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Dogs originated more than 14,000 BP, but the location(s) where they first arose is uncertain. The earliest archeological evidence of ancient dogs was discovered in Europe and the Middle East, some 5-7 millennia before that from Southeast Asia. However, mitochondrial DNA analyses suggest that most modern dogs derive from Southeast Asia, which has fueled the(More)
Modern genetic samples are commonly used to trace dog origins, which entails untested assumptions that village dogs reflect indigenous ancestry or that breed origins can be reliably traced to particular regions. We used high-resolution Y chromosome markers (SNP and STR) and mitochondrial DNA to analyze 495 village dogs/dingoes from the Middle East and(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of proteolytic enzymes that play a central role in degradation of protein components of the extracellular matrix and basement membrane. Previous studies have shown that MMP-2 and MMP-9 are present in human seminal plasma, but there is little information available on the presence of MMPs in canine seminal plasma.(More)
Encephalitozoon cuniculi (E. cuniculi) is a microsporidian parasite commonly found in rabbits that can infect humans, causing encephalitozoonosis. Our laboratory recently confirmed the first case of encephalitozoonosis in a rabbit in Taiwan; the prevalence of encephalitozoonosis is not well documented, even when many clinics suspect pet rabbits as being(More)
Sperm acrosome reaction (AR) is a prerequisite step for in vivo fertilization. In the vicinity of the oocyte, zona protein(s) (ZP) and progesterone (P4), a component of follicular fluid, are proven to be responsible for physiological AR induction. In the present study, a thorough analysis of the role of the progesterone receptor (PR) in this processing(More)
The present study was conducted to characterise and localise the progesterone receptor (PR) on canine spermatozoa. Using a progesterone-bovine serum albumin-fluorescein isothiocyanate conjugate (PBF) and different monoclonal antibodies (C262 and NCL-PGR against the steroid binding domain and N-terminus of intracellular PR, respectively, and h151 against the(More)
The integrity of sperm progesterone (P4) receptor(s) and its response to steroid stimulation might be crucial for the maintenance of sperm fertilizing ability after cryopreservation. The aim of the current investigation was to study the effect of cryo-procedures on canine sperm P4 receptor(s). In addition, alteration of P4 receptor(s) at the molecular level(More)
This study investigates the efficacy of five extenders in contributing to the outcome of semen cryopreservation in Formosan Sika and Sambar deer. Pooled semen (n=4) of six males of each breed was used. In Sika deer, semen collection rate was 96% (23/24) over all electro-ejaculations. Volume, sperm motility and sperm concentration of fresh ejaculates was(More)
The current study aimed to investigate the effects of different concentrations of glycerol (0%, 1%, 2%, 3%, and 5%) and dimethylacetamide (DMA: 0%, 1%, 3%, and 5%) on post-sperm quality characteristics following semen freezing in dry ice (D) or liquid nitrogen (N). Semen was collected from Duroc boars and was allocated to 32 treatment groups for(More)
A two-day-old female Toggenburg goat with thoracic ectopia cordis (EC) was diagnosed via radiography and computed tomography. The goat was born with EC, defects of the sternum and a supra-umbilical abdominal wall, but without the presence of Cantrell's syndrome. Necropsy and histopathological findings indicated the affected kid had malformation of the heart(More)