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Neopterin values in selected groups of normal animals.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Research in Veterinary Science
0034-5288
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
65
Issue
1
Pages
87–88
Identifiers
PMID: 9769080
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

To establish baseline information on neopterin concentrations in livestock, companion and laboratory animals and identify the factors that may influence these concentrations, blood samples were taken from normal dairy cattle, horses, llamas, dogs, cats and rats of varying ages and sexes. In addition, neopterin concentrations in normal, adult equines were compared with those found in racing Thoroughbreds. There were no differences due to sex, sexual maturity, pregnancy, castration, or age. For all ages and sexes combined, mean neopterin concentrations were significantly lower in llamas (2.27+/-0.33 nmol litre(-1)) and rats (2.13+/-0.21 nmol litre(-1)) when compared with the other species tested. Racing Thoroughbreds demonstrated higher neopterin values than adult equines not in training (3.54+/-0.64 vs 3.13+/-1.02 nmol litre(-1)).

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