Gerald Kuchling

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Pelodiscus is one of the most widely distributed genera of softshell turtles, ranging from south-eastern Siberia and Korea over central and southern China to Vietnam. Economically, Pelodiscus are the most important chelonians of the world and have been bred and traded in high numbers for centuries, resulting in many populations established outside their(More)
We investigated the phylogeographic differentiation of the widely distributed African helmeted terrapin Pelomedusa subrufa based on 1503 base pairs of mitochondrial DNA (partial cyt b and ND4 genes with adjacent tRNAs) and 1937 bp of nuclear DNA (partial Rag1, Rag2, R35 genes). Congruent among different analyses, nine strongly divergent mitochondrial clades(More)
An immunohistochemical mapping study in the brain and upper spinal cord of the turtle Testudo hermanni Gmelin revealed a wide distribution of somatostatin perikarya and fibres. Within the telencephalon, somatostatin perikarya are present in the anterior olfactory nucleus, in the medial, dorsomedial and dorsal cortex, in the pallial thickening, in the(More)
AIMS The present study addressed the ability of levofloxacin to penetrate into subcutaneous adipose tissues in patients with soft tissue infection. METHODS Tissue concentrations of levofloxacin in inflamed and healthy subcutaneous adipose tissue were measured in six patients by microdialysis after administration of a single intravenous dose of 500 mg.(More)
Optic nerve regeneration within the reptiles is variable. In a snake, Viper aspis, and the lizard Gallotia galloti, regeneration is slow, although some retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons eventually reach the visual centers (Rio et al. [1989] Brain Res 479:151-156; Lang et al. [1998] Glia 23:61-74). By contrast, in a lizard, Ctenophorus ornatus, numerous RGC(More)
Plasma levels of sex steroids in both males and females of the endangered Hermann's tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni) were measured throughout their active period in a wild population in the Massif des Maures, France, and in a nearby captive population at Le Village des Tortues in Gonfaron. Both plasma progesterone and testosterone were elevated in males(More)
Pseudemydura umbrina is one of the most endangered turtle species in the world, and the imperative for its conservation is its distinctive morphology and relict status among the Chelidae. We use Illumina sequencing to obtain the complete mitogenome for resolving its uncertain phylogenetic position. A novel nuclear paralogue confounded the assembly, and(More)
BACKGROUND To be listed for heart transplantation (HTx), optimization of the dosage of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) -inhibitors is recommended worldwide even though this issue has not been thoroughly investigated in the pre-transplantation cohort. OBJECTIVE The aim of this database study was to analyze the prognostic impact of a pre-defined high vs(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the present position of the western swamp tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina) as an endangered species and significant health issues affecting efforts to save it from extinction. PROCEDURE A retrospective analysis of the husbandry, hospital and pathology records of the western swamp tortoise captive breeding program at Perth Zoo. RESULTS(More)
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