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Introduction: Breed predisposition to cutaneous mast cell tumours (MCT) in a population of dogs in Poland affected by various skin tumours was assessed, and the distribution of MCT characteristics such as histological grading, sex, age, and location, in predisposed breeds was evaluated.

Material and Methods: The retrospective epidemiological study included 550 dogs affected by cutaneous MCTs with a reference group of 2,557 dogs diagnosed with other skin tumours.

Results: A univariable logistic regression analysis was performed to determine the odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals. The risk of high-grade MCTs was the highest for Shar-Peis (OR: 26.394) and American Staffordshire Terriers (OR: 2.897). Boxers (OR: 6.619), Labrador Retrievers (OR: 2.630), French Bulldogs (OR: 2.050), Golden Retrievers (OR: 1.949), and American Staffordshire Terriers (OR: 2.592) were mainly affected by low-grade MCTs. The high risk of MCT was calculated to be at the age of 4–6 years for Labrador Retrievers (OR: 2.686) and 7–10 years for Boxers (OR: 2.956) and French Bulldogs (OR: 9.429). MCTs were significantly more often located on the trunk in French Bulldogs (OR: 4.680), American Staffordshire Terriers (OR: 2.520), and Labrador Retrievers (OR: 1.948). There was no statistically significant correlation between gender and the occurrence of MCTs in the breeds.

Conclusions: The breed-predicated differences in the clinical course of MCTs suggest a genetic background for the tumours.


Diffuse cutaneous mastocytosis was diagnosed in a 6-year-old, indoor, neutered female domestic European shorthair cat. Marked pruritus located mainly on the head and neck was noticed in the cat and in this area the animal had developed alopecia, crusts, and plaques. Histologically, monomorphic mast cells were found in the superficial dermis and around the hair follicles. Mast cells were well differentiated, with central nuclei and granular cytoplasm, with metachromatic granules which stained positively with Toluidine blue stain. The animal was successfully treated with oclacitinib at a dose of 1 mg/kg, twice a day per os.


Introduction: Apocrine sweat gland carcinomas (ASGCs) are malignant neoplasms of dogs and other animals, rarely reported worldwide. The aim of this study was to summarise the occurrence of this cancer in a population of dogs in Poland between 2009 and 2014 with regards to histological features and body location of the tumours, as well as age, sex and breed of the cancer-affected dogs.

Material and Methods: The study involved 40 canine ASGC cases diagnosed in five national veterinary pathology laboratories. The material was processed according to routine histological methods.

Results: Histological types of the tumours involved simple and complex apocrine carcinoma of cystic/papillary (62.5%), solid (15%), and tubular type (12.5%), as well as apocrine ductal carcinoma (10%). The epidemiological analysis revealed peak incidence of the cancer in dogs between 8 and 14 years of age, with the most commonly affected sites being forelimbs and thorax. The highest number of the cancer cases was diagnosed in mixed breed dogs and German Shepherds; no sex predilection was noted.

Conclusion: To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report recounting the study on canine malignant apocrine sweat gland tumours in Poland providing detailed phenotypical and histological data, which are otherwise rarely described in veterinary literature. This type of cancer appears to be diagnosed more frequently in dogs than in humans. Being an easily accessible material for research, canine ASGCs might serve as a relevant animal model for studies related to pathogenesis of sweat gland tumours.


The aim of the study was to find associations between the process of neoplastic transformation and mtDNA mutations/polymorphisms, i.e. factors with potential prognostic significance, and to determine their impact on the biochemical properties, as well as structural, and functional properties of proteins. Blood and neoplastic tissue samples were collected from a 9-year-old Labrador dog with a diagnosed malignant mammary tumour. Next-generation genome sequencing (NGS) of the entire mitochondrial genome was performed using Illumina technology, and bioinformatics analyses were carried out. This is the first report demonstrating the application of NGS in the analysis of the canine mtDNA genome in neoplastic disease. The proposed strategy is innovative and promising. For the first time in the literature, the sequence of 29 genes was analysed to determine their association with the prevalence of tumour. In total, 32 polymorphic loci and 15 mutations were identified. For the first time, as many as 24 polymorphisms and all the mutations have been described to be associated with the neoplastic process in dogs. Most polymorphisms/mutations were found in the D-loop (31% of the polymorphisms and 93% of the mutations) and the COX1 gene sequence (16% of the polymorphisms). Blood or cancer heteroplasmy was noted in 93% of the mutations. Four of the 18 polymorphisms detected in the protein-coding genes were non-synonymous polymorphisms that have not been described in the literature so far (m.T7593C in COX2, m.G8807A in COX3, m.A9911G in ND4L, and m.T13299A in ND5) but resulted in changes in amino acids in proteins. These mutations and polymorphisms can affect mitochondrial functions and may be a result of cell adaptation to the changes in the environment occurring during carcinogenesis. The replacement of “wild type” mtDNA by a mutated molecule may be an important phenomenon accompanying carcinogenesis.


