News : 2017 : October

New Publication on APP Expression in Elephant Seals

The Avian & Wildlife Laboratory is pleased to have collaborated on a recently published study investigating the application of acute phase protein quantitation in the juvenile northern elephant seal. This study was conducted in collaboration with the Aquatic Animal Health program at the University of Florida and The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. Congratulations to all of our colleagues.

Published in the Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine (48:767-775, 2017), the paper details the validation of C-reactive protein (CRP) and serum amyloid A (SAA) testing in this species of special interest. Most notable was the increased expression of SAA (but not CRP) in the preclinical stages of the life threatening infection with Otostrongylus parasites. When the patients showed clinical signs, CRP then became elevated. This study was recently extended through the use of lateral flow device for SAA making acute phase protein testing an option for immediate intervention via this point of care test. This project was recently presented at the Association of American Zoo Veterinarians meeting in Dallas.