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Development of a pregnancy-specific reference material for thyroid biomarkers, vitamin D, and nutritional trace elements in serum

October 24, 2020
Author(s)
Ashley Russell, Lisa Kilpatrick, Carolyn Burdette, Denise S. Tevis, Zachary A. Fultz, Michael Nelson, Jeff M. Jarrett, Stephen A. Wise, Brittany Kassim, Stephen E. Long
Background Concentrations of critical metabolites, hormones, and nutritional elements change significantly throughout pregnancy. Therefore, increased matrix complexity is a challenge for the measurement of these biomarkers. To provide a quality assurance

New Insights into Female Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Reproductive Endocrinology Revealed by Steroid Hormone Profile Analysis

February 20, 2020
Author(s)
Greta Dalle Luche, Ashley Russell, John Kucklick, Jasmin Gross, Darryl Hawker, Susan Bengston Nash
The blubber steroid hormone profiles of 52 female humpback whales migrating along the east coast of Australia were investigated for possible seasonal endocrinological changes associated with reproduction. Individuals were randomly sampled in southeast

Blubber steroid hormone profiles as indicators of physiological state in free-ranging common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

January 1, 2020
Author(s)
Thomas M. Galligan, Ashley Russell, Brian C. Balmer, Teresa Rowles, Cynthia Smith, Forrest Townsend, Randall Wells, Nicholas Kellar, Eric Zolman, Lori Schwacke
Assessing endocrine health in free-ranging marine mammals can be difficult due to limited access to blood samples, which is the most commonly used sample matrix for endocrine assessment in wildlife. Blubber contains steroid hormones and can be collected

Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for the quantitation of steroid hormone profiles in blubber from stranded humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

July 30, 2019
Author(s)
Greta Dalle Luche, Susan Bengston Nash, John Kucklick, Fletcher M. Mingramm, Ashley Russell
Marine mammal blubber is known to have quantifiable concentrations of steroid hormones and is increasingly chosen as a matrix for the detection of these reproductive and stress biomarkers. Steroid hormones act through complex cascades, often in concert

Remote blubber sampling paired with liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for steroidal endocrinology in free-ranging bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

June 11, 2019
Author(s)
Ashley S. Boggs-Russell, Jared M. Ragland, Eric Zolman, Tracey B. Schock, Jeanine S. Morey, Thomas M. Galligan, Greta Dalle Luche, Brian C. Balmer, Randall S. Wells, John R. Kucklick, Lori Schwacke
Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry allows for the measurement of steroid hormone suites in the blubber of marine mammals. By combining this technology with minimally invasive techniques such as remote biopsy, endocrine profiles can be assessed

Examining the Relationships Between Blubber Steroid Hormone and Persistent Organic Pollutant Measurements in Common Bottlenose Dolphins

March 24, 2019
Author(s)
Thomas M. Galligan, Brian C. Balmer, Lori Schwacke, Jennie L. Bolton, Brian M. Quigley, Patricia Rosel, Gina M. Ylitalo, Ashley Russell
In this study, we use remotely collected blubber samples from common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) inhabiting the waters near a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site with high local DDx concentrations, to study the impacts of DDx

Characterization of Circulating Steroid Hormone Profiles in the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

July 1, 2018
Author(s)
Thomas M. Galligan, Lori Schwacke, Dorian S. Houser, Randall Wells, Teresa Rowles, Ashley Russell
Circulating steroid hormone concentrations are typically measured by immunoassays, which have imperfect specificity and are limited to the measurement of a single hormone per assay. Here we demonstrate that reverse phase solid phase extraction (SPE)

Evidence for cortisol-cortisone metabolism by marine mammal blubber

June 21, 2018
Author(s)
Thomas M. Galligan, Lori Schwacke, Wayne E. McFee, Ashley Russell
Blubber, a specialized form of adipose tissue in marine mammals, has been identified as a useful matrix for the assessment of steroid hormone homeostasis in cetaceans. However, blubber cortisol measurements are not quantitatively predictive of circulating

Rapid and reliable steroid hormone profiling in Tursiops truncatus blubber using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

June 1, 2017
Author(s)
Ashley S. Boggs-Russell, Tracey B. Schock, Thomas M. Galligan, Wayne E. McFee, Jeanine S. Morey, Lori Schwacke, John R. Kucklick
Monitoring of marine mammal steroid hormone status using matrices alternative to blood is desirable due to the ability to remotely collect samples which minimizes stress. However, measurement techniques in alternative matrices such as blubber described to

Integrative and comparative reproductive biology: From alligators to xenobiotics

November 1, 2016
Author(s)
Ashley S. Boggs-Russell, John Bowden, Abby G. Wenzel, Satomi Kohno, Heather J. Hamlin, Lori Cruze, Krista A. McCoy, Alison M. Roark, Thea M. Edwards, Theresa M. Cantu, Jessica A. Cloy-McCoy, Nicole A. McNabb, Cameron E. Williams
Dr. Louis J. Guillette Jr. thought of himself as a reproductive biologist. However, his interest in reproductive biology transcended organ systems, life history stages, species, and environmental contexts. His integrative and collaborative nature led to

Investigation of a Portable Lipid-Based Analyzer for On-Site Detection of Pansteatitis in the Whole Blood of Healthy and Diseased Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)

May 16, 2016
Author(s)
John Bowden, Stephen E. Somerville, Theresa M. Cantu, Matthew P. Guillette, Hannes Botha, Ashley S. Boggs-Russell, Wilmien Luus-Powell
While no pansteatitis-related large-scale mortality events have occurred since 2008, the current status of pansteatitis (presence and pervasiveness) in the Olifants River system and other regions of South Africa remains unknown. In part, this is due to

Predictive Blood Chemistry Parameters for Pansteatitis-Affected Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)

April 26, 2016
Author(s)
John Bowden, Theresa M. Cantu, Robert W. Chapman, Stephen E. Somerville, Matthew P. Guillette, Hannes Botha, Andre Hoffman, Wilmien Luus-Powell, Willem J. Smit, Jeffrey Lebepe, Jan Myburgh, Danny Govender, Jonathan Tucker, Louis J. Guillette Jr., Ashley S. Boggs-Russell
One of the largest river systems in South Africa, the Olifants River, has witnessed significant changes in water quality due to anthropogenic activities. Since 2005, there have been various “outbreaks” of the inflammatory disease pansteatitis in several

Urinary iodine and stable isotope analysis to examine habitat influences on thyroid hormones among coastal dwelling American alligators

December 9, 2015
Author(s)
Ashley S. Boggs-Russell, Heather J. Hamlin, James C. Nifong, Brittany L. Kassim, Russell H. Lowers, Thomas M. Galligan, Stephen E. Long, Louis J. Guillette Jr.
The American alligator, a freshwater species, is known to forage in marine environments which could lead to increased dietary uptake of iodine, a nutrient necessary for the production of thyroid hormones. To explore the influence of dietary iodine on