Recent studies have demonstrated a significant role of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) defects in the pathogenesis of many human and some canine tumours. The aim of this study was to identify mutations in the ND2 and ND4 mitochondrial genes in canine mast cell tumours and determine their association with the process of neoplastic transformation and the phenotypic traits of dogs. In total, 136 gene sequences from 68 biological samples, including blood and neoplastic tissue samples from 34 dogs with diagnosed MCTs, were analysed. The study consisted in DNA sequencing of the ND2 and ND4 genes as well as bioinformatics and statistical analyses. For the first time, mutations in NADH-dehydrogenase genes were detected in dogs with MCTs. In total, 22 polymorphic loci and 19 mutations in the ND2 and ND4 genes were identified. The majority of the identified mutations were homoplasmic, and tumour heteroplasmy was detected in eight nucleotide positions in three dogs. Seven of the ND2 mutations and two of the ND4 mutations caused an amino acid change. The changes in non-synonymous protein-coding SNPs did not exert an adverse effect on proteins. A statistically significant correlation of the presence of mutations/polymorphisms with the sex, age, and size of the dogs and the tumour location was demonstrated. Polymorphisms and mutations in NADH-dehydrogenase genes, including mastocyte-specific changes, in canine mast cell tumours that had not been reported earlier in the literature were identified. Some of these changes may imply that these are the hotspot mutations in canine mast cell tumours. It cannot be excluded that the molecular changes are directly associated with the development of mast cell tumours, and further investigations are needed to verify whether they can become molecular markers of MCTs in the future.



Methimazole-induced hypothyroidism is a clinical problem in the treatment of hyperthyroidism in people and animals and is an example of metabolic disease that can lead to fertility disorders and can give elastographic testicular changes.

Material and Methods

Ultrasound elastography using the Esaote MyLab Twice ultrasound system and a morphological examination of testes were performed in seven methimazole-administered (group E) and seven healthy rats (group C).


The elasticity ratio of strains in the scrotal wall of the near-field test area to testicular tissue (ELX-T-RAT) and hardness percentage of strained tissues in the defined area of a testicle (ELX-T%HRD) in group E were statistically significantly lower than in group C. The degree of spermatogenesis was statistically significantly higher in group E than in group C and similarly seminiferous tubule diameters in group E were statistically significantly higher than in group C. Body weight and testicular weight in group E were statistically significantly lower than in group C.


Changes in the elastographical parameters of testes may result from disorders secondary to hypothyroidism. The usefulness of elastography is noteworthy in the case of evaluation of testis function in patients with some metabolic disorders.


The aim of this study was to identify mutations in the D-loop region of mtDNA in head, neck, and limb tumours in dogs, and determination of their relationship with the process of neoplastic transformation. Blood and tumour tissue samples from 19 dogs with diagnosed sporadic malignant tumours were analysed. DNA extraction, amplification, and sequencing of the mtDNA D-loop, and bioinformatic analyses were performed. Five mutations and 19 polymorphisms were observed in 68.42% of all tumours. Polymorphic variants were noted in 42.86% of the head and neck tumours and in 58.33% of the limb tumours. Mutations were observed in 21.05% of dogs. The mutations were found in 28.57% of the head and neck tumours and in 16.66% of the limb tumours. The mutations were identified in 50% of the studied epithelial cancers. In the mesenchymal tumours, no mutations in the D-loop region were observed. Mitochondrial haplotype A17 was found in over 40% cases of limb tumours. No association between the age, breed, sex, type of tumour, and detected polymorphic variants were observed. Different mutational changes in the D-loop sequences of mtDNA identified in the blood and tumour tissues may indicate a relationship between the type of tumour and individual changes in the D-loop nucleotide sequences of mtDNA.


The research carried out at a mink farm aimed to determine the effect of blood plasma supplemented diet applied at the period preparing mink for reproduction on the animal organism. The studies included four groups of mink. The control group received a non-supplemented diet, while the experimental groups had feed with additive of 0.5%, 1.5%, and 2.5% of beef-pork plasma in the daily feed ration. The pathomorphological and immunohistochemical evaluation was performed on the liver, kidneys, lymph nodes, spleen, and bowel from all the groups. Pathomorphological and immunohistochemical changes of various intensity were observed in the examined organs from all experimental groups.