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See detailConcentration, Activity and Biochemical Characterization of Myeloperoxidase in Fresh and Post-thaw equine semen and their Implication on Freezability
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (in press)

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme associated with decreased motility in thawed equine semen. This study aimed to describe MPO concentration, activity and subunits in raw and thawed semen and ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme associated with decreased motility in thawed equine semen. This study aimed to describe MPO concentration, activity and subunits in raw and thawed semen and to correlate these data with motilities in raw and thawed semen. Semen samples from five stallions were collected four times. Motilities were assessed in raw and thawed semen. MPO assays were performed in raw seminal plasma, raw sperm-rich pellet and thawed semen. Total and active MPO concentrations were, respectively, assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and specific immunological extraction followed by enzymatic detection. MPO subunits present in semen were characterized by Western 3 blot. Purified active MPO was added in PBS and freezing extender to control its activity during freezing procedure. Differences between medians were determined using Kruskal– Wallis test, and correlations were determined using Spearman’s test for nonparametric data. Active MPO concentration was low in seminal plasma and thawed semen, but high in pellet (p = 0.0058), as the opposite relation was observed for total MPO concentration (p < 0.0001). In seminal plasma and post- thaw semen, inactive 86-kDa MPO precursor was mainly observed. Purified MPO activity was decreased in the extender (p = 0.0286). MPO activity in pellet was highly correlated with thawed progressive motility (r = 􏰑0.5576, p = 0.0086). Inac- tive MPO precursor and unknown low molecular weight inactive MPO precursor subunits explain low MPO activity in semen. Major MPO activity was observed in pellet, and post- thaw loss of activity is partially explained by MPO inactiva- tion in extender. Thawed semen motility was negatively correlated with MPO activity in pellet, becoming a potential freezability predictor. [less ▲]

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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 detailA case of Longitudinal Vaginal Septum in a mare
Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Deleuze, Stefan ULg

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2013, September), 48(suppl1), 112-113

LVS occurs when there is failure in the fusion of müllerian ducts or in the regression of the vaginal septum. Primary or secondary cause of infertility, increases the risk of dystocia or alter sport ... [more ▼]

LVS occurs when there is failure in the fusion of müllerian ducts or in the regression of the vaginal septum. Primary or secondary cause of infertility, increases the risk of dystocia or alter sport performance. It is most likely under-diagnosed as it is often asymptomatic and an incidental finding. [less ▲]

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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 detailEffect of artificial insemination site on post-mating endometritis in mares
Rodier, Clémentine; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2012, August), 47(suppl 5), 103

Aim of the study was to determine the effect of artificial insemination (AI) location on post-mating endometrial inflammation 1 and 6 days after AI. Six mares with ages ranging from 12 to 23 years were ... [more ▼]

Aim of the study was to determine the effect of artificial insemination (AI) location on post-mating endometrial inflammation 1 and 6 days after AI. Six mares with ages ranging from 12 to 23 years were inseminated with a same batch of frozen semen for 3 consecutive cycles. Mares were inseminated with the following procedures in a random order: (1) Deep uterine insemination with 4ml of semen; (2) Horn bifurcation with 4ml of semen; (3) Horn bifurcation with 4ml of semen and 6ml of extender. During each cycle, Cotton (C) and Brush (B) swabs were collected at 4 different moments: mid- dioestrus, mares with a 35mm follicle, 24h and 6 days after AI. Swabs were smeared on slides, fixed and stained (Diff-Quick®) before examination under light microscopy. Proportions of inflammatory and epithelial cells were determined and differences were studied with kruskal-wallis test for non-parametric data. Distensions of uterine lumen due to intraluminal fluid observed during ultrasound exams were measured and recorded. Quality of slides was better (p=0.0006) with B swabs than C swabs with 97% versus 65% of slides readable. B swabs were associated with higher percent of endometrial cells retrieved (p=0.0323), making them a better tool for endometritis diagnosis, which is consistent with our previous reports. Volume of intraluminal fluid and percent of inflammatory cells, both on B and C swabs, were not influenced by AI location regardless the timing of sampling. Small volume deep uterine AI did not significantly affect inflammatory response by the endometrium in our experiment. [less ▲]

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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 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 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 detailCaesarean section (CS) in cattle. Results of an international survey on procedures.
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2011, September 17), 46(3), 1-161

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See detailSuperovulation in the mare with commercially available pFSH
Parilla Hernandez, Sonia; Deleuze, Stefan ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2011), 46(s3), 138

Further studies on Stimufol with larger numbers, should be conducted as it might prove inexpensive and easy to superovulate mares.

