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1 June 2006 PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF BLOOD LIPID PROFILES IN CAPTIVE WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLAS (GORILLA GORILLA GORILLA)
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Published serum cholesterol values in captive western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) are much higher than human ranges, with a national mean of 7.36 mmol/L (284 mg/dl, n = 863). Complete blood lipid profiles were examined in 15 captive gorillas. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) was found to decrease more rapidly with age than total cholesterol, resulting in an increasing ratio of cholesterol HDL with age. The ratio of apolipoprotein B to apolipoprotein A1 also increased with age. Establishment of a database of blood lipid values for captive gorillas with correlative analysis of animals with known atherosclerosis status may help to identify sensitive predictors of coronary heart disease risk.

Eric J. Baitchman, Paul P. Calle, Tracy L. Clippinger, Sharon L. Deem, Stephanie B. James, Bonnie L. Raphael, and Robert A. Cook "PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF BLOOD LIPID PROFILES IN CAPTIVE WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLAS (GORILLA GORILLA GORILLA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 37(2), 126-129, (1 June 2006). https://doi.org/10.1638/05-064.1
Received: 5 July 2005; Published: 1 June 2006
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