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Animal
Mouse, Rat
Videotracking
Traditional, Infrared

Elevated Plus Maze for Rats and Mice - Optimized for Video-Tracking

Product Code:40142/40143
Category: Mazes, Tracking

The elevated plus maze (EPM) is used to measure anxiety in rats and mice. The model is based on the rodent's instinctive tendency to explore novel environments and also to avoid unprotected open and elevated spaces. For neurobiological anxiety research.

High quality maze with surface texture selected for best rodent comfort. Optimized for use with video tracking software (high contrast, non reflective). Easy to set up, easy to clean.

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Background

  • The elevated plus maze is a widely used behavioral assay for rodents.
  • EPM has been validated to assess the anti-anxiety effects of pharmacological agents and steroid hormones, and to define brain regions and mechanisms underlying anxiety-related behavior.

 

Durable, optimized for video tracking and rodent comfort

  • High quality, reliable, sturdy and durable.
  • Engineered by Ugo Basile to optimize video tracking success through our use of high contrast, non-reflective surfaces:
    • Selection of high-contrast colors for optimal motion tracking: grey, white, black, (Ugo Basile) light blue or custom.
    • Use of non-reflective, anti-glare surface. Reflections and glare are a common source of error in video tracking. We avoid this!
    • Maze surface texture is selected for best rodent comfort – anti-slip and “warm” (rather than a smooth or cold surface that rodents find uncomfortable).
  • 4 metal legs for device stability support the EPM.
  • Easy to construct.
  • Closed Arms can be easily detached for cleaning and storage.

Feature

Benefit

High-contrast colors

Gives optimal results with any Video-Tracking software

Non-reflecting surface

Guarantees optimal camera view and no glare

Ample color selection

Available in grey (standard), blue, white, black, custom color

Reasonably rough “warm” surface texture

Selected for best rodent comfort, non-slippery

Quality materials

Reliable and durable mazes, easy to clean and store

 

Physical

Animal

Rat

Mouse

Open Corridor Length

110cm

80cm

Corridor Width

10cm

5cm

Closed Arm Height

40cm

35cm

Height (from the floor)

60cm

60cm

Standard color

Grey (RAL GR7001)

Grey (RAL GR7001)

Available colors

Blue, white, black, color on request

Blue, white, black, color on request

Weight

15Kg

8Kg

Shipping Weight

19Kg

10Kg

Warranty

Warranty Eleveted Plus Maze is covered by a 12-month warranty + 12 after product registration 
UB-Care Additional UB-Care can be added for other 12 or 24 months

 

The elevated plus-maze test is used as a rodent model of anxiety, and is representative of those tests that are based upon the study of spontaneous behaviour patterns. The model is based on the test animal's aversion to open spaces. In the EPM, this anxiety is expressed by the animal spending more time in the enclosed arms.
The elevated plus maze is a widely used behavioral assay for rodents and it has been validated to assess the anti-anxiety effects of pharmacological agents and steroid hormones, and to define brain regions and mechanisms underlying anxiety-related behavior.
Briefly, rats or mice are placed at the junction of the four arms of the maze, facing an open arm, and entries/duration in each arm are recorded by a video-tracking system and observer simultaneously for 5 min. Other ethological parameters (i.e., rears, head dips and stretched-attend postures) can also be observed.
An increase in open arm activity (duration and/or entries) reflects anti-anxiety behavior.

Product

40142

Elevated Plus Maze (EPM) for Rats

40143

Elevated Plus Maze (EPM) for Mice

Optional

60000

ANY-maze Software

47400-040

B/W USB Camera, including day&night 2.8-12.0mm varifocal lens, 5m USB cable and ceiling support

 

S. Pellow et alia: “Validation of Open:Closed Arm Entries in an Elevated Plus-Maze as a Measure of Anxiety in the Rat” J. Neuroscience methods 14(3): 149-167, 1985

D. Treit et alia: “Anxiogenic Stimuli in the Elevated Plus-Maze” Pharmacol. Biochemistry and Behavior 44(2): 463-469, 1993

R.J. Rodgers & A. Dalvi: “The use of the elevated plus maze as an assay of anxiety-related behavior in rodents” Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 21(6): 801-810, 1997

A.A. Wolf & Cheril A. Frye: “The Use of the Elevated Plus Maze as an Assay of Anxiety-Related Behavior in Rodents” Nature Protocols 2: 322-328, 2007

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