Serum protein electrophoresis values for free-ranging and zoo-based koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus)

Geoffrey W. Pye, William Ellis, Sean FitzGibbon, Brian Opitz, Laura Keener, Kristopher Arheart, Carolyn Cray

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Abstract

In a clinical setting, especially with species of special interest, it is important to use all clinical pathology testing options for general health monitoring and diagnosis. Protein electrophoresis (EPH) has previously been shown to be an important adjunct tool in veterinary medicine. Serum samples from 18 free-ranging and 12 zoo-based koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) were subject to EPH analysis. Significant differences were found between the two groups for the following values: total protein, albumin, β globulins, and albumin-globulin ratio (P < 0.05). By using the combined data, the minimummaximum values for the EPH fractions were as follows: total protein 5.0-7.8 g/dl, albumin 2.8-4.7 g/dl, α-1 globulins 0.5-1.1 g/dl, α-2 globulins 0.3-0.7 g/dl, β globulins 0.4-1.0 g/dl, γ globulins 0.2-1.0 g/dl, and albumin-globulin ratio 1.0-2.1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

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Phascolarctidae
Phascolarctos cinereus
Globulins
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globulins
blood proteins
electrophoresis
Electrophoresis
Blood Proteins
albumins
Albumins
Proteins
Clinical Pathology
Veterinary Medicine
proteins
veterinary medicine
monitoring

Keywords

  • Koala
  • Phascolarctos cinereus
  • protein electrophoresis

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  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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Serum protein electrophoresis values for free-ranging and zoo-based koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). / Pye, Geoffrey W.; Ellis, William; FitzGibbon, Sean; Opitz, Brian; Keener, Laura; Arheart, Kristopher; Cray, Carolyn.

In: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Vol. 43, No. 1, 01.03.2012, p. 177-180.

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Pye, Geoffrey W. ; Ellis, William ; FitzGibbon, Sean ; Opitz, Brian ; Keener, Laura ; Arheart, Kristopher ; Cray, Carolyn. / Serum protein electrophoresis values for free-ranging and zoo-based koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus). In: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 43, No. 1. pp. 177-180.
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