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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2011 Nov-Dec;61(6):742-9.

[Selection of mice for high level of extrapolation capacity with cobcommitant low anxiety level].

[Article in Russian]

Abstract

The behavior scores were assessed in mice selected simultaneously for high percentage of correct extrapolation task solutions and for low anxiety during test performance. Extrapolation test requires that the hungry animal searches for the food bait which disappeared from the view moving in the direction of food bait movement. In the 4th selection generation no significant changes occurred in the percentage of correct task solutions neither in comparison to control unselected population, nor against 50% chance level. Although the proportion of mice in selected strain which performed with 80-100% of correct solutions increased and in F4 was higher in comparison to controls (approaching significance). The proportion of "0" solution (when mouse made no choice) and of "refusals" of performance (anxiety indices in this test) were lower in selected line and the proportion of refusals in F4 was significantly lower than in controls. Elevated plus maze, closed plus maze and inescapable slippery funnel tests demonstrated significantly lower anxiety in mice of selected strain. These data demonstrate much more complex genetic basis for the capacity for extrapolation (lack of response to selection) in comparison with that of anxiety traits in mice (changes in the response to selection).

PMID:
22384735
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