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    Use of the Vsoc-maze to Study Sociability and Preference for Social Novelty in Rodents
    [Abstract] Studying social behavior in mouse models empowers the understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms involved, which are affected in neuropsychiatric disorders, allowing the evaluation of therapeutic strategies. Behavioral methods available are time-consuming and reducing the length of behavioral sessions may render more manageable experiments ...
    Intracerebral Injection of Streptozotocin to Model Alzheimer Disease in Rats
    [Abstract] Animal models have promoted meaningful contribution to science including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research. Several animal models for AD have been used, most of them related to genetic mutations observed in familial AD. However, sporadic form of AD, also named late-onset is the most frequent form of the disease, which is multifactorial, being ...
    An Operant Conditioning Task to Assess the Choice between Wheel Running and Palatable Food in Mice
    Authors:  Bastien Redon, Imane Hurel, Giovanni Marsicano and Francis Chaouloff, date: 10/05/2019, view: 367, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Wheel running, especially in the homecage, has been widely used to study the neurobiology of exercise because animal tends to use it voluntarily. However, as for each reward, its consumption (in the present case, running performance) does not specifically provide information on its incentive value, i.e., the extent to which animals are ...
    Quantification of Prostaglandin E2 Concentration in Interstitial Fluid from the Hypothalamic Region of Free-moving Mice
    Authors:  Yoshinobu Nakamura, Takatoshi Sakaguchi, Ikumi Tamai and Takeo Nakanishi, date: 08/05/2019, view: 507, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is a well-established chemical mediator for the generation of the fever at the hypothalamus of the brain. PGE2 mediates fever generation via PGE receptor 3 (i.e., EP3) on neurons in the preoptic area. The role of PGE2 has been analyzed by measuring PGE2 ...
    Assessing Olfaction Using Ultrasonic Vocalization Recordings in Mouse Pups with a Sono-olfactometer
    Authors:  Sébastien Wagner, Pierre-Marie Lledo and Françoise Lazarini, date: 02/20/2019, view: 1366, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Olfaction is the first sensory modality to develop during fetal life in mammals, and plays a key role in the various behaviors of neonates such as feeding and social interaction. Odorant cues (i.e., mother or predator scents) can trigger potentiation or inhibition of ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) emitted by pups following their ...
    Three-chamber Social Approach Task with Optogenetic Stimulation (Mice)
    Authors:  Celeste Leung, Jun Chul Kim and Zhengping Jia, date: 12/20/2018, view: 1757, 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 ...
    Partial Transection of Adult Rat Optic Nerve as a Model of Secondary Degeneration in the Central Nervous System
    Authors:  Carole A Bartlett and Melinda Fitzgerald, date: 12/20/2018, view: 1334, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Injury to the central nervous system is characterized by damage that spreads from the initial point of impact into the surrounding adjacent tissue, in a phenomenon referred to as secondary degeneration. The optic nerve can be used to effectively model injury and secondary degeneration to white matter tracts. Partial transection of the dorsal ...
    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: 1684, 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 ...
    Studying the Role of Microglia in Neurodegeneration and Axonal Regeneration in the Murine Visual System
    Authors:  Alexander M Hilla and Dietmar Fischer, date: 08/20/2018, view: 3293, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Microglia reside in the central nervous system (CNS) and are involved in the maintenance of the physiologic state. They constantly survey their environment for pathologic alterations associated with injury or diseases. For decades, researchers have investigated the role of microglia under different pathologic conditions, using approaches aiming to ...
    Sociability and Social Novelty Preference Tests Using a U-shaped Two-choice Field
    Authors:  Eun-Hwa Lee, Jin-Young Park, Yunjin Lee and Pyung-Lim  Han, date: 05/20/2018, view: 3890, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] We developed sociability tests based on use of a U-shaped two-choice field to read out behavioral states of sociability in rodents. The U-shaped two-choice field is a modified open field that is partially partitioned with a wall projecting to the central point, resulting in two symmetrical rectangular fields, each containing closed and open square ...



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