Behaviour, Mazes, Tracking

41500 - Multi-Maze System for Mouse / Rat Featured

Multi-Maze System for Mouse / Rat Multi-Maze System for Mouse / Rat

Ugo Basile introduces a new multi-maze system of original design, a versatile modular device, with which the researcher can assemble the ideal configuration to study spatial learning and spatial memory in rats or mice.

The Multi-Maze components, one of the different arenas provided, and the required number of arms, can be easily combined to set-up an electronically controlled maze, in the following configurations:

  • Y-Maze
  • T-Maze (Start arm is required)
  • 8-Arm Radial Maze

for either Rat or Mouse.

The proprietary sliding doors retract in the maze floor, quickly, but silently, ensuring unobstructed animal tracking, while guaranteeing smooth, silent, totally automated up and down movements, making it the best solution for videotracking, in particular in optogenetics studies.

The new Multi-Maze will help the researcher to conduct fully automated memory experiments such as:

  • Assessing spatial memory
  • Testing basic working memory
  • Discriminating working from reference memory
  • Evaluating impairments in the working memory

All the animal mazes manufactured by Ugo Basile are designed with high-contrast colors and non-reflective coatings, providing optimal results with any video-tracking software. Our mazes are sturdy and easy to clean, making them the most reliable mazes on the market.

Surface texture was selected for best rodent’s comfort. Walls are available with standard or low profile; different colors or textures available on request.

The electronic unit features USB interface, 8 independent TTL inputs and integration with video-tacking software.

    FEATURE BENEFIT
    New proprietary modular system One device can be assembled in different configurations
    Doors slide underneath the floor Unobstructed view for optimal videotracking even in optogenetics studies
    Each arm provided with its own motor Smooth and silent operation
    Manual or PC-driven mode Via TTL or USB connection
    Interchangeable walls, standard or low profile for egocentric or allocentric spatial memory tests
    General
    Computer compatibility Direct connection to PC
    Power Requirement Universal input 85-264 VAC, 50-60Hz, 40 W max.
    TTL Inputs 8
    Door control Manual, TTL, or by PC
    Operating Temperature 10° to 40°C
    Sound Level Negligible
    Pollution Degree ≤ 2
    Physical
    Net weight

    41503        19Kg

    41504        22Kg

    41508        32Kg

    41513        Kg

    41514        Kg

    41518        Kg

    Shipping Weight

    41503        33Kg

    41504        38Kg

    41508        55Kg

    41503        Kg

    41504        Kg

    41508        Kg

    Packing Dimensions

    (full configuration)

    No. 3 boxes 60x50x63cm

    Total weight        58Kg

    No. 3 boxes 60x50x63cm

    Total weight        Kg

    Arm Dimension          

    Length       35cm

    Width         5cm

    Height       12cm

    (from walking floor)

    Length       60cm

    Width         10cm

    Height       30cm

    (from walking floor)

    Dimension of the      assembled system 41508      96x96x42(h)cm 41508      (h)cm
    Warranty 41500 is covered by a 24-month warranty

    Spatial memory is the ability to create a mental geographical map of the surroundings and to navigate the environment accordingly (Ref). In humans, for example, spatial memory allows one to easily find the way to the right office in a large building.

    While the definitions of working and reference memory may be subtle and can be debated among scholars, briefly, working memory is the ability to keep track of which
    offices we have already visited while looking for someone, while reference memory allows us to remember which of the many rooms is Mary’s office.

    In rodent studies, spatial memory can be tested by placing animals in mazes composed of 3 or more radially arranged walkways (arms) and observing either spontaneous
    exploratory behavior or reward-based navigation.

      MOUSE CONFIGURATIONS
    41503 3-Arm configuration, for Y-maze test, standard profile walls, automated doors, including Y and T arenas
    41504 3-Arm configuration, and “Start” Compartment, for Y-maze and T-maze test, standard profile walls, automated doors, including Y and T arenas
    41508 8-arm Radial Maze configuration, for Radial and Y-maze test, standard profile walls, automated doors, including 8-arm, Y and T arenas
    * The 41504 and 41508 configurations also enable the Y-maze test to be carried out, with no additional accessories
      RAT CONFIGURATIONS
    41513 3-Arm configuration, for Y-maze test, standard profile walls, automated doors, including Y and T arenas
    41514 3-Arm configuration, and “Start” Compartment, for Y-maze and T-maze test, standard profile walls, automated doors, including Y and T arenas
    41518 8-arm Radial Maze configuration, for Radial and Y-maze test, standard profile walls, automated doors, including 8-arm, Y and T arenas
    * The 41514 and 41518 configurations also enable the Y-maze test to be carried out, with no additional accessories
      COMPONENTS
    41500-001 Multi-Maze Main Unit for Mouse, incorporating support base, motor controls and interface to external unit
    41500-011 Multi-Maze Main Unit for Rat, incorporating support base, motor controls and interface to external unit
    41153-010 Controller
    41500-002 Standard Arm for Mouse, with automated door, and high profile (12cm h)
    41500-012 Standard Arm for Rat, provided with automated door, and high profile (30cm h)
    41500-003 “Start” Compartment for T-maze (Mouse), with automated door
    41500-013 “Start” Compartment for T-maze (Rat), with automated door
    M-LM 948-F Y-Maze Central Arena for Mouse
    M-LM 949-F T-Maze Central Arena for Mouse
    M-LM 961-F 8-Arm Radial Maze Central Arena for Mouse
    Y-Maze Central Arena for Rat
    T-Maze Central Arena for Rat
    8-Arm Radial Maze Central Arena for Rat
    41504-320 Blank Wall for T-Maze - Mouse
    41504-320 Blank Wall for T-Maze - Rat
    E-AU 041 USB pen-drive, including
    41500-302    Instruction Manual 
    46000-011    USB-Timer Software
    41153-050    Multi-Maze Communication Software
      OPTIONAL
    60000 ANY-maze Software, see also www.ub.anymaze.com
    41700-040 B/W USB Camera, including day&night 2.7-13.5mm varifocal lens, 5m USB cable and ceiling support

    See Additional Bibliography

    • D.S. Olton and R.J. Samuelson: "Remembrance of places passed: Spatial memory in ratsJournal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 2 (2): 97–116, 1976
    • Cunha et al. “Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Overexpression in the Forebrain Results in Learning and Memory Impairments” Neurobiology of Disease: 358-368, 2009
    • Gitler et al. “Different Presynaptic Roles of Synapsis at Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses” The Journal of Neuroscience, 24(50): 11368-11380, 2004
    • Tracey J. Shors “Learning during stressful times” Learning and Memory 11: 137-144, 2004
    • E. D. Lewin “Use of the Radial-Arm Maze to Assess LEARNING and Memory in Rodents” Methods of Behavior Analysis in Neuroscience, ed. Jerry J. Buccafusco, CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, Florida USA, 2001
    • Jacqueline N. Crawley “What’s Wrong with my Mouse”: Chapter 6 “Learning and Memory”, Wiley Inc., New York, USA,  2000

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