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Research article2021Peer reviewedOpen access

Measurement of catestatin and vasostatin in wild boar Sus scrofa captured in a corral trap

Fahlman, Asa; Lindsjo, Johan; Bergvall, Ulrika A.; Agren, Erik O.; Norling, Therese Arven; Stridsberg, Mats; Kjellander, Petter; Hoglund, Odd


Our aim was to analyse the chromogranin A-derived peptides vasostatin and catestatin in serum from wild boar (Sus scrofa) captured in a corral trap. Acute capture-related stress quickly leads to a release of adrenalin and noradrenalin, but these hormones have a short half-life in blood and are difficult to measure. Chromogranin A (CgA), a glycoprotein which is co-released with noradrenalin and adrenalin, is relatively stable in circulation and the CgA-derived peptides catestatin and vasostatin have been measured in domestic species, but not yet in wildlife.

Vasostatin and catestatin could be measured and the median (range) serum concentrations were 0.91 (0.54–2.86) and 0.65 (0.35–2.62) nmol/L, respectively. We conclude that the CgA-derived peptides vasostatin and catestatin can be measured in wild boar serum and may thus be useful as biomarkers of psychophysical stress.


Animal welfare; Catestatin; CgA; Live-trap capture; Stress; Trapping; Vasostatin; 3Rs

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BMC Research Notes
2021, Volume: 14, number: 1, article number: 337