Description

The self administration chamber from MazeEngineers come with everything you need for operant lead self administration. The chamber comes with a Sound attenuating cubicle with light/fan, syringe pump system, cage with two port lights and retractable levers, shock floor grid, and two pellet receptacles.

Price & Dimensions

Mouse

$ 7890

Per Month
  • Single chamber size: 18cm (l) x 18cm (w) x 20cm (h)
  • (2) Levers or Nose Pokes
  • (2) LED visual stimuli
  • (1) Shock Grid
  • (2) Pellet Receptacles
  • (2) Pellet Dispenser
  • (1) Syringe pump system
  • Feces and urine tray
  • Isolation cubicle with (1) speaker, (1) house light, (1) circulation fan, (1) IR light after fan
  • Comes with Conduct Software

Rat

$ 8190

Per Month
  • Single chamber size: 26cm (l) x 26cm (w) x 25cm (h)
  • (2) Levers or Nose Pokes
  • (2) LED visual stimuli
  • (1) Shock Grid
  • (2) Pellet Receptacles
  • (2) Pellet Dispenser
  • (1) Syringe pump system
  • Feces and urine tray
  • Isolation cubicle with (1) speaker, (1) house light, (1) circulation fan, (1) IR light after fan
  • Comes with Conduct Software

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Features

Key Hardware Components

  • Up to 16 isolation cubicles (sound-attenuating chambers)
  • Up to 16 Self-Administration chambers
  • Up to 16 chamber control boxes
  • One main controller
  • Simple and easy wire connections like pull-out floors
  • Latest new technologies like wireless connections

 Isolation Cubicle Components

  • Dimensions 60 x 55 x 65 cm (width x depth x height)
  • Multi-layer sound-proof insulation material that attenuates environment disturbance
  • LED house light (manual)
  • Automated ambient light
  • Automated IR light
  • Automated air circulation fan
  • Cameral holder
  • Pull-out floor shelf

Self-Administration Chamber Components

  • Mouse chamber
  • Two nose poke apertures
  • Two cue lights in the apertures
  • One pellet dispenser
  • Infusion pump
  • Frequency tone
  • Shock grid
  • Shocker (optional)

Mouse Chamber

  • The chamber is made of aluminum frame and acrylic walls
  • Interaction panel color: default black; other colors is also available per user request
  • Other sidewall colors: clear
  • Chamber interior dimension (custom dimensions are available):
    • Mouse – 18 x 18 x 20 cm (width x depth x height)
    • Rat – 26 x 26 x 25 cm (width x depth x height)
  • Removable grid floor
    • Mouse rod diameter: 4mm, spacing 5 mm
    • Rat rod diameter: 6mm, spacing 10mm
  • The look & feel is like the pictures. The chamber control box is outside of the cubicle to eliminate the power light inside the cubicle

Two Levers

  • Two levers are made of stainless steel and mounted on the interaction panel
  • Width: 1.6 cm for rats and 1 cm for mice

Two Nose-poke Apertures

  • Two nose poke apertures are mounted on the interaction panel, 1 cm above the floor
  • Nose poke aperture dimension: 1.3 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm width x height x depth
  • Each aperture is equipped with an infrared sensor capable of detecting the insertion of the animal’s nose
  • Nose poke behaviors are used to determine the infusion reward or pellet reward

Two Cue Lights

  • Each aperture is equipped with a cue light of configurable colors (white, red, green or blue)
  • The light on/off is controlled by the program

Pellet Dispenser

  • The pellet dispenser is controllable by the program. It delivers a pellet to the food receptacle given a certain condition. The sensor on the receptacle detects animal nose pokes for food.
  • 20 mg pellet dispenser is the default choice (tested with pellets from Bio-Serv).
  • 45 mg pellet dispenser is also available

Intravenous (IV) Drug Infusion

  • Syringe pump interior diameter 12 mm
  • Configurable pump speeds 0.5 – 60 RPM
  • Configurable single infusion and maximum infusion amount
  • Vascular access harness
  • Tether kit for mouse
  • Most infusion parts are from Instech Laboratories

Frequency tone

  • A speaker per chamber
  • Frequency tone – 100-20,000Hz frequency; volume 1-130dB 
  • Independent sound frequency and volume control for each chamber

Shocker (optional)

  • Shock current from 0.1 to 4.0 mA in 0.1 mA steps, programmable control
  • Start/stop is controlled by software or manually

Control boxes

  • Each chamber unit has one control box that controls the operations of the corresponding self-administration chamber.

Main controller

  • Up to 16 control boxes – each self-administration chamber has one control box that controls its operations
  • The main controller connects to up to 16 chamber control boxes via wireless communication. The wireless eliminates many cable connections between the main controller and all (up to 16) chamber control boxes
  • The main controller connects to the PC via a USB (RS-232) cable and communicates with Maze Engineers Self-Administration software (Conduct Self-Administration) on the PC

Software Implementation

  • The Conduct Self-Administration software is used to configure and run experiments
  • The software allows the protocol setting per chamber or per group so that both control and treatment (drug) groups can be tested simultaneously with the same or different parameters.
  • The software supports up to 16 chambers simultaneously
  • The software allows chambers to start/stop and run independently
  • Have implemented many reward models including the probability model
  • Collaborate closely with the user on software enhancements