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Fuchs, Helmut; Aguilar-Pimentel, Juan Antonio; Amarie, Oana V.; Becker, Lore; Calzada-Wack, Julia; Cho, Yi-Li; Garrett, Lillian; Hölter, Sabine M.; Irmler, Martin; Kistler, Martin; Kraiger, Markus; Mayer-Kuckuk, Philipp; Moreth, Kristin; Rathkolb, Birgit; Rozman, Jan; Silva Buttkus, Patricia da; Treise, Irina; Zimprich, Annemarie; Gampe, Kristine; Hutterer, Christine; Stoeger, Claudia; Leuchtenberger, Stefanie; Maier, Holger; Miller, Manuel; Scheideler, Angelika; Wu, Moya; Beckers, Johannes; Bekeredjian, Raffi; Brielmeier, Markus; Busch, Dirk H.; Klingenspor, Martin; Klopstock, Thomas; Ollert, Markus; Schmidt-Weber, Carsten; Stoeger, Tobias; Wolf, Eckhard; Wurst, Wolfgang; Yildirim, Ali Oender; Zimmer, Andreas; Gailus-Durner, Valerie and Hrabe de Angelis, Martin (2018): Understanding gene functions and disease mechanisms: Phenotyping pipelines in the German Mouse Clinic. In: Behavioural Brain Research, Vol. 352: pp. 187-196

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Since decades, model organisms have provided an important approach for understanding the mechanistic basis of human diseases. The German Mouse Clinic (GMC) was the first phenotyping facility that established a collaboration-based platform for phenotype characterization of mouse lines. In order to address individual projects by a tailor-made phenotyping strategy, the GMC advanced in developing a series of pipelines with tests for the analysis of specific disease areas. For a general broad analysis, there is a screening pipeline that covers the key parameters for the most relevant disease areas. For hypothesis-driven phenotypic analyses, there are thirteen additional pipelines with focus on neurological and behavioral disorders, metabolic dysfunction, respiratory system malfunctions, immune-system disorders and imaging techniques. In this article, we give an overview of the pipelines and describe the scientific rationale behind the different test combinations.

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