Author(s): Branchi I, Ricceri L
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Abstract Few laboratories working with transgenic and knockout mice analyze the neurobehavioral consequences of genetic manipulation in early ontogeny. However, the study of behavioral endpoints during the early postnatal period in genetically modified mice is important not only to assess possible developmental abnormalities, but also to better understand and disentangle the effects of genetic manipulations in adulthood. We propose that the assessment of neurobehavioral development represents an appropriate strategy to identify possible compensatory and/or unexpected effects. Nowadays, a large number of experimental protocols that take into account the practical constraints imposed by the peculiar physiological and behavioral responses of an immature subject are available to assess the neurobehavioral profile of developing mice. While this knowledge should be applied to the field of transgenic and knock-out mice in general, it should be recommended, in particular, for the study of mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders.
This article was published in Genes Brain Behav
and referenced in Autism-Open Access