Acta Vet. Brno 2014, 83: 139-143

Contents of chemical elements in tissues of European badger (Meles meles) affected by ovarian tumour – a case report

Karel Bukovjan1, Aleš Toman2, Karel Kutlvašr3, Petr Marada4, Roman Kodet5, Petr Sláma6, Libor Křikava3

1Forestry and Game Management Research Institute, Strnady, Czech Republic
2Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Department of Ecology, Prague, Czech Republic
3Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Department of Game Management and Wildlife Biology, Prague, Czech Republic
4Mendel University in Brno, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Engineering, Brno, Czech Republic
5Charles University in Prague and University Hospital Motol, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic
6Mendel University in Brno, Department of Animal Morphology, Physiology and Genetics, Brno, Czech Republic

Higher concentrations of chemical elements in animal tissues may be associated with tumours and may explain cancerogenity. In this study, selected chemical elements were measured in the liver, kidneys, muscles and tissues affected by tumour in a dead female European badger (Meles meles) with a metastatic ovarian carcinoma. Atomic absorption spectroscopy was used for the assessment of concentrations of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, and zinc. AMA 254 analyser was used for the assessment of mercury concentration. Concentrations of heavy metals such as As, Cr, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb, and total Hg amounted to 0.031, 0.16, 7.74, 44.54, 0.67, 0.67, and 0.36 mg·kg-1 in the tumour tissue. This is the first detection of ovarian tumour in a European badger (Meles meles) which was systematically examined for the presence of chemical elements.


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