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1 UW Biology of Addiction Lab 5: Worms on DrugsUW Biology of Addiction
2 Learning Targets Hypothesis: I can predict whether my worm was given a stimulant, depressant or the placebo by examining pulse rate changes in the wormsSuccess CriteriaObserve the effects of drugs on the physiological function of living organismsPerform double-blind experimentsObtain, refine and analyze quantitative dataInvestigate blood pressure and pulse as peripheral measures of drug action
3 Materials Lumbriculus variegatus (California Blackworms) Stereoscope Wax slide with groovesDisposable pipettes to transfer wormsDisposable pipette to dose wormsMystery solutions: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, C3TimerPond waterDrugging chambersDetox ChamberBlood Pressure MonitorCaffeinated sodaDe-Caffeinated sodaData tables ready
4 Model I: PreLabesC/htdocs/INT-ANIMA-dbv-vel.htm Q1: What happens to this blood vessel? What physiological purpose does it serve (hint: this worm has no heart)? A1:
5 Model IIQ2: What can you conclude about the impact of this drug on systolic blood pressure? Be thorough and consider what the * means.A2:Q3: If you didn’t already consider this, what is the placebo and why is it used?A3:Q4:Is this drug a stimulant or depressant? How can you tell?A4:Now analyze the following graph…
6 Model II: Pre-Labculty/DrewesC/htdocs/INT- ANIMA-LvDBV-mid.htmQ6:How many events occur in a minute? Come up with 3-4 things that might change this rateA6:For Q6, “events” refers to the organisms pulse which looks like an eye winkingTo answer Q6, we will observe pulses occurring in 10 seconds, 3xs and take the averageWe will measure beats per minute for each worm separately, BEFORE and AFTER drug treatmentQ7: Why do a before and after test on each worm?A7:
7 Background: Careful with the live subjects Read over lab instructions regarding the worms.They are very sensitive to stimulation of all typesSteady contact with worm, pipette and slideDarkness turn off the stereoscope when not in use and keep the light as dim as you can.
8 Background: Double Blind Experiments Neither subjects nor researchers know who’s in the control group and who’s in the experimental group.Experimental Group= given MV, but doesn’t know itControl Group= given placebo, but doesn’t‘ know itResearcher doesn’t know which subjects are in the experimental group or in the control group
9 Background: Double Blind Experiments Why do we use a double blind experiment?Avoid placebo effect, to control for subject’s and researcher’s expectationsPlacebo = A type of controlIn medicine, substance that’s pharmacologically inactive but could result in therapeutic effect soley based on power of suggestionAre 2 experiments in this week’s lab double-blind or not, why?you won’t know which drug you are giving to your worm (researcher blind), neither does your worm (subject blind)you won’t know which kind of cola you’re drinking (subject blind), neither does your lab partner (researcher blind)
10 Part I (Procedure)Become comfortable adjusting and focusing the stereoscope.Keep the light as dim as possible while working with the worm.Obtain 1 worm from worm tank: Using a wax covered slide and the worm transfer pipette, gently suck up ONE worm into the pipette.Align the pipette tip with the slot on the slide and release the worm into the slot. Let excess water roll off.Use the tip of the pipette to gently nudge the worm into position as needed.Now you are ready to get baseline pulse rates.
11 Part I (Procedure) To get the worms baseline pulse rate: Calculate beats/min by counting how many “pulses” you observe in 30 seconds and x 2.Take several measurements (at least 3) and average them.Do this for each worm separately.Be sure to record on the data table.
12 Part I (Procedure) Drug your worm in the following way: Take up a small squirt of your designated drug.Use the labeled pipette for the drug you were assigned to use.Hold the slide/worm over the drugging chamber at an angle and squirt the solution onto the worm, washing it down into the drugging chamber.
13 Part I (Procedure)Wait 15 minutes for the drug to take effect on the worm and recount the worm’s pulse post drugging.Do this 3 times and average, recording these pulse rates on the data table.When you are done obtaining data on this worm, flush it down into the detox beaker with pond water.Repeat this procedure for your second worm and assigned drug.DetoxBeaker
18 Data Tables Period 3 Code A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2 C3 What drug was it? 2mM Caffeine4mM Caffeine0.005mM Nicotine0.05mM NicotinePond Water1:40 dilutionEthanol1:20 dilution EthanolPulse Change56%5.5%-59%65%-4.7%11%37%Soda A=Soda B=
19 Part IIYou may have down time while you are waiting on your worms. Do Part II, as time permits and if you have NOT consumed caffeine today.Take a baseline BP (blood pressure) and pulse rate using the BP machine.To do this: be seatedPlace the cuff snuggly on your arm as shown.Wait until you get a zero display.Press the button to start the reading.Record you initial BP and pulse rate.Obtain a cup of soda and drink it. Note the letter on the side of the cup (A or B) and record it.Wait 10 minutes and take another BP and pulse reading and record.
20 Part IIWhich Soda? (A or B)PulseBPPre-SodaPost SodaQ8: You will get three numbers from the BP machine, what does each mean? What is considered normal? A8:
21 Clean-Up Turn off light on stereoscope Wipe off stereoscope stage Place blackworms in detox beakerRinse off your wax slide with pond waterReturn all drug samplesIf you did Part II, please dispose of your cupReturn lab packets to front table
22 Post Lab QuestionsWhat is the value of computing the percent pulse rate change?What is the difference seen with different dosages?Why would the pulse change without drug treatment?What is a double blind experiment? You were given the code for each drug… does this count as a double blind experiment?Don’t for get to write a CEC formatted conclusion
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