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    Examining Cocaine Conditioning Place Preference in Mice
    Authors:  MaryElizabeth J. Simkevich, Rianne R. Campbell and André O. White, date: 04/20/2020, view: 565, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] A key component of combating substance use disorders is understanding the neural mechanisms that support drug reward. Tasks such as self-administration assess the reinforcing properties of a drug using a learned behavior but require numerous training sessions and surgery. In comparison, the conditioned place preference (CPP) task assesses reward ...
    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 ...
    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: 497, 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: 537, 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: 932, 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 ...
    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: 1043, 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: 1474, 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 ...
    Protocol for Measuring Free (Low-stress) Exploration in Rats
    Authors:  Wojciech Pisula and Klaudia Modlinska, date: 01/20/2020, view: 1023, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Research on exploratory behavior plays a key part in behavioral science. Studying exploratory behavior of laboratory rodents may provide important data about many developmental and neurobiological processes occurring in animal ontogenesis. The proposed protocol for measuring the free (low-stress) exploration behavior in rats is straightforward, ...
    Assessing Rough-and-tumble Play Behavior in Juvenile Rats
    Authors:  Jonathan W. VanRyzin, Ashley E. Marquardt and Margaret M. McCarthy, date: 01/05/2020, view: 1280, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Play is a complex social behavior that is highly conserved across mammals. In most species, males engage in more frequent and vigorous play as juveniles than females, which reflects subtle yet impactful sex differences in brain circuitry and development. In this protocol, we describe a behavioral testing paradigm to assess social play in male and ...
    Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein 35-55 (MOG 35-55)-induced Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis: A Model of Chronic Multiple Sclerosis
    Authors:  Sakie Miyamura, Nagisa Matsuo, Kazuki Nagayasu, Hisashi Shirakawa and Shuji Kaneko, date: 12/20/2019, view: 1469, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the common demyelinating disease of human central nervous system. Among mouse models available to study MS, including the cuprizone application and lysolecithin-injection models, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model is widely used so that chronic EAE model of C57BL/6J can reflect the autoimmune ...



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