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The energetic cost of various behaviors in the laboratory mouse.
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PMID:  2870847     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The continuous 12-hr observation of a mouse placed in a respiratory chamber has made it possible to record the succession of behaviors of the animal, as well as the associated variations of CO2 concentrations in the chamber. Ten behaviors have been considered; these included rest, locomotion, sniffing, feeding, drinking, nest building and various types of grooming. These data have been used for the estimation, by means of Kalman filtering, of the energetic cost of each behavior. Thus, at 20 degrees C, these costs vary between 1.51 ml CO2/g/hr (rest) and 4.90 ml CO2/g/hr (locomotion). These costs seem independent of any underlying biological rhythm; they yield basal metabolic estimates and average daily metabolic rates similar to those found in the literature. The low energetic cost of each behavioral bout, as compared to the daily energy intake of the mouse, leads one to believe that the behavioral transitions of this animal are not to be ascribed to energetical reasons. These results have been validated with data obtained from two other mice under similar conditions.
J A Meyer; A Guillot
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Comparative biochemistry and physiology. A, Comparative physiology     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0300-9629     ISO Abbreviation:  Comp Biochem Physiol A Comp Physiol     Publication Date:  1986  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-06-03     Completed Date:  1986-06-03     Revised Date:  2008-10-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1276312     Medline TA:  Comp Biochem Physiol A Comp Physiol     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  533-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Animals, Laboratory
Behavior, Animal*
Energy Metabolism*
Mice, Inbred C3H
Models, Biological
Motor Activity

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