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Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 1993 Oct-Nov;71(10-11):854-7.

Predicting submaximal oxygen consumption during treadmill running in mice.

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Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Canada.


Treadmill exercise is the most common form of exercise used in studies involving laboratory rodents. However, oxygen consumption (VO2) is not usually monitored since the measurement of this parameter is particularly difficult in small, exercising animals. The purpose of this study was to develop a regression equation for predicting submaximal VO2 in mice during treadmill running. Twenty female mice of three strains were tested, in an Oxyscan metabolic treadmill, on different days at running speeds of 10, 13, 15, 17, and 20 m/min at a 0% grade. Each mouse was placed in the treadmill chamber for a 10-min period before running commenced. Running speed was increased in 2-min intervals by 5 m/min until the assigned speed was reached. Each mouse then ran for 10 min to reach steady state, followed by another 20 min at the steady-state plateau. During this period a 30-s expired gas sample was collected every minute. Gas samples were analyzed for O2 and CO2, using an Oxyscan gas analyzer. Trials were conducted during the nocturnal phase of the animals' photoperiod, and running speeds were assigned randomly to minimize order effects. This approach provided highly reliable measures of oxygen consumption (r = 0.96). By using the running speeds (10-20 m/min) and the animal's body weight it was possible to predict the submaximal oxygen consumption (mL/min) during running with a high degree of accuracy (i.e., R2 = 0.85). In an independent group of animals (n = 14) we compared the predicted VO2 with the measured VO2. This yielded a good correlation coefficient (r = 0.79) and a low prediction error (+2.4 +/- 2.9%).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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