Native to Madagascar, mouse lemurs are the smallest, fastest reproducing, and among the most abundant primates in the world, and an emerging model organism for primate biology, behavior, health and conservation (Ezran et al (2017) Genetics 206, 651-664). Although much has been learned about their physiology and their ecology and phylogeny, little is known about their cellular and molecular biology. The Tabula Microcebus is the result of an international collaborative effort involving the CZ Biohub, many groups at Stanford, the CNRS-MNHN (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Brunoy, France), and groups at HKUST, Cornell, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore), and UCSF. We used droplet- and plate-based single cell RNA sequencing to profile over 220,000 cells from 27 mouse lemur organs humanely and opportunistically obtained. We defined hundreds of mouse lemur cell types and their full gene expression profiles, including most classical cell types plus dozens of apparently novel cell types and cell states. The atlas provides a cellular and molecular foundation for studying this primate model organism, and a general approach for establishing other emerging model organisms. View the article bioRxiv article here.
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We are grateful for the long term collaboration of those who have been studying mouse lemurs for decades and helped inspire and enable this study including colleagues at the Centre ValBio (Madagascar), MNHN-Brunoy (France), Duke Lemur Center, Baylor Human Genome Center, University of Veterinary Medicine-Hannover (Germany), and University of Montpellier (France).