PhenoMaster is an animal-friendly apparatus, creating home-like, stress-reduced environment for tested subjects. The system allows for metabolic characterization of a single animal. It is a modular system, consisting of:

  • metabolic cages (which allow for individual housing of animals)
  • information gathering sensors
  • separate processing/control units (responsible for information processing and data output)
  • computer software

Depending on experimentator’s needs and availability of processing/control units, several parameters can be obtained with PhenoMaster system:

- indirect gas calorimetry (oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production, respiratory exchange ratio calculation as an important factor for indication of energy substrates utilization)

  • food and liquid intake
  • weight of the subject
  • locomotor activity (obtained either with usage of running wheel or infrared beamemitting frames, within “xyz” plane)

PhenoMaster system has been supplied by TSE-systems company: