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    A Simple and Fast Battery Test for Phenotypic Characterization of Mice
    Despite the great number of test batteries already known to assess the behavior of genetically modified and inbred strains of mice, only a few of them focus on basic neurological parameters. The purpose of the battery test proposed is to settle a ...
    A Simple and Fast Battery Test for Phenotypic Characterization of Mice
    [Abstract] Despite the great number of test batteries already known to assess the behavior of genetically modified and inbred strains of mice, only a few of them focus on basic neurological parameters. The purpose of the battery test proposed is to settle a specific methodology to characterize the phenotype of neurological disease models in mutant or ...
    An ex vivo Approach to Assess Mitochondrial ROS by Flow Cytometry in AAV-tagged Astrocytes in Adult Mice
    Authors:  Carlos Vicente-Gutierrez and Juan P. Bolaños, date: 03/20/2020, view: 474, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (mROS) are naturally produced signalling molecules extremely relevant for understanding both health- and disease-associated biological processes. The study of mROS in the brain is currently underway to decipher their physiopathological roles and contributions in neurological diseases. Recent advances in this ...
    Optic Nerve Crush in Mice to Study Retinal Ganglion Cell Survival and Regeneration
    [Abstract] In diseases such as glaucoma, the failure of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) neurons to survive or regenerate their optic nerve axons underlies partial and, in some cases, complete vision loss. Optic nerve crush (ONC) serves as a useful model not only of traumatic optic neuropathy but also of glaucomatous injury, as it similarly induces RGC cell death ...
    Phototactic T-maze Behavioral Assay for Comparing the Functionality of Color-sensitive Photoreceptor Subtypes in the Drosophila Visual System
    Authors:  Hunter S. Shaw, Joe Larkin and Yong Rao, date: 03/20/2020, view: 153, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Drosophila retina contains light-sensitive photoreceptors (R cells) with distinct spectral sensitivities that allow them to distinguish light by its spectral composition. R7 and R8 photoreceptors are important for color vision, and can be further classified into pale (p) or yellow (y) subtypes depending on the rhodopsin expressed. ...
    Shared Pheromonal Communication of Specific Fear Between Adult Sprague Dawley Rats
    Authors:  Samantha J. Carew and Abhinaba Ghosh, date: 03/20/2020, view: 196, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Rats are highly social animals, and mainly communicate with one another in two ways: through ultrasonic vocalizations and pheromones. Most research on pheromones has been dedicated those regarding sexual behavior, but more recently pheromones which signal danger to conspecifics have been identified in rodents. In fact, rats are capable of ...
    Delayed Alternation Task for the Study of Spatial Working and Long Term Memory in Rats
    Authors:  Megi Hoxha and Marta Sabariego, date: 03/05/2020, view: 442, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Memory systems can hold previously presented information for several seconds, bridging gaps between discontinuous events. It has been previously demonstrated that the hippocampus and the medial entorhinal cortex (mEC) are necessary for memory retention over delay intervals in alternation tasks. Here we describe the delayed alternation task, a ...
    Hippocampal Unicellular Recordings and Hippocampal-dependent Innate Behaviors in an Adolescent Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s disease
    [Abstract] Transgenic mice have been used to make valuable contributions to the field of neuroscience and model neurological diseases. The simultaneous functional analysis of hippocampal cell activity combined with hippocampal dependent innate task evaluations provides a reliable experimental approach to detect fine changes during early phases of ...
    Induction of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in Mice with Pilocarpine
    Authors:  Muhammad Nauman Arshad and Janice R Naegele, date: 02/20/2020, view: 462, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In the pilocarpine model of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) in rodents, systemic injections of pilocarpine induce continuous, prolonged limbic seizures, a condition termed “Status Epilepticus” (SE). With appropriate doses, many inbred strains of mice show behavioral seizures within an hour after pilocarpine is injected. With the behavioral scoring ...
    Method for Primary Epithelial Cell Culture from the Rat Choroid Plexus
    Authors:  Valeria Lallai, Amina Ahmed and Christie D. Fowler, date: 02/20/2020, view: 339, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The choroid plexus consists of a network of secretory epithelial cells localized throughout the lateral, third and fourth ventricles of the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is generated by the choroid plexus and released into the ventricular environment. This biofluid contains an enriched source of proteins, ions, and other signaling molecules for ...
    Implanting and Recycling Neuropixels Probes for Recordings in Freely Moving Mice
    Authors:  Ashley L. Juavinett, George Bekheet and Anne K. Churchland, date: 02/05/2020, view: 632, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Recording neural activity in unrestricted animals is necessary to unravel the neural basis of ethological behaviors. Recently, Neuropixels probes have made important strides in improving yield and lowering noise, but have limited use cases in freely moving animals. Although there are a number of studies demonstrating the use of these probes in ...



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