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Title: Behavioral Phenotyping for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Mice.

Authors: Chang, Yu-Chi; Cole, Toby B; Costa, Lucio G

Published In Curr Protoc Toxicol, (2017 May 02)

Abstract: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) represents a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by alterations in three behavioral symptom domains: Social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. Increasing prevalence of ASD in recent years suggests that exposure to environmental toxicants may be critical in modulating etiology of this disease. As clinical diagnosis of autism still relies on behavioral evaluation, it is important to be able to assess similar behavioral traits in animal models, to provide biological plausibility of associations between environmental exposures and ASD. Rodents naturally exhibit a large number of behaviors that can be linked to similar behaviors in human. In this unit, behavioral tests are described that are relevant to the domains affected in ASD. For the repetitive domain, the T-maze spontaneous alternation test and marble burying test are described. For the communication domain, neonatal ultrasonic vocalization and olfactory habituation test toward social and non-social odor are described. Finally, for the sociability domain, the three-chambered social preference test and the reciprocal interaction test are presented. © 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

PubMed ID: 28463420 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Animals; Animals, Newborn; Autism Spectrum Disorder/psychology*; Behavior, Animal*; Disease Models, Animal; Habituation, Psychophysiologic; Mice; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder/psychology; Odorants; Phenotype; Smell; Social Behavior; Urine/chemistry; Vocalization, Animal

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