News : 2015 : January

New Publications on Bamboo Sharks and Box Turtles

Acute phase proteins and the acute phase response appears to be highly conserved among animal species and, in fact, acute phase proteins have even been detected in molluscs and frogs. Our laboratory had great fortune to collaborate on two projects examining plasma protein electrophoretic profiles and acute phase proteins in the white spotted bamboo shark and the eastern box turtle. Both studies were recently published in the December issue of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

Normal reference intervals were generated for C-reactive protein, serum amyloid A, and haptoglobin as well as plasma protein electrophoresis using samples from the bamboo shark. Commonly maintained in private and public aquaria, it is hoped that this baseline data will help in health assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of this special species. The influences of age, sex, season, and location on haptoglobin levels and protein electrophoresis values were examined in a study of free ranging eastern box turtles.

Congratulations to Drs. Krol and Flower for these excellent studies. See Volume 45, Issue 4 for both papers.