News : 2014 : June

New Publication on APP Applications in Equine Placentitis

Bacterial and fungal infections resulting in ascending placentitis are a common cause of late term complications in pregnant mares. Inflammation of the placentus can lead to abortion or premature delivery. Researchers at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington recently published a study acute phase protein expression in an experimental model of bacterial placentitis. Led by Drs. Igor Canisso and Barry Ball, rapid increases in serum amyloid A (SAA) and haptoglobin (HP) were observed after the induction of placentitis and through the point of abortion. These changes were consistently present with the absence of significant changes in fibrinogen and white blood cell counts.

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