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See detailSex and PRNP genotype determination in preimplantation caprine embryos
Guignot, F.; Perreau, C.; Cavarroc, C. et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2011), 46(4), 656-663

The objective of this study was to test the accuracy of genotype diagnosis after whole amplification of DNA extracted from biopsies obtained by trimming goat embryos and to evaluate the viability of ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to test the accuracy of genotype diagnosis after whole amplification of DNA extracted from biopsies obtained by trimming goat embryos and to evaluate the viability of biopsied embryos after vitrification/warming and transfer. Whole genome amplification (WGA) was performed using Multiple Displacement Amplification (MDA). Sex and prion protein (PRNP) genotypes were determined. Sex diagnosis was carried out by PCR amplification of ZFX/ZFY and Y chromosome-specific sequences. Prion protein genotype determination was performed on codons 142, 154, 211, 222 and 240. Embryos were collected at day 7 after oestrus and biopsied either immediately after collection (blastocysts and expanded blastocysts) or after 24 h of in vitro culture (compacted morulae). Biopsied embryos were frozen by vitrification. Vitrified whole embryos were kept as control. DNA of biopsies was extracted and amplified using MDA. Sex diagnosis was efficient for 97.4% of biopsies and PRNP genotyping was determined in 78.7% of biopsies. After embryo transfer, no significant difference was observed in kidding rate between biopsied and vitrified control embryos, whereas embryo survival rate was different between biopsied and whole vitrified embryos (p = 0.032). At birth, 100% of diagnosed sex and 98.2% of predetermined codons were correct. Offspring PRNP profiles were in agreement with parental genotype. Whole genome amplification with MDA kit coupled with sex diagnosis and PRNP genotype predetermination are very accurate techniques to genotype goat embryos before transfer. These novel results allow us to plan selection of scrapie-resistant genotypes and kid sex before transfer of cryopreserved embryo. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Efficiency of In vitro Ovine Embryo Production Using an Undefined or a Defined Maturation Medium is Determined by the Source of the Oocyte.
Cocero, M.; Alabart, J.; Hammami, S. et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2011), 46(3), 463-470

In vitro oocyte maturation can be influenced by oocyte source and maturation media composition. The aim of the present study was to compare the efficiency of a defined in vitro maturation medium (TCM199 ... [more ▼]

In vitro oocyte maturation can be influenced by oocyte source and maturation media composition. The aim of the present study was to compare the efficiency of a defined in vitro maturation medium (TCM199 supplemented with cysteamine and epidermal growth factor; Cys + EGF) with an undefined medium (TCM199 supplemented with follicle-stimulating hormone and follicular fluid; FSH + FF) for in vitro production (IVP) of ovine embryos, using oocytes obtained by laparoscopic ovum pick-up from FSH-stimulated [n = 11; 158 cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs)] and non-stimulated (n = 16; 120 COCs) live ewes, as well as abattoir-derived oocytes (170 COCs). The produced blastocysts were vitrified and some of them were transferred to synchronized recipients. The best and the worst final yields of embryo IVP observed in this study were obtained using oocytes from FSH-stimulated ewes matured in FSH + FF (41.3%; 33/80) and in Cys + EGF (19.2%; 15/78) medium, respectively (p < 0.01). No significant differences between both media were attained in the blastocyst development rate or in the final yield of embryo IVP using oocytes from non-stimulated ewes or abattoir-derived oocytes. The overall in vivo survival rate of the transferred vitrified blastocysts was 13.1% (8/61), without significant differences between oocyte sources or maturation media. In conclusion, under the experimental conditions of the present study, TCM199 supplemented with cysteamine and EGF is a convenient defined maturation medium for IVP of embryos from oocytes of live non-stimulated ewes or from oocytes of abattoir-derived ovaries. However, the best final yield of embryo IVP observed in this study was attained when oocytes came from FSH-stimulated donors and TCM199 was supplemented with FSH and follicular fluid [less ▲]

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See detailPregnancy-Associated Glycoprotein and Progesterone Concentrations during Pregnancy Failure in Bedouin Goat from the Southwest of Algeria.
Charallah, Salima; Amirat, Z.; Sulon, Joseph et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2010), 45(6), 213-238

Contents Thirteen female Bedouin goats living in arid land of Algeria Sahara desert were used in this study. These goats were pregnant but they sustained an abortion because of unidentified causes. None ... [more ▼]

Contents Thirteen female Bedouin goats living in arid land of Algeria Sahara desert were used in this study. These goats were pregnant but they sustained an abortion because of unidentified causes. None of the goats showed any signs of general disease. Plasma concentrations of caprine pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (cPAGs) and progesterone (P4) were determined during pregnancy using radioimmunoassay. The cPAGs concentration was undetectable (<0.8 ng/ml) throughout the first 2 weeks of gestation. From week 3 after mating, cPAGs concentration was detectable with significant individual variations (p < 0.05) reaching a maximum secretion (436.1 ng/ml). Throughout gestation, cPAGs concentration remained relatively constant but decreased few days before abortion, on an average of 9.2 +/- 1.2 days (n = 11), except for two females where the concentrations decreased later (1-2 days before abortion). One or two peaks of cPAGs concentrations (in 4/13 and in 9/13 females, respectively) have been measured few weeks before abortion (77-124 days after mating), when a decline of cPAGs was detected. The P4 concentration increased after mating, and was high from the first week till the end of pregnancy. The P4 concentration (9.1 +/- 0.9 ng/ml) decreased rapidly (<0.5 ng/ml) after 4 +/- 0.7 days (n = 6) or 9.4 +/- 1.6 days (n = 7) before abortion. A positive relationship (p < 0.01) was found between P4 and cPAGs concentrations during gestation. Results indicate that cPAGs and P4 measurements can be used for monitoring gestation and for abortion prediction. [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 detailCould Western blot analysis be an alternative to radio-immunoassay for sheep pregnancy associated glycoproteins measurements ?
El Amiri, B.; El Abbadi, N.; Benjelloun, B. et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2010, September 15), 45(Suppl 3), 65

