Formation of lactic acid by the extracts from the healthy rabbit muscles was studied as affected by the sera of embryos, newborn rabbits and pregnant female rabbits. The blood sera and beta-globulin isolated from them are established to activate anaerobic glycolysis and inhibit the Pasteur reaction. It is shown that protein typical of normal growth, belonging to beta-globulins and circulating in blood of the embryos, newborn rabbits from the first to the fifteenth day of development is "responsible" for this phenomena. Correlation is found between the precipitation test for detecting this protein and its biological effect on glycolysis and the Pasteur reaction.
The aetiology of abortions and calf mortality in 65 Danish cattle herds consisting of both dairy and beef breeds during a 1-year period is described. All observed aborted foetuses, still-born calves, and calves dying before 6 months of age were necropsied, and relevant microbiological examinations were performed. A total of 240 calves and 66 abortions were submitted corresponding to a calf mortality rate of 7%. The abortion frequency could not be calculated. 43% of the calves died at day 0, while 22% were aborted, 15% died during the first week of life, 9% died from 1 to 4 weeks of age, and 11% died at the age of 1 to 6 months. The most common cause was neonatal pulmonic atelectasis (stillbirth) followed by foetal infections, pneumonia, and septicaemia.
Natural swine and cattle gamma-IFNs were prepared for trials. One dose of gamma-suiferon contained 1000 IU, that of gamma-boviferon--2000 IU. Three series of researches were carried out to estimate the in vitro and in vivo absorbing activity of phagocytes (monocytes and neutrophiles), their bactericidal ability (on new born pigs and calves, 2 months old animals, sows and cows with calf) and antibodygenesis after immunization of animals by colibacteriosis vaccine. It has been shown in trials that gamma-IFN increased to significant degree (several times, as a rule) the absorbing activity of phagocytes (especially that of monocytes in new-born animals). At the same time bactericidal activity of phagocytes sharply increased--their functional reserve in experimental animals was significantly higher (2-3-times), than in control. Immunization by colinebacteriosis vaccine with additional treatment by homologous gamma-IFN 3-4 times increased antibodygenesis in comparison with control.
The peculiarities of dynamics of quantitative changes of some classes of lipid and phospholipid spectra of blood plasma of calves recovered after dyspepsia were studied. Obtained reliable changes of the blood plasma lipidogrammas testify to development of dyslipidemia. It is characterized by hypercholesterolemia and hypertriacylglycerolemia of recovered 30 days old calves 3 weeks after diseases symptoms past. These changes give evidence concerning deficiency of phosphatides choline fraction - main structural components of cell membranes. It was established that changes of lipid and phospholipid spectra of blood plasma caused by enteropathology can be corrected by the inclusion of reparative therapy preparations to dyspepsia treatment plan in particular--experimental phospholipid containing a drug, which is prepared on the basis of milk phospholipids--its natural source for newborn calves.
The state of enzymatic antioxidant system and thyroid status in the rat tissues under early postnatal overnutrition leading to shortening of life-span and calorie-restricted diet extending lifespan have been studied. It was found that the concentration of thyroxine, body weight and content of lipid hydroperoxides in the blood serum and liver post-mitochondrial fraction of rats had been reliably increased. At the same time the concentration of GSH and GSSG, superoxide dismutase, Se-dependent glutathione peroxidase (GP) activities in the liver and GP activity in the blood serum of experimental rats were reduced. The use of calorie-restricted diet for 2 months showed considerable decrease of thyroxine and triiodothyronine concentration, body weight and the content of lipid hydroperoxides in the blood serum of experimental rats compared with control. At the same time GP activity in the liver, Se-dependent GP activity and content of ceruloplasmin in blood of experimental rats were essentially enhanced. The obtained results allow to conclude that from all studied indices the activity of GSH-dependent antioxidant system (especially Se-dependent GP activity) and thyroid status revealed the most sensible changes in response to the used kind of nutrition. Unlike hypocaloric diet overnutrition results in a decrease of Se-dependent GP activity in the liver and blood of rats. That may be the most crucial moment in the maintenance of prooxidant-antioxidant balance of tissues.
We report an outbreak of acute selenium poisoning among suckling pigs; 92 piglets were found dead or moribund without preceding symptoms. Necropsy revealed acute congestion of liver and small intestine. The source was a powdered iron supplement contaminated by sodium selenite.
PURPOSE: To examine after-cataract and eye growth in lensectomized newborn rabbits implanted with capsule tension rings of different sizes. SETTING: S:t Eriks Eye Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. METHODS: Two groups of 24-day-old rabbits were used. In Group 1 (n = 9), lensectomy was performed in both eyes. In one randomly selected eye, an open poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) capsule tension ring with a 7.0 mm diameter and 0.13 mm thickness was implanted in the capsular bag. The other eye was left aphakic. In Group 2 (n = 10), an open PMMA capsule tension ring with a 10.0 mm diameter and 0.13 mm thickness was implanted in one randomly selected eye, and the other eye was left aphakic. Axial length, corneal diameter, corneal thickness, and intraocular pressure (IOP) were measured in all eyes preoperatively and 1, 2, and 3 months after surgery. The wet mass of the after-cataract was measured at 3 months. Three Group 1 eyes and four Group 2 eyes developed secondary glaucoma and were excluded from the study. RESULTS: Axial growth did not differ significantly between the eyes implanted with the 7.0 mm ring and the aphakic eyes (mean difference 0.01 mm; F3;15 = 0.02; P > .25). Corneal diameter also did not differ (two-way analysis of variance [ANOVA]). Axial length growth was less in the eyes implanted with the 10.0 mm ring than in the aphakic eyes (mean difference 1.05 mm; F3;15 = 2.06; P .25; two-way ANOVA). Amount of after-cataract did not differ significantly between the aphakic eyes and the eyes implanted with the 7.0 mm ring. It was significantly less in the eyes with the 10.0 mm ring than in those with the 7.0 mm ring (Wilcoxon signed-rank test) and in the aphakic eyes (P
PURPOSE: To study the association between after-cataract and secondary glaucoma after lensectomy and 5-fluorouracil treatment in an experimental infant rabbit model. SETTING: St Erik Eye Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. METHODS: Lensectomy was performed in both eyes of 16 3-week-old rabbits. One randomly selected eye in each rabbit was injected with 2.5 mg of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) at surgery and 5.0 mg the day after surgery to reduce the formation of after-cataract. Axial length, corneal thickness, corneal diameter, and intraocular pressure were measured preoperatively and 4 times during the 6 months following surgery. Six months after surgery, the wet weight of the after-cataract was determined. RESULTS: In 16 aphakic eyes treated with 5-FU, no or a minimal amount (0.10 g); 8 of these developed glaucoma. The other 6 eyes had no or minimal after-cataract and did not develop secondary glaucoma. The relationship between after-cataract and secondary glaucoma was statistically significant. CONCLUSION: A significant relationship between the amount of after-cataract and the development of secondary glaucoma was found in aphakic infant rabbit eyes.