Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d'Aquitaine (UMR5287)

Aquitaine Institute for Cognitive and Integrative Neuroscience

Université de Bordeaux

Zone nord Bat 2 2ème étage
146, rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux cedex


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CNRS Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Université de Bordeaux

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Neurocampus Unitéde Formation de Biologie


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Sourioux M, Bestaven E, Guillaud E, Bertrand S, Cabanas M, Milan L, Mayo W, Garret M, Cazalets JR J Neurosci Methods. 2017 Nov 29;295:51-57. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2017.11.016.

by Loïc Grattier - published on , updated on

3-D motion capture for long-term tracking of spontaneous locomotor behaviors and circadian sleep/wake rhythms in mouse.

In our laboratory we developed a new original method based on 3D mocap systems that allows long-term (days to months) simultaneous tracking of locomotion in mouse cohorts. The Simultaneous tracking of locomotor movement is performed in tens of freely behaving animals in their home cages. Our cost effective system for making continuous and fully automated long-term recordings (up to 3 months) does not require separate monitoring devices for the individual animal. Data are collecte with superior spatial and temporal resolution (<1 mm; <10 ms). Recording can be performed at all ambient light levels, including during total darkness. Our method generates manageable amounts of data at minimal costs. The actigraphic data collected allows circadian and ultradian analysis of sleep/wake behaviors to be performed.