This study prospected whether Western blot analysis could be an alternative to radio-immunoassay (RIA) for sheep pregnancy diagnosis. Blood samples were taken from Boujaâd ewes (n= 9) and Boujaâd x D’man ... [more ▼]

This study prospected whether Western blot analysis could be an alternative to radio-immunoassay (RIA) for sheep pregnancy diagnosis. Blood samples were taken from Boujaâd ewes (n= 9) and Boujaâd x D’man (BD) cross breed (n= 12). The pregnancy associated glycoproeins (PAGs) were weekly monitored in plasma during the whole gestation and the first month postpartum by two RIA systems (El Amiri et al., 2007, Reprod Domest Anim 42:257-62). The highly immunoreactive samples derived from PAG profiles were tested using Western blot based on the same antiserum used in RIA. Each week (from the 13th to the 19th week), two pools of plasma samples (4 ml each) were taken from single and multiple lambing ewes respectively. Samples were submitted to a protein extraction at neutral pH, followed by ammonium sulfate (A.S.) precipitation, dialysis, and lyophilization. The placental extract was used as a check. Results revealed that ewes with multiple lambs presented numerically higher PAG concentrations. In both RIA systems, the high concentrations were recoded around the 19th week of gestation and the maximal concentrations varied from 120 to 700 ng/ml. In Western blot, the placental extracts reacted positively while the plasma samples did not give any positive reaction. In conclusion, the RIA remains the only sensitive method to measure PAGs in plasma. The present study strengthens the need to develop an ELISA kit as an alternative to RIA systems. [less ▲]

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See detailCytological diagnosis of endometritis in the mare: a comparative study
Daspet, Sarah-Morgane; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Jolly, Sandra ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2010, September), 45s3

It was concluded that the brush swab was a promising diagnostic tool for use in field conditions.

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See detailPrediction of stillbirth by monotoring endocrine and metabolic parameters in dairy cattle
Szenci, 0; Bajcsy, A. C.; Brydl, E. et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2010), 45(Suppl 3), 109

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See detailCysteamine supplementation of in vitro maturation media: a review.
Deleuze, Stefan ULg; Goudet, G.

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2010), 45(6), 476-82

Under in vitro culture conditions, oxidative modifications of cell components via increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) represent a major culture induced stress. Anti-oxidant systems such as glutathione ... [more ▼]

Under in vitro culture conditions, oxidative modifications of cell components via increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) represent a major culture induced stress. Anti-oxidant systems such as glutathione (GSH) can attenuate the deleterious effects of oxidative stress by scavenging ROS. It has been suggested that GSH content in oocytes may serve as a reservoir protecting the zygote and the early embryos from oxidative damage before genomic activation and de novo GSH synthesis occur. Addition of low molecular weight compounds to culture media, such as cysteamine, can increase GSH levels by increasing cysteine uptake. Quite naturally, effects of supplementation of in vitro maturation (IVM) media with low molecular weight thiols have been studied in various species. This article reviews the use of cysteamine supplementation for IVM, its effects on maturation rates and further embryo development. [less ▲]

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See detailPregnancy-associated Glycoprotein Profile during the First Trimester of Pregnancy in Egyptian Buffalo Cows.
El-Battawy, K. A.; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Szenci, Otto et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2009), 44(2), 161166

Pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) concentrations were measured in buffalo cows starting from day 28 after breeding. Oestrus was synchronized in 10 buffaloes using two injections of 25 mg ... [more ▼]

Pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) concentrations were measured in buffalo cows starting from day 28 after breeding. Oestrus was synchronized in 10 buffaloes using two injections of 25 mg prostraglandin (PG)F(2alpha) (Lutalyse((R))) at a 11-day interval. Blood sampling was conducted nearly twice weekly. Results indicated that plasma PAG concentrations in non-pregnant buffaloes were low (<0.20 ng/ml) during the whole experimental period (day 28 to 103), while in pregnant animals plasma PAG levels increased from day 28 (4.48 +/- 0.92 ng/ml) until day 41 (27.27 +/- 6.74 ng/ml), remaining high (20.71 +/- 9.20 ng/ml) until day 103. Progesterone levels were significantly (p < 0.0001) higher in pregnant (3.51-4.80 ng/ml) than in non-pregnant buffaloes (0.28-1.52 ng/ml). A significant difference (p < 0.0001) in plasma PAG concentrations between pregnant and non-pregnant animals starting at day 28 after breeding suggests that PAG-radioimmunoassay could be suitable for pregnancy diagnosis in buffaloes during this period. In conclusion, PAG test offers the advantages that it requires a single plasma sample for early pregnancy diagnosis as well as the accuracy of the test for the detection of pregnancy as early as day 28. [less ▲]

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