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An experimental model for resistance exercise in rodents.

Nicastro H, Zanchi NE, da Luz CR, Chaves DF, Lancha AH - J. Biomed. Biotechnol. (2012)

Bottom Line: We developed an operant conditioning system composed of sound, light and feeding devices that allowed optimized RE performance by the animal.With this system, it is not necessary to impose fasting or electric shock for the animal to perform the task proposed (muscle contraction).Therefore, despite experimental limitations, we believe that this RE apparatus is closer to the physiological context observed in humans.

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Affiliation: Laboratory of Applied Nutrition and Metabolism, School of Physical Education and Sports, University of São Paulo, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. nicastro@usp.br

ABSTRACT
This study aimed to develop an equipment and system of resistance exercise (RE), based on squat-type exercise for rodents, with control of training variables. We developed an operant conditioning system composed of sound, light and feeding devices that allowed optimized RE performance by the animal. With this system, it is not necessary to impose fasting or electric shock for the animal to perform the task proposed (muscle contraction). Furthermore, it is possible to perform muscle function tests in vivo within the context of the exercise proposed and control variables such as intensity, volume (sets and repetitions), and exercise session length, rest interval between sets and repetitions, and concentric strength. Based on the experiments conducted, we demonstrated that the model proposed is able to perform more specific control of other RE variables, especially rest interval between sets and repetitions, and encourages the animal to exercise through short-term energy restriction and "disturbing" stimulus that do not promote alterations in body weight. Therefore, despite experimental limitations, we believe that this RE apparatus is closer to the physiological context observed in humans.

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External view of the equipment. 1: acrylic structure; 2: rear panel; 3: power and interface plugins; 4: fan; 5: nose poke; 6: automatic feeder; 7: copper bars; 8: drawer.
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fig1: External view of the equipment. 1: acrylic structure; 2: rear panel; 3: power and interface plugins; 4: fan; 5: nose poke; 6: automatic feeder; 7: copper bars; 8: drawer.

Mentions: The whole equipment consists of an RE apparatus and an interface of control (hardware) on the rear panel of the equipment and was based on squat-type studies of Klitgaard [12] and Wirth et al. [15]. Figures 1 and 2 illustrate the training apparatus and its control devices. The RE apparatus has its external structure built in acrylic, preferably dark, which holds all devices of the equipment and keeps the main tool of the experiment: the weight lifting cylinder. Thus, its composition can be divided to the acrylic structure, rear panel, drawer, copper bars, cylinder lid, weight lifting cylinder, sensors, and actuators.


An experimental model for resistance exercise in rodents.

Nicastro H, Zanchi NE, da Luz CR, Chaves DF, Lancha AH - J. Biomed. Biotechnol. (2012)

External view of the equipment. 1: acrylic structure; 2: rear panel; 3: power and interface plugins; 4: fan; 5: nose poke; 6: automatic feeder; 7: copper bars; 8: drawer.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig1: External view of the equipment. 1: acrylic structure; 2: rear panel; 3: power and interface plugins; 4: fan; 5: nose poke; 6: automatic feeder; 7: copper bars; 8: drawer.
Mentions: The whole equipment consists of an RE apparatus and an interface of control (hardware) on the rear panel of the equipment and was based on squat-type studies of Klitgaard [12] and Wirth et al. [15]. Figures 1 and 2 illustrate the training apparatus and its control devices. The RE apparatus has its external structure built in acrylic, preferably dark, which holds all devices of the equipment and keeps the main tool of the experiment: the weight lifting cylinder. Thus, its composition can be divided to the acrylic structure, rear panel, drawer, copper bars, cylinder lid, weight lifting cylinder, sensors, and actuators.

Bottom Line: We developed an operant conditioning system composed of sound, light and feeding devices that allowed optimized RE performance by the animal.With this system, it is not necessary to impose fasting or electric shock for the animal to perform the task proposed (muscle contraction).Therefore, despite experimental limitations, we believe that this RE apparatus is closer to the physiological context observed in humans.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Laboratory of Applied Nutrition and Metabolism, School of Physical Education and Sports, University of São Paulo, Cidade Universitária, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. nicastro@usp.br

ABSTRACT
This study aimed to develop an equipment and system of resistance exercise (RE), based on squat-type exercise for rodents, with control of training variables. We developed an operant conditioning system composed of sound, light and feeding devices that allowed optimized RE performance by the animal. With this system, it is not necessary to impose fasting or electric shock for the animal to perform the task proposed (muscle contraction). Furthermore, it is possible to perform muscle function tests in vivo within the context of the exercise proposed and control variables such as intensity, volume (sets and repetitions), and exercise session length, rest interval between sets and repetitions, and concentric strength. Based on the experiments conducted, we demonstrated that the model proposed is able to perform more specific control of other RE variables, especially rest interval between sets and repetitions, and encourages the animal to exercise through short-term energy restriction and "disturbing" stimulus that do not promote alterations in body weight. Therefore, despite experimental limitations, we believe that this RE apparatus is closer to the physiological context observed in humans.

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Related in: MedlinePlus