News : 2014 : September

New Publication on Hemoglobin Binding Protein in Loggerhead Turtles

This marks the first report of implementation of an assay for hemoglobin binding protein in loggerhead turtles. Eighteen samples reflecting pre and post rehabilitation status were examined by this assay and plasma protein electrophoresis. Significant differences in all analytes were observed between these timepoints and, notably, hemoglobin binding protein levels were found to increase during the rehabilitation period. These results indicate that this assay may serve as a useful tool in assessing the health of sea turtles. As all 7 free ranging sea turtle species have either endangered or threatened status, this new assay may have relevance in the study of wild populations and in monitoring the health status of turtles under human care.

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New Publication on Acute Phase Proteins in Elephants

A new paper is available as early in press in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation which details the first reference intervals for protein electrophoresis and acute phase proteins for the Asian elephant. Results include values from 35 clinically normal animals and 9 animals with clinical problems including pododermatitis, infected tusk, and a traumatic knee injury. While significant differences in some electrophoretic values were present, the specific assay for serum amyloid A was especially sensitive for underlying inflammatory processes offering more than a 5 to 10 fold increase in levels. This acute phase protein should be considered as a health monitoring and prognostic tool in this species.

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