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See detailPyovagina caused by pyometra and a persistent hymen in a 9-year-old bitch
Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2013, September), 48(suppl1), 114

Pyovagina with a persistent hymen is very uncommon in a 9-year-old intact bitch. Blood discharge during prooestrus phases of previous cycles and the recent purulent vulvar discharge indicate an -at least ... [more ▼]

Pyovagina with a persistent hymen is very uncommon in a 9-year-old intact bitch. Blood discharge during prooestrus phases of previous cycles and the recent purulent vulvar discharge indicate an -at least partially- perforated hymen. For an unknown cause the hymen must have re-sealed after uterine contamination explaining a pyovagina that was bulging in the perineal area [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of concentration on equine fresh semen conservation
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Bloomaert, Didier; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2013, September), 48(suppl1), 85

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See detailThe effect of homologous prostatic fluid on the parameters of dog semen extended and frozen in Tris-egg yolk and INRA Freeze: preliminary results
Stanescu, Pascal; Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg; Aissi, Adel et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2012, August), 47(s4), 431

Recent studies showed that the cryoprotector component of egg yolk for the freezing of canine semen is represented by the low density lipoproteins (LDL), while the others components of egg yolk have a ... [more ▼]

Recent studies showed that the cryoprotector component of egg yolk for the freezing of canine semen is represented by the low density lipoproteins (LDL), while the others components of egg yolk have a number of detrimental effects on the frozen-thawed canine semen. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of a LDL commercial extender used for stallion semen – INRA FreezeÒ (IMV Technologies, L¢Aigle, France) with a standard extender for dog semen containing Tris, fructose, glycerol and 20% egg yolk (TFG-EY). Since there are some conflicting reports concerning the effect of prostatic fluid on sperm function, we also investigated if the effect of post-thaw dilution with autologous prostatic fluid on viability, motility and acrosome status of frozen-thawed canine spermatozoa is correlated with the composition of the extender. Semen was collected from six Beagle dogs and each sperm rich fraction was divided in two parts: one was diluted with INRA FreezeÒ and the other with TFG-EY and frozen with the same protocol. The third fraction of each ejaculate was collected separately, centrifuged at 1118 · g for 10 min and the supernatant was frozen at )18°C until use. For each extender, two straws were thawed: one straw was diluted 1:2 with autologous prostatic fluid, while the other was not diluted at all. Motility (CASA, IVOS; Hamilton Thorne, USA), viability and acrosome status (Guava EasyCyteÒ flow cytom- eter; IMV Technologies, L¢Aigle, France), morphology (Diff-Quick stain) were assessed at 5 min, 1 h and 2 h post-thaw (T0, T1, T2). Statistical analyses were performed with IBM SPSS software (ver. 19 for Windows; IBM, New York, NY, USA). The results are presented as mean values and a p value <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Viability, total and progressive motility and the percentage Ó 2012 Blackwell Verlag GmbH 432 Abstracts of intact acrosomes were higher (p < 0.05) for the TFG-EY group with or without the addition of the prostatic fluid. The results for motility in the INRA Freeze group were dramatically low compared to the TFG-EY group. There were no significant differences regarding the morphology of fresh and frozen semen for any of the four groups. Addition of prostatic fluid for the TFG-EY group significantly reduced the total and progressive motility at T0, T1 and T2 (p < 0.05), but showed no influence for the INRA Freeze group. This data show that the effect of prostatic fluid regarding motility differs between the two extenders. This may illustrate either an inhibitory effect of some components of the INRA FreezeÒ on the noxious effects of the prostatic fluid or conversely an enhancing effect of the TFG-EY on those. Alternatively, it could be that low values obtained with INRA FreezeÒ did not permit highlighting the effects of prostatic fluid. [less ▲]

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See detailSquamous metaplasia of the prostate and diffuse alopecia in a 13-year-old castrated dog due to chronic ingestion of exogenous estradiol
Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Deleuze, Stefan ULg

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2012, August), 47(S4), 561

Introduction. A 13-year old whippet with a generalized progressive alopecia since 2 years was referred to our clinic to perform a low-dose dexamethasone stimulation test and abdominal ultrasound to ... [more ▼]

Introduction. A 13-year old whippet with a generalized progressive alopecia since 2 years was referred to our clinic to perform a low-dose dexamethasone stimulation test and abdominal ultrasound to exclude or confirm Cushing disease. The dog had previously been treated with trilostane for 4 months without having any positive effects. Earlier blood analysis showed no significantly abnormalities and ACTH stimulation test was negative. Having bilateral cryptorchidism, the dog was castrated at young age. Clinical findings and treatment. Abdominal ultrasound revealed a slightly enlarged right adrenal gland (diameter of 1 cm at the cranial part). The prostate was enlarged and heterogeneous with multiple anechogenic cavities, indicating hormonal stimulation. Craniad the prostate and ventrally of the bladder, a hypoechogenic, oval structure (3 cm by 1.7 cm) could be seen, and was suspected to be a remaining cryptorchide testicle. Fine needle aspiration however showed that the structure contained a thick purulent liquid, with large amounts of polymorhonuclear white blood cells. Blood analysis revealed a leukocytosis (29370/mm3) with neutrophilia (23202/mm3). Low-dose dexamethasone test definitely excluded Cushing disease (basal cortisol levels 2,17 µg/dl; cortisol at 4 and 8 hours < 1 µg/dl). A prostatic wash was performed and revealed a severe prostatitis and presence of keratinized prostatic cells, indicating a squamous metaplasia of the prostate. Measurement of seric LH levels (LH Witness®, Synbiotics) showed an LH concentration lower than 1 ng/ml, indicating a hormonal negative feedback on the hypothalamo-hypophyso-gonadal axis. After a more thorough anamnesis, it became clear that the dog was licking and ingesting a transdermal estradiol containing cream (Estrogel®) from his owner, since two years, causing his symptoms. The dog was put on antibiotic treatment for the prostatitis (enrofloxacine 10 mg/kg SID) and underwent surgery to excise the abscess cranial of the prostate. The two ductuli deferentes were attached to this structure. Histopathological analysis revealed this tissue to be embryological remanents or a morphological anomaly with a urogenital origin. Control after 4 weeks showed that the prostate slightly decreased in volume, however, anechogenic cavities where still present of which one increased in volume. The alopecia was still present as well, both probably due to a prolonged action of the estrogens. Conclusion. Even though injectable estrogen preparations are not longer available in veterinary medicine in Europe, a thorough anamnesis towards other exogenous estrogen sources is still necessary and can reduce the number of supplementary exams performed. [less ▲]

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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 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 detailReproduction in the endangered African wild dog: basic physiology, reproductive suppression and possible benefits of artificial insemination
Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg; Paris, Damien; Van Soom, Ann et al

in Animal Reproduction Science (2012), 133

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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 detailPreservation and shipment of chilled and cryopreserved dog semen
Rijsselaere, Tom; Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg; Van Soom, Ann

in Vlaams Diergeneeskunde Tijdschift = Flemish Veterinary Journal (2011)

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See detailPalatoschisis in the dog: developmental mechanisms and etiology
Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg; Cornillie, Pieter; Stegen, Ludo et al

in Vlaams Diergeneeskunde Tijdschift = Flemish Veterinary Journal (2010)

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