Recent Submissions

  • In vitro and whole animal evidence that methylmercury disrupts GABAergic systems in discrete brain regions in captive mink 

    Basu, Niladri, Anton M. Scheuhammer, Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt, R. Douglas Evans, et al. 2010. "In vitro and whole animal evidence that methylmercury disrupts GABAergic systems in discrete brain regions in captive mink." Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C Toxicology & Pharmacology 151(3): 379-385.
    The effects of mercury (Hg) on key components of the GABAergic system were evaluated in discrete brain regions of captive juvenile male American mink (Neovison vison) using in vitro and in vivo (whole animal) experimental ...
  • Variation of cholinergic biomarkers in brain regions and blood components of captive mink 

    Basu, Niladri, Anton Scheuhammer, Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt, Nicole Grochowina, et al. 2010. "Variation of cholinergic biomarkers in brain regions and blood components of captive mink." Environmental monitoring and assessment 162(1-4): 377-386.
    Studies are increasingly using cholinergic parameters as biomarkers of early neurotoxicity, but few have characterized this system in ecologically relevant model organisms. In the present study, key neurochemicals in the ...
  • Near-infrared evaluation of wet mink diets. 

    White, Margot, and Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt. 2004. "Near-infrared evaluation of wet mink diets.." Animal Feed Science and Technology 111(1-4): 239-246.
    Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is a relatively new technology in the determination of chemical constituents in compound (complete) feeds. The current paper reports on the application of NIRS to the measurement of dry ...
  • Mink as a sentinel species in environmental health 

    Basu, Niladri, Anton M. Scheuhammer, Steven J. Bursian, John Elliott, et al. 2007. "Mink as a sentinel species in environmental health." Environmental research 103(1): 130-144.
  • Metabolism of dietary cetoleic acid (22 : 1n-11) in mink (Mustela vison) and gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) studied using radiolabeled fatty acids 

    Cooper, Margaret H., Sara J. Iverson, and Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt. 2006. "Metabolism of dietary cetoleic acid (22 : 1n-11) in mink (Mustela vison) and gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) studied using radiolabeled fatty acids." Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 79(4): 820-829.
    Cetoleic acid (22:1n-11) is a good indicator of diet in marine predators and has proven to be an important fatty acid (FA) when using adipose tissue FA composition to study diet in marine mammals and seabirds. Feeding ...
  • Molecular characterization of the Himalayan mink 

    Benkel, Bernhard F., Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt, Hossain Farid, and Razvan Anistoroaei. 2009. "Molecular characterization of the Himalayan mink." Mammalian Genome 20(4): 256-259.
    A rare color variant of the American mink (Neovison vison), discovered on a ranch in Nova Scotia and referred to as the "marbled" variety, carries a distinctive pigment distribution pattern resembling that found in some ...
  • The effects of mercury on muscarinic cholinergic receptor subtypes (M1 and M2) in captive mink 

    Basu, Niladri, Anton M. Scheuhammer, Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt, R. Douglas Evans, et al. 2008. "The effects of mercury on muscarinic cholinergic receptor subtypes (M1 and M2) in captive mink." Neurotoxicology (Amsterdam) 29(2): 328-334.
    A combination of in vitro (competitive binding assays) and in vivo (tissues from animals exposed to dietary methyl mercury, MeHg) experimental procedures was employed to assess the effects of mercury (MeHg, HgCl2) on the ...
  • Decreased N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor levels are associated with mercury exposure in wild and captive mink 

    Basu, Niladri, Anton M. Scheuhammer, Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt, Nicole Grochowina, et al. 2007. "Decreased N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor levels are associated with mercury exposure in wild and captive mink." Neurotoxicology (Amsterdam) 28(3): 587-593.
  • The mink is still a reliable sentinel species in environmental health 

    Basu, Niladri, Jessica Head, Anton M. Scheuhammer, Steven J. Bursian, et al. 2009. "The mink is still a reliable sentinel species in environmental health." Environmental research 109(7): 940-941.
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  • Fatty acid profiles and relative mobilization during fasting in adipose tissue depots of the American marten (Martes americana) 

    Nieminen, Petteri, Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt, Danielle Collins, Judy Grant, et al. 2006. "Fatty acid profiles and relative mobilization during fasting in adipose tissue depots of the American marten (Martes americana)." Lipids 41(3): 231-240.
    The American marten (Martes americana) is a boreal forest marten with low body adiposity but high metabolic rate. The study describes the FA composition in white adipose tissue depots of the species and the influence of ...
  • Molecular evolution of adiponectin in Carnivora and its mRNA expression in relation to hepatic lipidosis 

    Nieminen, Petteri, Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt, Suvi Kapiainen, Lora Harris, et al. 2010. "Molecular evolution of adiponectin in Carnivora and its mRNA expression in relation to hepatic lipidosis." General and comparative endocrinology 168(3): 307-311.
    Adiponectin is a novel adipocyte-derived hormone with low circulating concentrations and/or mRNA expression in obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The adiponectin mRNA of several Carnivora species was ...
  • Physiological adaptations to prolonged fasting in the overwintering striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) 

