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Moreno J.,Charles III University of Madrid | Vouldoukis I.,University Pierre and Marie Curie | Martin V.,Biological R and D | McGahie D.,Virbac | And 2 more authors.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Canine leishmaniasis is an important zoonotic disease of dogs. The clinical outcome of infection is variable, with the efficiency of the immune response being the key determining factor. There is now a general consensus that a predominant Th1 immune profile in an overall mixed Th1/Th2 response is associated with resistance in dogs, and the absence of a strong Th1 influence is associated with a progression to clinical disease. As a result, there has been a growing demand for vaccines that can induce a specific, strong Th1 response. In this study, we measured the impact of a primary course of a newly available LiESP/QA-21 vaccine on selected humoral and cellular markers of the canine immune response during the onset of immunity. All vaccinated dogs developed a humoral response characterised by IgG2 production. More importantly, vaccinated dogs developed significantly stronger cell-mediated immunity responses than did control dogs. Vaccination induced specific cellular reactivity to soluble Leishmania antigens, with a Leishmania-specific lymphoproliferation (p = 0.0072), characterised by an increased population of T lymphocytes producing IFN-γ (p = 0.0021) and a significant ability of macrophages to reduce intracellular parasite burdens in vitro after co-culture with autologous lymphocytes (p = 0.0014). These responses were correlated with induction of the NOS pathway and production of NO derivatives, which has been shown to be an important leishmanicidal mechanism. These results confirm that vaccination with LiESP/QA-21 induces an appropriate Th1-profile cell-mediated response within three weeks of completing the primary course, and that this response effectively reduces the parasite load in pre-infected macrophages in vitro. © 2012 Moreno et al. Source

Goericke-Pesch S.,Justus Liebig University | Georgiev P.,Trakian University | Antonov A.,Trakian University | Albouy M.,Virbac | Wehrend A.,Justus Liebig University

The aim of the present study was to test for the efficacy of a slow release GnRH-agonist implant (4.7 mg deslorelin, Suprelorin®) in the male cat. Ten toms were implanted sc in the neck. Changes in testosterone (T) secretion, testicular size, body weight and behaviour (mounting, mating, urine marking) were monitored. T concentrations were significantly decreased (P < 0.0001) to basal levels (< 0.1 ng/mL) in 5 of 10 cats after 4 weeks and in all but one tom after 11 weeks (T < 0.1 ng/mL). In this respective tom only partial downregulation with T-values from 0.2 to 0.1 ng/mL was achieved until week 27. In weeks 28 and 32, T concentrations were below 0.1 ng/mL. Compared to pretreatment values, testicular volume was significantly decreased by about 60% in week 12 and about 73% after 36 weeks (P < 0.001). Penile spines disappeared 9.4 ± 1.0 weeks after treatment. Food intake was significantly increased during treatment period (P < 0.001). In all tomcats libido, mating behaviour and urine marking were significantly reduced (P < 0.0001) after an initial stimulation. In one tom, mating an oestrous queen on day 20 after implant administration resulted in pregnancy. Mating of another tom that had T-values between 0.1 and < 0.1 ng/mL since day 24 in week 8 revealed the presence of spermatozoa; however, this mating did not result in pregnancy.Subcutaneous implant administration was well tolerated by all tomcats without sedation or anaesthesia and no treatment related negative effects were observed.These results demonstrate the clinical efficacy of the 4.7 mg deslorelin implants (Suprelorin®) in the tom inducing all castration related effects. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. Source

Virbac | Date: 2012-08-14

A new method of controlling worm burden in ruminants by using two different injectable anthelmintics at or about the same time to increase the time between treatments and to rely on the animals immune response. One of the anthelmintics is a long acting formulation capable of providing a sustained release of abamectin or other macrocyclic lactone for 2-14 days, to enable the anthelmintic to remove or kill incoming larvae for a sufficiently long period of time to allow the host to recognise the incoming larvae as foreign, and thus allow the ruminant to mount an immune response against these incoming larvae. The other is a short acting anthelmintic such as levamisole designed to substantially eliminate the initial parasite population of adults, juveniles and larvae. They can be combined into a single injectable formulation with a high percentage of levamisole (preferably over 30% of the formulation w/v) together with about 1% w/v of a macrocyclic lactone such as abamectin, dissolved in glycerol formal.

Virbac | Date: 2013-12-19

The present invention relates to a palatable oral veterinary pharmaceutical composition consisting of an oil suspension of metronidazole and comprising metronidazole in an edible animal, vegetable or mineral oil and the use thereof for treating diarrhoea in animals, in particular giardiasis, or inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract.

The invention relates to a nutritional and medicinal oral composition for veterinary use, comprising a core of an extruded product of complete feed coated with at least one layer of fatty material, said layer of fatty material comprising at least one active substance in a microparticulate form selected from benazepril, benazeprilat and a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, said active substance being (i) pre-conditioned in the form of an oily suspension of said active substance or (ii) pre-conditioned in the form of waxy granules of said active substance.

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