Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-56483
Richter, S H; Garner, J P; Zipser, B; Lewejohann, L; Sachser, N; Touma, C; Schindler, B; Chourbaji, S; Brandwein, C; Gass, P; van Stipdonk, N; van der Harst, J; Spruijt, B; Võikar, V; Wolfer, D P; Würbel, H (2011). Effect of population heterogenization on the reproducibility of mouse behavior: a multi-laboratory study. PLoS ONE, 6(1):e16461.
|Published Version (English)|
In animal experiments, animals, husbandry and test procedures are traditionally standardized to maximize test sensitivity and minimize animal use, assuming that this will also guarantee reproducibility. However, by reducing within-experiment variation, standardization may limit inference to the specific experimental conditions. Indeed, we have recently shown in mice that standardization may generate spurious results in behavioral tests, accounting for poor reproducibility, and that this can be avoided by population heterogenization through systematic variation of experimental conditions. Here, we examined whether a simple form of heterogenization effectively improves reproducibility of test results in a multi-laboratory situation. Each of six laboratories independently ordered 64 female mice of two inbred strains (C57BL/6NCrl, DBA/2NCrl) and examined them for strain differences in five commonly used behavioral tests under two different experimental designs. In the standardized design, experimental conditions were standardized as much as possible in each laboratory, while they were systematically varied with respect to the animals' test age and cage enrichment in the heterogenized design. Although heterogenization tended to improve reproducibility by increasing within-experiment variation relative to between-experiment variation, the effect was too weak to account for the large variation between laboratories. However, our findings confirm the potential of systematic heterogenization for improving reproducibility of animal experiments and highlight the need for effective and practicable heterogenization strategies.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy|
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
610 Medicine & health
|Deposited On:||28 Jan 2012 20:16|
|Last Modified:||26 Nov 2012 11:10|
|Publisher:||Public Library of Science|
|WoS Citation Count:||5|
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