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  • The authors investigated the influence of housing density and bedding volume on ammonia build-up in two individually ventilated mouse cages models. While the amount of bedding had no influence on ammonia levels, smaller Type II individually ventilated cages accumulated higher ammonia levels than larger Type III individually ventilated cages, even at similar housing densities.

    • Mahmud A. Eskandarani
    • Jann Hau
    • Otto Kalliokoski
    ArticleOpen Access
  • Tomsits and colleagues investigated the effects of medetomidine/midazolam/fentanyl and isoflurane/fentanyl narcosis on murine cardiac autonomic nervous activity and electrophysiology. The results show that, compared with medetomidine/midazolam/fentanyl narcosis, isoflurane/fentanyl narcosis seems to have no effect on cardiac autonomic nervous function and less influence on cardiac electrophysiology.

    • Philipp Tomsits
    • Lina Volz
    • Sebastian Clauß
    ArticleOpen Access
  • A large number of refinements have been studied with the aim to improve rat welfare, but more evidence is needed to fully understand their impact. This mapping review draws on the findings of 1,017 studies to show that different refinements impact different rats in different ways, and that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to refinements might not be appropriate.

    • Vikki Neville
    • James Lind
    • Michael Mendl
  • A clinically relevant murine model of septic arthritis via direct inoculation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus into the knee joint is described. This protocol details methods for serum, synovial fluid and knee joint tissue analysis that more closely mimic the workup of septic arthritis in human patients.

    • Hyuk-Kwon Kwon
    • Kristin E. Yu
    • Francis Y. Lee
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