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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 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 detailEquine frozen semen parameters in relation with total myeloperoxidase concentration
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Mottart, Evelyne et al

in Animal Reproduction Science (2008, September 15)

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