The Promethion Core is a metabolic and behavioral phenotyping system. One, high-resolution respirometry correlates accurate energy expenditure with changes in behavior. Two, water vapor compensation enables respirometry analysis >3 days and longitudinal studies. Three, integration of high-resolution sensors measure general activity; body mass and food/liquid consumed; voluntary exercise via a running wheel; and induced exercise via a metabolic treadmill. Four, the Promethion Live software monitors the system performance in real-time, evaluates experiment progress, and reports data.
The UID Rodent Matrix is an RFID reader board placed under each cage to record location, movement and temperature. The system enables noninvasive, undisturbed and continuous monitoring of group-housed rodents in a home cage setting. The data is automatically collected, and is available throughout the course of the study in real-time. The system provides a practical and flexible solution in a scalable framework to fit all needs and budgets. The system is compatible for monitoring as little as one static cage and scaling up for monitoring hundreds of cages from high-density IVC rack systems.