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Six individuals with an established recombination between the HLA-A and the HLA-B loci of the major histocompatibility complex have been tested in unilateral mixed lymphocyte cultures with other members of their families. A weak, but statistically significant lymphocyte activating influence of the HLA-A chromosomal region has been observed.
The presence of steroids and their receptors throughout development, specifically androgen receptor (AR), estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) and estrogen receptor beta (ERbeta), in the epididymis of a high estrogen producing species like the stallion has not been determined. Epididymal and testicular samples were collected for analysis of testosterone and(More)
The expression of monomorphic Ia-like antigens and polymorphic (allotypic) HLA-DR determinants on CFU-GM, BFU-E, CFU-E, and CFU-GEMM was studied in bone marrow and peripheral blood cells from normal healthy individuals. Using various polyclonal and monoclonal anti-Ia-like antibodies, the presence of HLA-DR backbone antigens was shown on all hematopoietic(More)
The semen characteristics and testicular size of 398 3-year-old maiden Dutch Warmblood stallions were studied during February and March. Mean values (+/- SD) of age (1030 +/- 88 days) and testicular size (9.8 +/- 0.9 cm) of the maiden stallions were determined as well as the following semen characteristics (mean of two ejaculates, taken 1 h apart): volume(More)
The objective of this study was to scale-up the procedure for Single Layer Centrifugation (SLC) through Androcoll(TM)-P, as a preliminary step towords processing the whole ejaculate. The first experiment compared Single Layer Centrifugation using 4.5 mL and 15 mL extended ejaculate (SLC-4.5 and SLC-15, resp.), assessing sperm quality by objective motility(More)
The hemizona assay (HZA) has been developed as a diagnostic test to predict the fertilisation potential of human spermatozoa. The aim of this study was to develop an HZA for stallion spermatozoa and to investigate a possible relationship between fertility and the outcome of the HZA in this species. Equine oocytes were obtained from ovaries collected at a(More)
The serological definition of the HLA-DRw6 specificity has been complicated by the lack of monospecific reagents. During the 8th International Histocompatibility Workshop several subspecificities of DRw6 were proposed. In the present study we have reanalysed the reactions of 8th Workshop and local sera in families and homozygous typing cells. These studies(More)
Serological and oligonucleotide typing was performed on a number of HLA-DR2-positive cells from different ethnic origin, including DR2 haplotypes with various DQ associations. Exons 2 of DRB1 and DRB5 of DR2-positive individuals were locus-specific amplified and hybridized with a number of different oligonucleotides capable of discriminating between the(More)
A PCR for the detection of Taylorella equigenitalis, the causative agent of contagious equine metritis, was developed and evaluated. A genus-specific primer-probe set was derived from the 16S ribosomal DNA sequences. The PCR was specific and amplified a 585-bp product from all 64 available T. equigenitalis isolates. This PCR product hybridized with a(More)