Right vs. left sensorimotor cortex suction-ablation in the rat: no difference in beam-walking recovery

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The ability of rats to traverse a narrow elevated beam has been used to quantitate recovery of hindlimb motor function after unilateral injury to the sensorimotor cortex. We tested the hypothesis that the rate of spontaneous beam-walking recovery varies with the side of the cortex lesion. Groups of rats that were trained at the beam-walking task underwent suctoin-ablation of either the right or left hindlimb sensorimotor cortex. There was no difference in hindlimb motor function between the groups on the first post-operative beam-walking trial carried out the day after cortex ablation and no difference between the groups in overall recovery rates over the next two weeks. Subsequent analyses of lesion surface parameters showed no differences in lesion size or extent. Regardless of the side of the lesion, there were also no differences between the right and left hemispheres in norepinephrine content of the lesioned or contralateral cortex. We conclude that the side of sensorimotor cortex ablation injury does not differentially affect the rate of spontaneous motor recovery as measured with the beam-walking task.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 13 1995

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author thanks Sarah Bullman for her excellent technical assistance. This work was supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs.


  • Cortex
  • Motor function
  • Norepinephrine
  • Rat
  • Recovery
  • Stroke
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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