Marta Amat

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Human-directed canine aggression was studied using 50 aggressive and 81 non-aggressive dogs. We examined 62 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) occurring in or in the close vicinity of 16 neurotransmitter-related genes. Allelic associations with aggression were identified for DRD1, HTR1D, HTR2C and SLC6A1. Risk or protective haplotypes for aggressive(More)
PURPOSE Polymorphisms in DNA repair genes can influence response to radiotherapy. We analyzed single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in nine DNA repair genes in 108 patients with head-and-neck cancer (HNSCC) who had received radiotherapy only. METHODS AND MATERIALS From May 1993 to December 2004, patients with Stage I and II histopathologically confirmed(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify inciting causes, alternative targets, and risk factors associated with redirected aggression in cats. DESIGN Case-control study. ANIMALS 19 cats with a history of redirected aggression and 64 cats with no such history. PROCEDURES Medical records were reviewed to identify cats evaluated for problems with redirected aggression(More)
This article describes a combination of methods--a solid-phase enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) combined with an ultramicroanalytical system (UMAS)--that can be used to measure tetanus antitoxin activity in human sera or plasma. The test, which is rapid and permits analysis of 78 samples of serum per reaction plate with a volume of 10 microL of(More)
Ensuring welfare in captive wild animal populations is important not only for ethical and legal reasons, but also to maintain healthy individuals and populations. An increased level of social behaviors such as aggression can reduce welfare by causing physical damage and chronic stress to animals. Recently, cortisol in hair has been advanced as a(More)
Domestic cats are exposed to a variety of stressful stimuli, which may have a negative effect on the cats' welfare and trigger a number of behavioural changes. Some of the stressors most commonly encountered by cats include changes in environment, inter-cat conflict, a poor human-cat relationship and the cat's inability to perform highly motivated behaviour(More)
A solid-phase enzyme immunoassay (ELISA) for measuring tetanus antitoxin activity in human serum is described; the assay is based on a combination of the indirect method and ultramicro analysis. This rapid test, which has the capacity to analyze 78 blood samples per reagent plate (at a volume of 10 microL of diluted serum per sample), is proposed as an(More)
The pig appeasing pheromone (PAP) applied in spray has shown to be effective in reducing the frequency of aggression and the stress response of young and adult pigs under experimental conditions. This preliminary experiment investigates the effect of the PAP in a slow releasing block on the behaviour and skin lesions of weaners after mixing on a commercial(More)