MAST CELL UPDATE.
I had so many people contact me to take part in the Mast Cell DNA collection. I have now set up a connection with Emma Hales at the AHT so we can collect the right information. We need the following;
This is going to be done with UK dogs as getting these swabs in and out to overseas addresses is proving difficult.
Currently, we are collecting samples from any Shar Pei affected by mast cell tumours and dogs that are at least 7 years old and never had any form of cancer. (Approximately 40 samples needed).
In addition we are looking to collect tumour biopsies. If your dog has a suspected mast cell tumour, ask your vet to place a small piece (a 3-5mm cube) of the biopsy of the suspected tumour (normally removed for diagnostic histopathology) in a special preservative (‘RNAlater’) provided by the AHT upon request.
It would be beneficial if the special preservative could be requested in advance of any surgery.
If you can help, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to share and we are happy to answer any Questions.
Please also remember we are in the process of collecting DNA from Shar Pei 12 years and over as part of the Amyloid project.
This is a buccal swab (test) and then when the time comes dogs in this study have a Post-mortem Congo Red Test. Remember this is THE ONLY WAY TO DIAGNOSE AMYLOID so the tissue that is sent in to bank is very valuable DNA.
If a test became available for either of these diseases we need "control dogs" so the idea behind this is to start banking DNA samples for the future. WE NEED YOUR HELP !!!
Anyone participating in the research please email me with the following details;
Contact telephone number
We can hopefully then share all the data between the 2 departments.
Also there is a fundraiser at the moment to get the £2,000 for the sequencing of DNA of a Shar Pei who is negative for Amyloid via CONGO RED !!!
This is going to be very valuable information so if you could all spare £1 this would total up very quickly I’m sure. Any donations would be greatly appreciated if sent via paypal to email@example.com.
Thank you all who are contributing at a time when your hearts are breaking.
Heather Morris (KC Shar Pei Breed Health coordinator) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Hales (AHT) - email@example.com