Changes in cardiac biomarkers in goats naturally affected by pregnancy toxemia

The objective of this study was to investigate possible myocardial damage in goats affected with PT by the determination of serum myocardial enzyme cTnI and CK-MB. A total of 44 goats affected with PT, and 10 apparently healthy goats (control group or CG) were used in the study. In goats with PT, the serum concentrations of cTnI (0.43 ng/mL) were significantly higher than that in CG goats (0.06 ng/mL). Although CK-MB showed no significant difference, it was approximately three times higher in animals with PT. The serum concentrations of insulin were significantly lower in PT goats (5.03 ppmol/L) compared to CG goats (10.66 pmol/L). The serum concentrations of cortisol in PT goats (155.41 nmol/L) were significantly higher than that in CG goats (36.58 nmol/L). Results of this study indicate that a clinically significant myocardial damage might occur in goats affected with PT leading to significant elevations in values of cTnI and CK-MB. Therefore, these parameters could be used as a potential diagnostic and prognostic indicator in goats affected with this important disease.
Source: Research in Veterinary Science - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research

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