    Mustonen, Anne-Mari, Jeff Bowman, Carrie Sadowski, Larissa A. Nituch, et al. 2013. "Physiological adaptations to prolonged fasting in the overwintering striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)." Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A Molecular & Integrative Physiology 166(4): 555-563.
    Wintertime physiology of captive striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) in response to cold ambient temperature (T-a) and fasting was investigated with body temperature (T-b) and activity recordings and analyses of hematology, ...
  • Response to Fasting in an Unnaturally Obese Carnivore, the Captive European Polecat Mustela putorius 

    Mustonen, Anne-Mari, Matti Puukka, Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt, Jari Aho, et al. 2009. "Response to Fasting in an Unnaturally Obese Carnivore, the Captive European Polecat Mustela putorius." Experimental Biology and Medicine (Maywood) 234(11): 1287-1295.
    The European polecat (Mustela putorius) is a naturally lean carnivore prone to excessive weight gain in captivity. This study assessed its suitability to investigate the natural history of the obese phenotype displayed in ...
  • Fatty Acid Composition and Development of Hepatic Lipidosis During Food Deprivation-Mustelids as a Potential Animal Model for Liver Steatosis 

    Nieminen, Petteri, Anne-Mari Mustonen, Vesa Karja, Juha Asikainen, et al. 2009. "Fatty Acid Composition and Development of Hepatic Lipidosis During Food Deprivation-Mustelids as a Potential Animal Model for Liver Steatosis." Experimental Biology and Medicine (Maywood) 234(3): 278-286.
    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome characterized by asymptomatic hepatic steatosis. It is present in most cases of human obesity but also caused e.g., by rapid ...
  • Fasting in the American marten (Martes americana): a physiological model of the adaptations of a lean-bodied animal 

    Nieminen, Petteri, Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt, Seppo Saarela, and Anne-Mari Mustonen. 2007. "Fasting in the American marten (Martes americana): a physiological model of the adaptations of a lean-bodied animal." Journal of Comparative Physiology B Biochemical Systemic and Environmental Physiology 177(7): 787-795.
    The American marten (Martes americana) is a boreal forest marten with low body adiposity throughout the year. The aim of this study was to investigate the adaptations of this lean-bodied species to fasting for an ecologically ...
  • Nursing sickness in the mink: A metabolic mystery or a familiar foe? 

    Rouvinen-Watt, Kirsti. 2003. "Nursing sickness in the mink: A metabolic mystery or a familiar foe?." Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research 67(3): 161-168.
    Nursing sickness, the largest single cause of mortality in adult female mink (Mustela vison), is an example of a metabolic disorder, which develops when the demands for lactation require extensive mobilization of body ...
  • Observations on thermoregulatory ontogeny of mink (Mustela vison) 

    Rouvinen-Watt, Kirsti, and Mikko Harri. 2001. "Observations on thermoregulatory ontogeny of mink (Mustela vison)." Journal of thermal biology 26(1): 9-14.
    (1) We measured cooling rate for neonatal mink during a 10 min coldroom (3.9degreeC) exposure and subsequent warming rate during a 20 min incubator (37.2degreeC) exposure, the behaviour of the kits and the changes in their ...
  • Role of hepatic de novo lipogenesis in the development of fasting-induced fatty liver in the American mink (Neovison vison) 

    Rouvinen-Watt, Kirsti, Lora Harris, Morag Dick, Catherine Pal, et al. 2012. "Role of hepatic de novo lipogenesis in the development of fasting-induced fatty liver in the American mink (Neovison vison)." British Journal of Nutrition 108(8): 1360-1370.
    American mink (Neovison vison) develop fatty liver quickly in response to food deprivation, which results in preferential mobilisation of n-3 PUFA. The altered n-3:n-6 PUFA ratio in the liver may activate the endocannabinoid ...
  • Manifestations of Fasting-Induced Fatty Liver and Rapid Recovery from Steatosis in Voles Fed Lard or Flaxseed Oil Lipids 

    Mustonen, Anne-Mari, Vesa Karja, Michael Kilpio, Raija Tammi, et al. 2013. "Manifestations of Fasting-Induced Fatty Liver and Rapid Recovery from Steatosis in Voles Fed Lard or Flaxseed Oil Lipids." Nutrients 5(10): 4211-4230.
    Long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) can have beneficial effects against fat deposition, cardiovascular diseases, and liver steatosis. We investigated how diets based on lard (predominantly saturated and ...
  • Rapid Development of Fasting-Induced Hepatic Lipidosis in the American Mink (Neovison vison): Effects of Food Deprivation and Re-Alimentation on Body Fat Depots, Tissue Fatty Acid Profiles, Hematology and Endocrinology 

    Rouvinen-Watt, Kirsti, Anne-Mari Mustonen, Rebecca Conway, Catherine Pal, et al. 2010. "Rapid Development of Fasting-Induced Hepatic Lipidosis in the American Mink (Neovison vison): Effects of Food Deprivation and Re-Alimentation on Body Fat Depots, Tissue Fatty Acid Profiles, Hematology and Endocrinology." Lipids 45(2): 111-128.
    Hepatic lipidosis is a common pathological finding in the American mink (Neovison vison) and can be caused by nutritional imbalance due to obesity or rapid body weight loss. The objectives of the present study were to ...

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