Hind-limb motor ability in Lewis rats during the onset and recovery phases of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis

R. D. Simmons, C. C A Bernard, K. T. Ng, P. R. Carnegie

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Hind-limb motor function in adult female Lewis rats with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) was investigated using an objective behavioral measurement of motor ability. Rats were pretrained to avoid falling from the external surface of a power-driven running wheel. The performance of EAE-group rats on the wheel was then compared with that of saline and adjuvant controls immediately prior to the onset of clinical signs of EAE, and within 3 days of apparent recovery from EAE. Results indicate no apparent hind-limb motor dificit in the absence of overt clinical signs of EAE, despite histological evidence of severe inflammatory lesions persisting in the central nervous system (CNS) at the time of the post-recovery test. The remarkably transient nature of motor impairment is discussed within the context of a continuing search for the underlying cause(s) of clinical signs of EAE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-114
Number of pages12
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 1981
Externally publishedYes


  • EAE
  • hind-limb motor ability
  • Lewis rats
  • myelin basic protein

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