THE MEASUREMENT OF RECTAL AND TESTIS TEMPERATURE IN CONSCIOUS MICE, WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE EFFECT OF DIRECT HEATING

Authors
  1. Cairnie, A.B.
  2. Prud'homme-Lalonde, L.
  3. Harding, R.K.
  4. Zuker, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The application of Newton's law of cooling to freshly killed mice was found not to measure accurately their rectal or testis temperature. Improvements in the fitting process gave satisfactory results for rectal temperature only. A diffusion model was applied to testis cooling but was of no avail. Finally a satisfactory correction factor was determined empirically. The method was applied to conscious mice whose hindquarters were immersed in a stirred oilbath at 34 to 42C for 1 h, and to controls. It was found that both rectal and testis temperatures increased with bath temperature, producing a graph with a slope of only 0.5, indicating a regulatory capacity. Conscious mice, but not anaesthetised, can maintain a testis temperature of 39C in a bath at 42C.
Report Number
812 —
Date of publication
01 Jan 1980
Number of Pages
6
Reprinted from
Phys Med Biol, vol 25, no 2, 1980, p 317-322
DSTKIM No
80-02133
CANDIS No
89820
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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