Evolution of methods for assessing the motor function of laboratory rodents - neurodegenerative diseases models

  • M.M. Chicheva Institute of Physiologically Active Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 Severny proezd, Moscow region, Chernogolovka, 142432 Russia
  • E.V. Vikhareva Institute of Physiologically Active Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 Severny proezd, Moscow region, Chernogolovka, 142432 Russia
  • A.V. Maltsev Institute of Physiologically Active Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 Severny proezd, Moscow region, Chernogolovka, 142432 Russia
  • A.A. Ustyugov Institute of Physiologically Active Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 Severny proezd, Moscow region, Chernogolovka, 142432 Russia
Keywords: neurodegeneration, gait, animal models, motor function


This review contains information about different laboratorian rodent′s gait analysis systems. These methods are useful for the assessment of motor function in neurodegenerative models. The following aspects have been considered: ink traces technique, treadmills equipment, and modern gait analysis systems like TreadScan and CatWalk, which allows estimating a set of animals gait parameters. For each technique a detailed description and examples of its use for estimating gait parameters in neurodegenerative diseases are given.


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