News

New Publication on SAA in Dolphins

Check out the current issue of Aquatic Mammals for an interesting study of serum amyloid A (SAA) expression in dolphins during and after uncomplicated pregnancy. This was a collaborative study with the University of Florida, SeaWorld, and the University of Miami. The study reported elevated levels during late pregnancy and in the early post partum period.

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New Publication of Acute Phase Proteins in Bonnethead Sharks

Check out the new paper on plasma protein electrophoresis and acute phase protein expression in the Bonnethead shark published in the December issue of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Congratulations to our collaborators Dr. Mike Hyatt of the Adventure Aquarium and Drs. Field and Clauss of the Georgia Aquarium.

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Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays! The laboratory will be closed Thursday, November 24 but will reopen on Friday, November 25. Other lab closures are Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at (800)596-7390. We appreciate your patronage and wish you the best in the New Year.

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Acute Phase Proteins in the Przewalski's Horse

The laboratory was pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park on a study of acute phase protein expression in a Przewalsk’s horse (Equus ferus przewalski). In this study, the horse presented with an aspiration pneumonia which did not resolve over a two month period. Minimal changes were observed in hematologic analyses. Protein electrophoresis, serum amyloid A (SAA) and surfactant protein D serum concentrations were found to more accurately reflect the severity of disease.

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Great Presentations at AAZV

The annual American Association of Zoo Veterinarians meeting was held in Atlanta July 16-22 in conjunction with the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. The Avian & Wildlife Laboratory and the Acute Phase Protein Laboratory were proud to be a collaborator of 4 projects presented at the conference. One of the studies, entitled, “Serum amyloid A: an inflammatory marker of Otostrongylus infection in juvenile Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) in central California” was awarded the Best Presentation Award. Congratulations to Dr. Julie Sheldon and all of her collaborators!

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