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Open Access Extending the Use of Disposable Caging Based on Results of Microbiologic Surface Testing

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Prions are proteinaceous infectious agents that are highly resistant to denaturation. Sterilization of prion-contaminated mouse cages requires chemical agents and increased autoclave temperatures that damage traditional cages, thus increasing facility costs. Disposable cages are a possible alternative that might decrease replacement costs without compromising the environment of the mice. We compared our standard protocol of changing traditional cages and bedding once every 2 wk to an experimental protocol using disposable cages in which only the bedding was changed once every 2 wk over an 8-wk period. We hypothesized that disposable cages would retain an acceptable level of cleanliness (measured by ATP swabs and contact plates) for at least 8 wk when bedding is replaced every 14 d. Results from ATP swabs and contact plates showed no difference between the 2 protocols during the 8-wk experiment. Prolonged use (that is, as long as 8 wk) of disposable cages had no additional environmental concerns, compared with traditional cages.

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Affiliations: 1: Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado;, Email: [email protected] 2: Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Publication date: May 1, 2018

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  • The Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (JAALAS) serves as an official communication vehicle for the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). The journal includes a section of refereed articles and a section of AALAS association news. The mission of the refereed section of the journal is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information on animal biology, technology, facility operations, management, and compliance as relevant to the AALAS membership. JAALAS accepts research reports (data-based) or scholarly reports (literature-based), with the caveat that all articles, including solicited manuscripts, must include appropriate references and must undergo peer review.

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