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OBJECTIVE To assess 2 human ELISA kits for measurement of angiopoietin-1 and -2 concentrations in canine plasma samples, determine whether plasma angiopoeitin-2 concentration differed between septic and healthy dogs, and determine the effect of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) stimulation on angiopoeitin-2 release from primary canine aortic endothelial cells (pCAECs) in vitro.

ANIMALS 10 healthy dogs and 10 septic dogs.

PROCEDURES Human angiopoietin-1 and -2 ELISAs were used to detect recombinant canine angiopoietins-1 and -2 in canine plasma samples. The angiopoietin-2 ELISA was further validated by use of plasma samples from healthy and septic dogs and supernatants of pCAEC cultures. Associations between plasma angiopoeitin-2 and C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations were examined.

RESULTS Angiopoeitin-2 but not angiopoeitin-1 was detected in canine plasma samples by the respective ELISAs. The angiopoeitin-2 ELISA had excellent dilutional linearity, parallelism, accuracy, precision, and reproducibility for measurements in canine plasma samples and pCAEC supernatants. Plasma angiopoeitin-2 concentration was significantly higher in septic dogs (median, 25.5 ng/mL) than in healthy dogs (median, 6.7 ng/mL) and was positively correlated with plasma CRP concentration (R 2 = 0.60). Stimulation of pCAECs with TNF-α resulted in a significant increase in supernatant angiopoietin-2 concentration.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE The tested human angiopoietin-2 ELISA kit was useful for measuring angiopoietin-2 concentrations in canine plasma samples and pCAEC supernatants. Sepsis appeared to increase angiopoietin-2 concentration in dogs in vivo, whereas TNF-α stimulation caused release of angiopoietin-2 from pCAECs in vitro. These findings support the use of angiopoietin-2 as a marker of endothelial cell activation and inflammation in dogs.

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To establish an ELISA for detection of serum total IgE concentration in dogs and to analyze IgE values in a dog colony.


147 healthy Beagles (31 males and 116 females).


2 canine IgE-specific polyclonal antibodies elicited by 2 recombinant fragments of the epsilon chain in hens were used to develop a capture ELISA specific for serum total IgE concentration. The IgE values were calculated by comparing serum dose-response curves (1:50 to 1:6,400) with a reference serum pool assigned 100 relative ELISA units (REU).


Mean IgE concentration in female Beagles was 51.2 REU (range, 0 to 337.8 REU; median, 31.4 REU), whereas mean IgE concentration in male dogs was only 7.5 REU (range, 0 to 32.6 REU; mean, 3.6 REU). Distribution of IgE values was skewed; approximately 80% of dogs had IgE values < 50 REU. Analysis of natural logarithmically transformed IgE values indicated that sex and age significantly (P < 0.05) influenced IgE values; mean serum IgE values increased until the age of 4 years. Heritability estimates of IgE concentration indicated a trend toward a genetic influence.


A reliable capture ELISA specific for canine IgE was developed. Serum total IgE values vary with age and sex in the sample population.

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Serum total IgE concentration can now be evaluated in various dog breeds and, subsequently, in dogs with IgE-mediated diseases provided that these significant influences are accounted for. Serum total IgE values may then prove to be of diagnostic value, similar to their use in human beings. (Am J Vet Res 1999;60:93–97)

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