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    Inducing Alcohol Dependence in Rats Using Chronic Intermittent Exposure to Alcohol Vapor
    Authors:  Elizabeth M. Avegno and Nicholas W. Gilpin, date: 05/05/2019, view: 237, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a significant public health and economic burden and is often characterized by repeated bouts of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal. Virtually all organ systems are impacted by chronic alcohol exposure. These effects can be investigated using the rat as a model organism; however, rats typically will not ...
    Displaced Object Recognition Memory in Rats
    Authors:  Ali N. Mclagan and Jena B. Hales, date: 04/20/2019, view: 422, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Displaced Object Recognition (DOR) task, sometimes called the Novel Object Location task, assesses spatial recognition memory without navigational demands, explicit instruction, or the need for multiple days of training. This memory task has two phases. First, the subject is familiarized to an open arena with two objects and is allowed to ...
    Consummatory Successive Negative Contrast in Rats
    [Abstract] Using animal models in addiction and pain research is pivotal to unravel new pathways and mechanisms for the treatment of these disorders. Reward devaluation through a consummatory successive negative contrast (cSNC) task has shown the ability to reduce physical pain sensitivity (hypoalgesia) and increase oral ethanol consumption in rats. The ...
    Social Defeat Stress (SDS) in Mice: Using Swiss Mice as Resident
    Authors:  Marco Oreste F. Pagliusi Jr. and Cesar R. Sartori, date: 03/20/2019, view: 659, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Due to the high prevalence and great economic impact of depression, studies with animal models have been increasingly used to identify neurobiological mechanisms associated with this disorder. However, many animal models use stressful conditions that are not consistent with what we observe in the modern human world. Examples are the chronic ...
    Assessing Spatial Working Memory Using the Spontaneous Alternation Y-maze Test in Aged Male Mice
    Authors:  Emily A.K. Prieur and Nafisa M. Jadavji, date: 02/05/2019, view: 1294, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The global population is aging and the prevalence of age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia is increasing. Understanding functional impairments and disease processes is of vital importance in order to develop effective therapeutics. Using the natural exploratory behavior of mice, the spontaneous alternation y-maze ...
    A Novel Hygrotaxis Assay for Assessing Thirst Perception and Water Sensation in Drosophila
    Authors:  Yuanjie Sun, Shan Gao, Feiteng Ji and Yan Zhu, date: 02/05/2019, view: 639, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Water is essential for the survival of terrestrial animals. Animals obtain water from their food, from metabolism and, more importantly, by drinking. It is therefore vital for dehydrated animals to efficiently locate water sources in the wild. Traditional paradigm for studying the genetic basis of humidity sensation and preference use an apparatus ...
    Three-chamber Social Approach Task with Optogenetic Stimulation (Mice)
    Authors:  Celeste Leung, Jun Chul Kim and Zhengping Jia, date: 12/20/2018, view: 901, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The formation of social relationships via social interactions and memory are essential for one’s physical and mental health. To date, rodent studies have used the three-chamber social approach test to measure social approach, social novelty, and social memory. In recent years, techniques including optogenetics have been developed to acutely ...
    A Modified Barnes Maze for Juvenile Rats
    Authors:  Nazanin Valibeigi, Daniel G. McHail, Carmen L. Kimball and Theodore C. Dumas, date: 11/20/2018, view: 1247, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] To better understand neural codes for spatial navigation and to address cognitive development questions, the neurobiology of postnatal hippocampal development is receiving increased attention. While the Morris Water Maze is the gold standard for assessing hippocampal integrity, potential confounds can be difficult to control for in juvenile ...
    Testing for Assortative Mating by Diet in Drosophila melanogaster
    Authors:  Philip T Leftwich and Tracey Chapman, date: 10/20/2018, view: 1032, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Experimental studies of the evolution of reproductive isolation in real time are a powerful way to reveal the way that fundamental processes, such as mate choice, initiate divergence. Mate choice, while frequently described in females, can occur in either sex, and can be affected by the genetics or environment of an individual. Here we describe ...
    Behavioral Evaluation of Seeking and Preference of Alcohol in Mice Subjected to Stress
    Authors:  Ana Canseco-Alba, Norman Schanz, Hiroki Ishiguro, Qing-Rong Liu and Emmanuel S. Onaivi, date: 10/20/2018, view: 1071, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The alcohol preference model is one of the most widely used animal models relevant to alcoholism. Stressors increase alcohol consumption. Here we present a protocol for a rapid and useful tool to test alcohol preference and stress-induced alcohol consumption in mice. In this model, animals are given two bottles, one with a diluted solution of ...



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