Journal Article Serum activities of two bone markers in captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) at different ages

Takehana, Kazuya  ,  Hatate, Kaoru  ,  Yamagishi, Norio

80 ( 1 )  , pp.63 - 67 , 2017-12 , Japanese Society of Veterinary Science
The blood biochemical analysis of bone markers could have a role in the early diagnosis of metabolic bone disease in animals; however, there is limited information on bone markers in captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). Serum samples from ten captive Asian elephants were obtained to clarify the relationship between age and the blood bone markers tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase isoform 5b (TRAP5b) and bone specific alkaline phosphatase (BALP). Serum TRAP5b and BALP activities were negatively correlated with age. A positive correlation was observed between TRAP5b activity and BALP activity. These results may contribute to the health management of captive Asian elephants. © 2018 The Japanese Society of Veterinary Science.

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