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    Long-term Devocalization of Zebra Finches
    Authors:  Yunbok Kim, Daisuke Mizuguchi and Satoshi Kojima, date: 09/20/2020, view: 361, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Songbirds, such as the zebra finch, are a popular animal model for studying the neural basis of vocal and complex skill learning. Adult male zebra finches produce courtship song toward females (referred to as ‘directed song’) and recording and analyzing sounds of directed song along with underlying neural activity is important for investigating ...
    Sequential Reaching Task for the Study of Motor Skills in Monkeys
    Authors:  Machiko Ohbayashi and Nathalie Picard, date: 08/20/2020, view: 555, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ability to perform a sequence of movements is a key component of motor skills, such as typing or playing a musical instrument. How the brain binds elementary movements together into meaningful actions has been a topic of much interest. Here, we describe two sequential reaching tasks that we use to investigate the neural substrate of skilled ...
    A Reproducible Protocol to Measure the Critical Swimming Speed of Adult Zebrafish
    Authors:  Yuma Wakamatsu, Makoto Kashima and Hiromi Hirata, date: 08/20/2020, view: 727, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The quantitative measurement of water flow-induced swimming of fish species using a swimmill is a powerful method to evaluate motor ability of individual fish. Zebrafish is a commonly used vertebrate that enables the study of morphological, physiological and behavioral characteristics associated with genes. We here established a reproducible ...
    Precise Targeting of Single Microelectrodes to Orientation Pinwheel Centers
    Authors:  Xue Mei Song, Ming Li, Tao Xu, Dewen Hu and Anna Wang Roe, date: 06/05/2020, view: 659, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In the mammalian visual system, early stages of visual form perception begin with orientation selective neurons in primary visual cortex (V1). In many species (including humans, monkeys, tree shrews, cats, and ferrets), these neurons are organized in pinwheel-like orientation columns. To study the functional organization within orientation ...
    Minimally Invasive Oral Surgery Induction of the FRICT-ION Chronic Neuropathic Pain Model
    Authors:  Marena A. Montera and Karin N. Westlund, date: 04/20/2020, view: 1048, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] An easily induced preclinical trigeminal neuropathic nerve injury model is described here for the study of chronic pain, the model acronym FRICT-ION (Foramen Rotundum Inflammatory Constriction Trigeminal InfraOrbital Nerve). In patients, neuropathic pain is thought to be related to ...
    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 ...
    Semi-automated Model to Accurately Counting Sympathetic Nervous Fibers
    Authors:  Dennis Bleck, Lkham Erdene-Byambadoo, Ralph Brinks, Matthias Schneider and Georg Pongratz, date: 12/20/2019, view: 1365, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In recent years, the role of sympathetic nervous fibers in chronic inflammation has become increasingly evident. At the onset of inflammation, sympathetic activity is increased in the affected tissue. However, sympathetic fibers are largely absent from chronically inflamed tissues. Apparently, there is a very dynamic relationship between ...
    Optogenetic Food Odor Avoidance Assay
    Authors:  Jay M. Patel, Jessica Swanson and Benjamin R. Arenkiel, date: 10/20/2019, view: 1413, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Appetite is tightly linked to the sensory experience of feeding, including the smell, taste, and sight of food. Sensory perception can affect the palatability of food, modulating appetite beyond homeostatic requirements. Hypothalamic neurons that govern feeding are responsive to sensory cues associated with food, including food odors. However, the ...
    Cylinder Test to Assess Sensory-motor Function in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s Disease
    [Abstract] Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative movement disorder that happens due to the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. The deficiency of dopamine in the basal nuclei drives cardinal motor symptoms such as bradykinesia and hypokinesia. The current protocol describes the cylinder test, which is a relatively simple ...
    Whisker Nuisance Test: A Valuable Tool to Assess Tactile Hypersensitivity in Mice
    Authors:  Luigi Balasco, Gabriele Chelini, Yuri Bozzi and Giovanni Provenzano, date: 08/20/2019, view: 1874, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Abnormal response to tactile stimulation, described as both hyper- and hypo-reactivity, is a common sensory impairment in multiple neuropsychiatric disorders. The neural bases of tactile sensitivity remain so far unknown. In the last years, animal studies have proven to be useful for shedding light on the cellular and molecular mechanism ...



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