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- noun Movement of an organism in response to contact with a solid body.
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- noun In biology, the movement of cells and of organisms in relation to contact with foreign solid bodies.
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- noun (Physiol.) The property possessed by living protoplasm of contracting, and thus moving, when touched by a solid or fluid substance.
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- noun biology The
movementof an organismeither towards or away from the stimulusof physical contact.
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There is also thigmotaxis, a response to touch, rheotaxis, a response to water currents, and a number of others.
Since Mbnl1 −/− mice showed increased thigmotaxis, but the cause of this anxiety-related behavior is unclear, we further tested these mutants in the elevated plus maze, another anxiety test.
Mbnl1 −/− mice was performed both excluding and including mice that exhibited more than 10% thigmotaxis at the end of training.
Increased thigmotaxis exhibited by the Inactivation of Six5 or Dmpk does not affect anxiety or general motor activity in the Open Field task.
We measured thigmotaxis (amount of time in the outer versus inner zone), and general activity levels (velocity and total distance travelled).
Six5 −/− (white, n = 7) mutant mice display normal thigmotaxis, velocity and distance travelled compared to their
Mbnl1 −/− mice exhibited high levels of thigmotaxis, a behavior indicative of anxiety.
Mbnl1 −/− and Mbnl+/+ mice exhibiting > 10% thigmotaxis on the last day of training were excluded from these analyses.
Open Field activity, the first behavioral test performed, was assessed to examine generalized activity and thigmotaxis
The Water Maze has non-spatial components such as swim velocity, latency or pathlength during acquisition and thigmotaxis as well as spatial components, such as spatially-selective search strategies during probe trials in which the hidden platform is removed