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Reproducibility of endurance capacity and VO2peak in male Sprague-Dawley rats.
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PMID:  19213934     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The rat model of treadmill running is an invaluable tool for the investigation of experimentally and pathologically induced alterations in exercise performance. Interpretation of such data often presumes knowledge of the within-rat reproducibility of performance measures; however, the literature is bereft of this information. We tested the hypothesis that within-rat exercise endurance capacity and peak O(2) uptake (Vo(2peak)) are highly reproducible across five measurements spanning approximately 5 wk when assessed with treadmill performance protocols. Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 13) performed five graded exercise tolerance tests to fatigue and five maximal exercise tests on a motor-driven treadmill for determination of endurance capacity and Vo(2peak), respectively. There were no differences (P = 0.47) in average time to fatigue among any of the five exercise tolerance tests (average range 45.9-52.1 min), and the average within-rat coefficient of variation (CV) over the five runs was 0.13. There were no differences (P > 0.05) among the average CVs from any consecutive weekly exercise tolerance tests (range of 4 CVs 0.06-0.10). As expected with the increase in body mass, relative Vo(2peak) decreased (average range from 80.1 to 75.7 ml x min(-1) x kg(-1), P < 0.05) throughout the five maximal exercise tests. However, there were no differences (P = 0.63) in the average within-rat CVs among any consecutive Vo(2peak) tests (range of 4 CVs 0.03-0.04), and the average within-rat CV for all five tests was 0.06. The present data obtained from the protocols described herein demonstrate that within-rat measurements of endurance capacity and Vo(2peak) are highly reproducible. These results have significant implications for improving and refining exercise testing and experimental designs.
Steven W Copp; Robert T Davis; David C Poole; Timothy I Musch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-02-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)     Volume:  106     ISSN:  8750-7587     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Appl. Physiol.     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-01     Completed Date:  2009-05-29     Revised Date:  2013-09-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502536     Medline TA:  J Appl Physiol (1985)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1072-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Kinesiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anaerobic Threshold / physiology*
Body Weight / physiology
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Conditioning, Animal / physiology*
Physical Endurance / physiology*
Rats, Sprague-Dawley
Reproducibility of Results

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