Reporting Data on Auditory Brainstem Responses (ABR) in Rats: Recommendations Based on Review of Experimental Protocols and Literature


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Domarecka E., KALCIOĞLU M. T. , MUTLU A. , oezguer A., Smit J., Olze H., ...More

BRAIN SCIENCES, vol.11, no.12, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/brainsci11121596
  • Title of Journal : BRAIN SCIENCES
  • Keywords: auditory brainstem responses, experimental conditions, rats, gender, strain, INDUCED HEARING-LOSS, SPRAGUE-DAWLEY RATS, KETAMINE ANESTHESIA, LABORATORY-ANIMALS, EVOKED-POTENTIALS, NOISE, AGE, ACCLIMATIZATION, TRANSPORTATION, MICE

Abstract

Research in hearing science is accelerating, and a wealth of data concerning auditory brainstem responses (ABR) in various animal models is published in peer-reviewed journals every year. Recently, we reviewed studies using ABR measurements in tinnitus rat models. We found significant discrepancies in the outcomes of these studies, some due to different research approaches and others due to different methodologies. Thus, the present work aimed to collect comprehensive information on all factors influencing ABR recordings in rats and compile recommendations on ABR data reporting. A questionnaire with queries about animal husbandry, transfer, handling, and the exact test conditions before, during, and after ABR recordings was sent to 125 researchers who published the relevant studies between 2015 and 2021. Eighteen researchers provided detailed answers on factors related to ABR measurements. Based on the analysis of the returned questionnaires, we identified three domains reflecting animal-, equipment-, and experiment-dependent factors that might influence the ABR outcome, thus requiring reporting in published research. The analysis of survey results led to the compilation of recommendations for reporting ABR outcomes supported by a literature review. Following these recommendations should facilitate comparative and meta-analyses of ABR results provided by various research groups.