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Thoracic Spinal Cord Hemisection Surgery and Open-Field Locomotor Assessment in the Rat

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10.3791/59738-v

June 26th, 2019

June 26th, 2019

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1Department of Neurosciences, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Montréal, 2Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, 3Groupe de Recherche sur le Système Nerveux Central (GRSNC), Université de Montréal

The rat thoracic spinal hemisection is a valuable and reproducible model of unilateral spinal cord injury to investigate the neural mechanisms of locomotor recovery and treatment efficacy. This article includes a detailed step-by-step guide to perform the hemisection procedure and to assess locomotor performance in an open-field arena.

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