HMDPpheno5 project protocol

Hematological parameters in males of 83 strains of mice in the Hybrid Mouse Diversity Panel (HMDP)   (2013)

Davis RC, van Nas A, Bennett BJ, Eskin E, Lusis AJ
With: Orozco L, Pan C, Rau CD

HMDPpheno5 Protocol

Project protocol - Contents

Workflow and sampling

Data collected
Mice fasted 4-5 h
Mice anesthetized
3 Blood collected from retro-orbital plexus Capillary tubes -
4 Complete blood cell profiling Hematology analyzer
Cell counts, RBC parameters, hemoglobin, hematocrit, platelet counts and volume

Equipment and supplies

  • EDTA-coated glass capillary tubes
  • HemaTrue Veterinary Hematology Analyzer (Heska, Loveland CO)

Reagents and solutions

  • See instructions for HemaTrue Veterinary Hematology Analyzer


Mice shipped from vendor at 6-10 wks of age and acclimated for several weeks; tested at 16 wks.

Procedure: Hematology

    1. Mice fasted 4-5 h.
    2. Mice anesthetized 2-3 h after beginning of the light cycle.
    3. Blood collected from retro-orbital plexus into EDTA-coated glass capillary tubes.
    4. Samples analyzed using HemaTrue Veterinary Hematology Analyzer following manufacturer instructions.

Data collected by investigator

  • complete blood counts
  • RBC parameters
  • hemaglobin
  • hematocrit
  • platelet count and volume