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    Assessing Prepulse Inhibition of Startle in Mice
    Authors:  Christina Ioannidou, Giovanni Marsicano and Arnau Busquets-Garcia, date: 04/05/2018, view: 5763, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Animal models are an important tool for studying neuropsychiatric disorders. However, a major challenge for researchers working with laboratory rodents is trying to reproduce ‘core’ symptoms of complex human disorders such as schizophrenia. Despite this challenge, however, it is still conceivable to use animal models designed to reproduce some of ...
    Assaying Thermo-nociceptive Behavior in Drosophila Larvae
    Authors:  Meike Petersen, Federico Tenedini, Nina Hoyer, Fritz Kutschera and Peter Soba, date: 02/20/2018, view: 3430, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Thermo-nociception, the detection and behavioral response to noxious temperatures, is a highly conserved action to avoid injury and ensure survival. Basic molecular mechanisms of thermal responses have been elucidated in several model organisms and are of clinical relevance as thermal hypersensitivity (thermos-allodynia) is common in neuropathic ...
    Assaying Mechanonociceptive Behavior in Drosophila Larvae
    Authors:  Nina Hoyer, Meike Petersen, Federico Tenedini and Peter Soba, date: 02/20/2018, view: 4105, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Drosophila melanogaster larvae have been extensively used as a model to study the molecular and cellular basis of nociception. The larval nociceptors, class IV dendritic arborization (C4da) neurons, line the body wall of the animal and respond to various stimuli including noxious heat and touch. Activation of C4da neurons results in a ...
    Behavioral Assays to Study Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Sensing in Caenorhabditis elegans
    Authors:  Teresa Rojo Romanos, Leelee Ng, Manuel Zimmer and Roger Pocock, date: 01/05/2018, view: 3346, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Animals use behavioral strategies to seek optimal environments. Population behavioral assays provide a robust means to determine the effect of genetic perturbations on the ability of animals to sense and respond to changes in the environment. Here, we describe a C. elegans population behavioral assay used to measure locomotory responses ...
    Bioluminescence Monitoring of Neuronal Activity in Freely Moving Zebrafish Larvae
    [Abstract] The proof of concept for bioluminescence monitoring of neural activity in zebrafish with the genetically encoded calcium indicator GFP-aequorin has been previously described (Naumann et al., 2010) but challenges remain. First, bioluminescence signals originating from a single muscle fiber can constitute a major pitfall. Second, ...

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