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J Med Primatol. 2010 Dec;39(6):389-98. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0684.2010.00422.x.

Clinical chemistry and hematology values in a Caribbean population of African green monkeys.

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St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation, St. Kitts, West Indies.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Hematology and clinical chemistry (HCC) reference values are critical in veterinary practice and in vivo pre-clinical research, enabling detection of health abnormalities, response to therapeutic intervention or adverse toxicological effects, as well as monitoring of clinical management.

METHODS:

In this report, reference ranges for 46 HCC parameters were characterized in 331 wild-caught and colony-bred African green monkeys. Effects of sex, weight and duration of captivity were determined by one-way analysis of variance.

RESULTS:

Significant sex differences were observed for several HCC parameters. Significant differences were also observed for select HCC variables between newly caught animals and those held in captivity for 1-12 months or longer.

CONCLUSIONS:

Comparison of this data with other non-human primate species and humans highlights similarities and disparities between species. Potential causes of interpopulation variability and relevance to the use of the African green monkey as a non-human primate model are discussed.

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