Melissa A Claus

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The purpose of this study was to clarify whether cats have a colostral and milk phase of lactation differentiated by concentrations of immunoglobulins, and whether colostrum ingestion by newborn kittens is essential for optimal transfer of passive immunity. Milk from specific pathogen-free queens was analyzed for IgG and IgA concentrations from parturition(More)
Because of the paucity of literature reports about cardiac operations in renal-transplant patients we performed a retrospective study encompassing all such patients operated upon in our institution in 1993 and 1994. During this time 5 renal transplant patients underwent cardiac surgical procedures between 1 and 9 years after transplantation: in 4 patients(More)
Temporal control of site-specific recombination is commonly achieved by using a tamoxifen-inducible form of Cre or Flp recombinases. Although powerful protocols of induction have been developed for gene inactivation at adult stages or during embryonic development, induction of recombination at late gestational or early postnatal stages is still difficult to(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the clinical course, treatment, and outcome of a dog with propylene glycol intoxication. CASE SUMMARY An adult castrated male Australian cattle dog presented to an emergency clinic for an acute onset of ataxia and disorientation after roaming a construction site unsupervised. He tested positive for ethylene glycol using a(More)
End-stage renal failure is commonly considered a significant factor for an increased risk after coronary artery bypass grafting. This holds true for patients who have received a kidney transplant (NTX group) as well as for patients who require chronic hemodialysis (HD group). To assess the risk in our population we performed a retrospective analysis of 22(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare biochemical parameters, neurologic changes, length of hospital stay, and clinical improvement in 3 groups of cats with diabetic ketosis/diabetic ketoacidosis (DK/DKA) prescribed varied doses of regular insulin as a continuous rate of infusion (CRI). DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING University teaching hospital. ANIMALS(More)
OBJECTIVE To measure changes in interleukin-8 (IL-8), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) concentrations in stored canine packed RBCs (PRBCs) over time and assess the effect of leukoreduction on these cytokine concentrations. ANIMALS 12 anesthetized healthy Greyhounds. PROCEDURES 1 unit of whole blood from each dog was processed into(More)
Multiple-dose pharmacokinetics of teicoplanin, a glycopeptide antibiotic against gram-positive infections, were studied in 9 chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients and in 7 patients with an acute renal failure (ARF) treated by continuous veno-venous hemodialysis (CVVHD). After a loading dose of 800 mg i.v. the 400 mg maintenance doses were administered(More)
Primary hypertension is associated with a lack in renal kallikrein activity which might be one of the reasons for the blood pressure elevation. Some smaller and partially uncontrolled studies suggested that an oral substitution of glandular kallikrein lowers blood pressure by a kinin-mediated vasodilation and increased natriuresis. To test this hypothesis(More)