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ID: 566781.0, MPI für medizinische Forschung / Abteilung Molekulare Neurobiologie
The puzzle box as a simple and efficient behavioral test for exploring impairments of
2 general cognition and executive functions in mouse models of schizophrenia
Translation of Title:The puzzle box as a simple and efficient behavioral test for exploring impairments of
2 general cognition and executive functions in mouse models of schizophrenia
Authors:Ben´Abdallah, Nada M.−B.; Fuss, Johannes; Trusel, Massimo; Galsworthy, Michael J.; Bobsin, Kristin; Colacicco, Giovanni; Deacon, Robert M. J.; Riva, Marco Andrea; Kellendonk, Christoph; Sprengel, Rolf; Lipp, Hans−Peter; Gass, Peter
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2011-01-01
Title of Journal:Experimental Neurology
Journal Abbrev.:Exp. Neurol.
Issue / Number:1
Start Page:42
End Page:52
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:Deficits in executive functions are key features of schizophrenia. Rodent behavioral paradigms used so far to 29
find animal correlates of such deficits require extensive effort and time. The puzzle box is a problem−solving 30
test in which mice are required to complete escape tasks of increasing difficulty within a limited amount 31
of time. Previous data have indicated that it is a quick but highly reliable test of higher−order cognitive 32
functioning. 33
We evaluated the use of the puzzle box to explore executive functioning in five different mouse models of 34
schizophrenia: mice with prefrontal cortex and hippocampus lesions, mice treated sub−chronically with the 35
NMDA−receptor antagonist MK−801, mice constitutively lacking the GluA1 subunit of AMPA−receptors, and 36
mice over−expressing dopamine D2 receptors in the striatum. All mice displayed altered executive functions 37
in the puzzle box, although the nature and extent of the deficits varied between the different models. Deficits 38
were strongest in hippocampus−lesioned and GluA1 knockout mice, while more subtle deficits but specific to 39
problem solving were found in the medial prefrontal−lesioned mice, MK−801−treated mice, and in mice with 40
striatal overexpression of D2 receptors. 41
Data from this study demonstrate the utility of the puzzle box as an effective screening tool for executive 42
functions in general and for schizophrenia mouse models in particular
Free Keywords:Hippocampus, Medial prefrontal cortex, MK−801, GluA1, Dopamine D2−receptor, Problem solving
Last Change of the Resource (YYYY-MM-DD):--
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Wulf Kaiser
Affiliations:MPI für medizinische Forschung/Abteilung Molekulare Neurobiologie
MPI für medizinische Forschung/Abteilung Zellphysiologie/Olfaction Web
MPI für medizinische Forschung/Abteilung Molekulare Neurobiologie/Gruppe Rolf Sprengel
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