, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 281–283 | Cite as

Eine Apparatur zur Messung motorischer Funktionsstörungen bei Ratten

  • H. Ballhause
  • J. Kähling
Animal Studies

A device for the evaluation of motor incoordination in rats


A runway apparatus for rats has been developed for measuring motor incoordination and running time. Animals were trained to run along an elevated narrow pathway. Frequency and severity of slipping off and running time were automatically counted.

Rats were given diazepam, phenobarbital or chlorpromazine orally and tested 1 h later. Diazepam, 8–64 mg/kg p.o., caused slipping off in a dose-dependent manner. Phenobarbital had a similar effect with 64 mg/kg p.o. Chloropromazine, 32 and 64 mg/kg p.o., caused other signs of motor deficit.

Key words

Motor incoordination Runway test Diazepam Phenobarbital Chlorpromazine Rat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Ballhause
    • 1
  • J. Kähling
    • 1
  1. 1.Biologische ForschungDr. K. Thomae GmbHBiberach an der RißBundesrepublik Deutschland

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