Relationship between Protein Oxidation Biomarkers and Uterine Health in Dairy Cows during the Postpartum Period
AbstractHigh neutrophil (PMN, Polymorphonuclear neutrophil) counts in the endometrium of cows affected by endometritis, suggests the involvement of oxidative stress (OS) among the causes of impaired fertility. Protein oxidation, in particular, advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), are OS biomarkers linked to PMN activity. To test this hypothesis, the relationship between protein oxidation and uterus health was studied in thirty-eight dairy cows during the puerperium. The animals were found to be cycling, without any signs of disease and pharmacological treatments. PMN count was performed either through a cytobrush or a uterine horn lavage (UHL). Cows were classified into four groups, based on the uterine ultrasonographic characteristics and the PMN percentage in the uterine horns with a higher percentage of high neutrophil horn (HNH). They were classified as: Healthy (H); Subclinical Endometritis (SCE); Grade 1 Endometritis (EM1); and Grade 2 Endometritis (EM2). AOPP and carbonyls were measured in plasma and UHL. UHL samples underwent Western blot analysis to visualize the carbonyl and dityrosine formation. Plasma AOPP were higher (p < 0.05) in EM2. AOPP and carbonyl group concentrations were higher in the HNH samples (p < 0.05). Protein concentration in the UHL was higher in the EM2 (p < 0.05). Carbonyl and dityrosine formation was more intense in EM1 and EM2. Protein oxidation observed in the EM2 suggests the presence of an inflammatory status in the uterus which, if not adequately hindered, could result in low fertility. View Full-Text
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Gabai, G.; De Luca, E.; Miotto, G.; Zin, G.; Stefani, A.; Da Dalt, L.; Barberio, A.; Celi, P. Relationship between Protein Oxidation Biomarkers and Uterine Health in Dairy Cows during the Postpartum Period. Antioxidants 2019, 8, 21.
Gabai G, De Luca E, Miotto G, Zin G, Stefani A, Da Dalt L, Barberio A, Celi P. Relationship between Protein Oxidation Biomarkers and Uterine Health in Dairy Cows during the Postpartum Period. Antioxidants. 2019; 8(1):21.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gabai, Gianfranco; De Luca, Elisabetta; Miotto, Giovanni; Zin, Gianni; Stefani, Annalisa; Da Dalt, Laura; Barberio, Antonio; Celi, Pietro. 2019. "Relationship between Protein Oxidation Biomarkers and Uterine Health in Dairy Cows during the Postpartum Period." Antioxidants 8, no. 1: 21.
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