Phenopups at the FELASA 2013 congress in Barcelona ! 10-13 June 2013 Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations

PhenoPups was present at the FELASA SECAL congress in Barcelona. Three original studies were presented:

Animal models for pediatrics: novel methods for phenotyping newborn pups. E. Durand1, J. Gallego1,2, B. Matrot1,2, N. Ramanantsoa1,2  ; 1 PhenoPups SAS, Evry, France; 2 UMR 676 INSERM Université Denis Diderot, Paris, France.

Newborn mice and rats are a suitable model for pediatric research from prematurity to adolescence: they resemble preterm human infants regarding neurodevelopmental characteristics, and mutant models of pediatric diseases are available at an increasing proportion. To study these animals early in their life is essential: i) in case of early death of the model, ii) to avoid the effect of functional recovery, iii) to understand the ontogeny of the pathology at early stages of development. They also provide suitable models for developing new therapeutic strategies for paediatric diseases, in line with US and EC regulations. However, studies in newborn mice and rats face major difficulties due to the small size of the pups and their sensory and motor immaturity…

Intermittent Negative Pressure Ventilation to Resuscitate One Day Old Newborn MiceE Durand 1, M. Gouveia 4, S Dauger 2, J Gallego 1,4, O Brissaud 3, B Matrot 1,4 ; 1 PhenoPups SAS, Evry, France, 2 Service de Réanimation et Surveillance Continue Pédiatriques, Hôpital Robert-Debré, Paris, France, 3 Service de Réanimation, Groupe hospitalier Pellegrin, Bordeaux, France 4 UMR 676 INSERM Université Denis Diderot, Paris, France.

Phenotyping of genetic animal models in the early neonatal period has become an important part of developmental studies. Unfortunately, in many strains of transgenic mice, pups die few hours after birth due to the lack of adaptation to extra-uterine life or severe respiratory failure. In these strains, physiological and therapeutic testing cannot be carried out during the period of neonatal development. We tested the ability of a prototype of negative pressure ventilator to deliver small tidal volume at a high respiratory rate, close-fitted to newborn mice ventilatory pattern. The first aim of this pilot study was to test the ability of this new ventilator to resuscitate newborn mice after a cardiorespiratory arrest artificially induced. We also investigated the long term consequences of this resuscitation on physiological development…

Early detection of cognitive defects in newborn miceE. Durand1, N. Ramanantsoa2, J. Gallego1,2, B. Matrot1,2, B. Bollen3 ; 1 PhenoPups SAS, Evry, France, 2 UMR 676 INSERM Université Denis Diderot, Paris, France, 3 Leuven University, Belgium

Mouse models are increasingly used to investigate genetic contributions to developmental disorders in children. In particular, early cognitive assessment in newborn mice is critical to evaluate pediatric drug efficacy and toxicity. Unfortunately, learning procedures developed in adult rodents are not suitable for testing newborn rodents because of their motor and sensory immaturity. Furthermore, newborns have far greater capacity for learning but less capacity for memorizing.!
Therefore, developing such tests for newborn mice is a priority challenge for neurogenetics and pharmacological research. The aim of the present study was to develop a simple, easy to standardize classical conditioning protocol suitable for high-throughput screening of associative abilities in newborn mice…