The AutoSomTM system is an automated sleep-deprivation system specially designed to conduct sleep-related research in rodents. The system enables non-invasive, fully automated, and highly-regulated monitoring of rodent’s sleep/wake activity.
The device consists of a floor-sensor board that detects the vibrations when the mouse moves in its home-cage. A motor is fixed under the floor-sensor board that turns the rotating bar to keep the animal awake.
The system operates four units interfacing one computer via USB cable. The screenshots of the system using a vibration signal that is used to assess active or inactive (‘sleep’), and an infrared array is utilized for the detection of location and locomotion of the animal.
The Bowman Style Rodent Restrainer holds rodents up to 750g. Rodents can be placed by removing the upper rods and replacing them after insertion. Alternatively, they can be placed through an access porthole in the rear. The front “guillotine” door can be adjusted and locked into three possible positions. This door has stainless steel “spring loaded” lock. Suction cup feet on the white plastic base secure the device during use.
Microsurgery is performed under magnification employing advanced diploscopes, specialized precision tools, and various operating procedures, based on delicate manipulation of microstructures that require highly precise and reliable instruments.
The microsurgical methods are primarily used for vascular anastomosis, nerve coaptation, tissue transplantation, and reattachment of the amputated body parts of the rodents.