News : 2014 : September

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.

This paper marks an important follow up to our previous publication in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(3):605-612, 2013 that detailed the use of acute phase proteins in the diagnosis and prognosis of elephant endothelioptropic herpesvirus-1 viremia. Thanks to our collaborators at the University of Florida: Drs. Isaza, Hiser, and Wiedner.