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Prevalence of mycoplasmas in the semen and vaginal swabs of Danish stallions and mares.
Vet Microbiol. 2007 Mar 31; 121(1-2):138-43.VM

Abstract

The reproduction rate of horses is one of the lowest within domestic livestock despite advances the veterinary medicine. Infertility in horses may be due mainly to the lack of suitable selection criteria in the breeding of horses. However, acquired infertility due to genital, bacterial infections may occur. Mycoplasmas have been implicated in genital disorders and infertility of many species including humans and horses. However, their role as commensals or pathogens of the genital tract of horses is still not determined. Bacteriological examinations made on the fossa glandis, urethra, penis and semen of stallions, showed the presence of different Mycoplasma species. Therefore our study aimed to find the prevalence of Mycoplasma species and a possible association with fertility problems in Danish riding horses. Eighty semen samples from stallions and 19 vaginal swab samples from mares were tested by PCR for presence of mycoplasmal DNA. The vaginal swab samples were also cultured in the Mycoplasma specific medium. None of the samples were positive for presence of genital mycoplasmas during the screen. The lack of genital mycoplasmas observed in this study may be due to a very extensive use of artificial insemination of modern sport horses.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, The Bartholin Building, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. agata@medmicro.au.dkNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17178442

Citation

Baczynska, Agata, et al. "Prevalence of Mycoplasmas in the Semen and Vaginal Swabs of Danish Stallions and Mares." Veterinary Microbiology, vol. 121, no. 1-2, 2007, pp. 138-43.
Baczynska A, Fedder J, Schougaard H, et al. Prevalence of mycoplasmas in the semen and vaginal swabs of Danish stallions and mares. Vet Microbiol. 2007;121(1-2):138-43.
Baczynska, A., Fedder, J., Schougaard, H., & Christiansen, G. (2007). Prevalence of mycoplasmas in the semen and vaginal swabs of Danish stallions and mares. Veterinary Microbiology, 121(1-2), 138-43.
Baczynska A, et al. Prevalence of Mycoplasmas in the Semen and Vaginal Swabs of Danish Stallions and Mares. Vet Microbiol. 2007 Mar 31;121(1-2):138-43. PubMed PMID: 17178442.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence of mycoplasmas in the semen and vaginal swabs of Danish stallions and mares. AU - Baczynska,Agata, AU - Fedder,Jens, AU - Schougaard,Hans, AU - Christiansen,Gunna, Y1 - 2006/11/26/ PY - 2006/06/01/received PY - 2006/11/20/revised PY - 2006/11/22/accepted PY - 2006/12/21/pubmed PY - 2007/6/5/medline PY - 2006/12/21/entrez SP - 138 EP - 43 JF - Veterinary microbiology JO - Vet Microbiol VL - 121 IS - 1-2 N2 - The reproduction rate of horses is one of the lowest within domestic livestock despite advances the veterinary medicine. Infertility in horses may be due mainly to the lack of suitable selection criteria in the breeding of horses. However, acquired infertility due to genital, bacterial infections may occur. Mycoplasmas have been implicated in genital disorders and infertility of many species including humans and horses. However, their role as commensals or pathogens of the genital tract of horses is still not determined. Bacteriological examinations made on the fossa glandis, urethra, penis and semen of stallions, showed the presence of different Mycoplasma species. Therefore our study aimed to find the prevalence of Mycoplasma species and a possible association with fertility problems in Danish riding horses. Eighty semen samples from stallions and 19 vaginal swab samples from mares were tested by PCR for presence of mycoplasmal DNA. The vaginal swab samples were also cultured in the Mycoplasma specific medium. None of the samples were positive for presence of genital mycoplasmas during the screen. The lack of genital mycoplasmas observed in this study may be due to a very extensive use of artificial insemination of modern sport horses. SN - 0378-1135 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17178442/Prevalence_of_mycoplasmas_in_the_semen_and_vaginal_swabs_of_Danish_stallions_and_mares_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0378-1135(06)00474-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -