental heifers were treated with a single deslorelin implant to ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of intrafollicular treatment (IFT) with different doses of luteinising hormone. Experimental heifers were treated with a single deslorelin implant to desensitise gonadotroph cells of the pituitary gland. Thereafter, follicular development was stimulated by exogenous FSH treatment. Intrafollicular treatment with 10, 5, 1 and 0.01 μg LH was performed on one single follicle while other follicles remained untreated. Human chorionic gonadotrophine (2000 UI) was administered intravenously as a control. Ovulation and development of the corpus luteum occurred after all intrafollicular treatments with 10 and 5 μg LH. After IFT using 1 μg of LH 75% animals (3/4) ovulated. The dose of 0.01 μg was not followed by any ovulation whereas control treatments with hCG were followed by an ovulation of the majority of follicles present in the ovaries. In conclusion, IFT with different doses of LH (greater than 0.01 μg) is capable of inducing ovulation. [less ▲]

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See detailProfiles of pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) concentrations during gestation in swamp buffalo
Van Hahn, N; Viet Linh, N; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 10th World Buffalo Congress and 7th Asian Buffalo Congress (2013)

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See detailPregnancy-Associated Glycoproteins (PAGs) in prolific (Boujaâd x D’man) and non- prolific (Boujaâd) Moroccan sheep by means of four radio-immunoassays
El Amiri, Bouchra; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; El Abbadi, N et al

in Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Hungarian Association for Buiatrics (2013)

The aim of the present study was: i) to investigate the use of PAGs for pregnancy follow up in Boujaâd non prolific (n=8) vs. Boujaâd x D’man a prolific sheep (n=20), ii) to study whether the boPAG tracer ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was: i) to investigate the use of PAGs for pregnancy follow up in Boujaâd non prolific (n=8) vs. Boujaâd x D’man a prolific sheep (n=20), ii) to study whether the boPAG tracer (daily available at the laboratory of physiology of reproduction, Liège, could be used in RIA without affecting the results, iii) to prospect the possibility of transferring the technique to a Moroccan laboratory. The blood samples were weekly collected from the first week of gestation till the 4 week after lambing. The RIA1, RIA2, RIA3 and RIA4 were all based on ovPAG standard, while the tracer and antiserum changed according to the system. The RIA1, RIA3 and RIA4 were performed in Belgium while the RIA2 was carried out in Morocco. The results showed that the highest correlation was obtained between the RIA3 and RIA4 (R2 = 0.83) while the lowest was recorded between the RIA2 and RIA4 (R2 = 0.69). The lowest concentrations derived from the RIA2. The highest concentrations were recorded before lambing (279.29; 88.21; 268.75; 152.67 ng/ml respectively for RIAs 1, 2, 3 and 4). To conclude, the profiles of ovPAG showed that it is possible to flow-up with success using the four systems. In addition, the RIA1 using boPAG as tracer could be a good alternative to the homologous one and finally, it is possible to set up routinely the RIA technique for PAG detection in Moroccan laboratories. [less ▲]

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See detailPregnancy-associated glycoproteins in sheep: breeds, techniques and achievements
El Amiri, Bouchra; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Szenci, Otto et al

in Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Hungarian Association for Buiatrics (2013)

The aim of the present review is to summarize the achievements on pregnancy-associated glycoproteins in sheep during the last 20 years on terms of results obtained after purifications, molecular biology ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present review is to summarize the achievements on pregnancy-associated glycoproteins in sheep during the last 20 years on terms of results obtained after purifications, molecular biology, radio-immunoassays (RIA), enzyme linked immune sorbent assay (ELISA), double radial immune-diffusion (Ouchterlony) and Western blot techniques. The analysis of documented papers that concerned these attempts showed that the animal genetic material used was composed of variable breeds from north Africa, Europe and USA (the Aragonesa, Ouled Djellal, Laucaun drairy sheep, Berrichone, Texel x Norvegian crossed ewes, Awassi x Merino, Blackheaded Moutton sheep x Blackheaded German Mutton sheep (BGM), Rhoen sheep crosses of BGM with Dorper sheep, Assaf, Chura, Merino, Texel, Suffolk, Boujaâd Moroccan breed). The RIA represents the wildspread technique used (54%) while Oucherlony and Western blot had been limited in use (4% each). From 1990 to 2000 only 27% of the achievements being available today were realized. The main data, profiles and studies were performed from 2000 to now (63%). To conclude, this review allows summarizing and updating the knowledge about the PAG in sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailSerum albumin [Fragment] from Dama dama placenta - Accession number C0HJD2
Bériot, Mathilde ULg; Tchimbou Njanjo, Aline Flora; Barbato, Olimpia et al

E-print/Working paper (2013)

N-terminal microsequence obtained after purification and characterization of placental proteins in Dama dama (fallow deer). Proteins were submitted to SwissProt databank.

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See detailAlpha-2-HS-glycoprotein [Fragment] from Dama dama placenta - Accession number C0HJD1
Bériot, Mathilde ULg; Tchimbou Njanjo, Aline Flora; Barbato, Olimpia et al

E-print/Working paper (2013)

N-terminal microsequence obtained after purification and characterization of placental proteins in Dama dama (fallow deer). Proteins were submitted to SwissProt databank.

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See detailPregnancy-Associated Glycoprotein D-56 kDa [Fragment] from Dama dama placenta - Accession number C0HJD0
Bériot, Mathilde ULg; Tchimbou Njanjo, Aline Flora; Barbato, Olimpia et al

E-print/Working paper (2013)

N-terminal microsequence obtained after purification and characterization of placental proteins in Dama dama (fallow deer). Proteins were submitted to SwissProt databank.

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See detailPregnancy-Associated Glycoprotein C-39 kDa [Fragment] from Dama dama placenta - Accession number C0HJC9
Bériot, Mathilde ULg; Tchimbou Njanjo, Aline Flora; Barbato, Olimpia et al

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N-terminal microsequence obtained after purification and characterization of placental proteins in Dama dama (fallow deer). Proteins were submitted to SwissProt databank.

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See detailPregnancy-Associated Glycoprotein B-56 kDa [Fragment] from Dama dama placenta - Accession number C0HJC8
Bériot, Mathilde ULg; Tchimbou Njanjo, Aline Flora; Barbato, Olimpia et al

E-print/Working paper (2013)

N-terminal microsequence obtained after purification and characterization of placental proteins in Dama dama (fallow deer). Proteins were submitted to SwissProt databank.

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See detailPregnancy-Associated Glycoprotein A-62 kDa [Fragment] from Dama dama placenta - Accession number C0HJC7
Bériot, Mathilde ULg; Tchimbou Njanjo, Aline Flora; Barbato, Olimpia et al

E-print/Working paper (2013)

N-terminal microsequence obtained after purification and characterization of placental proteins in Dama dama (fallow deer). Proteins were submitted to SwissProt databank.

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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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