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The use of non-human primate models is required to understand the ageing process and evaluate new therapies against age-associated pathologies. The present article summarizes all the contributions of the grey mouse lemur Microcebus murinus, a small nocturnal prosimian primate, to the understanding of the mechanisms of ageing. Results from studies of both(More)
We assessed cerebral atrophy in mouse lemur primates (Microcebus murinus) by estimating CSF volume in their brains from 4.7 Tesla T2-weighted magnetic resonance images. Thirty animals aged from 1 to 10.3 years were imaged, 14 of them were followed for up to 2 years. Seven of these animals were examined for neuropathology. In 12 out of 17 animals older than(More)
4.7 Tesla T2-weighted magnetic resonance images showed a highly significant signal decrease in the pallidum, substantia nigra, putamen, and a less significant decrease in the thalamus and the caudate of aging mouse lemurs (Microcebus murinus). We evaluated the contribution of iron deposits to the signal decrease comparing Perls' stained histological(More)
Previous histological and behavioral studies of aging mouse lemurs have demonstrated changes similar to those observed in elderly humans and in patients with Alzheimer's disease. We explored 18 animals of ages 6 months to 9 years. Axial T2-weighted images of the brain were performed on a 4.7 Tesla Bruker Biospec 47/30 system. We estimated cerebral atrophy(More)
Mouse lemurs (Microcebus murinus) are prosimian primates described to be convenient models of brain aging. We observed very high correlations between the T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal decrease and the natural logarithm of age in the basal ganglia. The correlation coefficient was higher for the pallidum (r = 0.95, P < 0.0001) than for(More)
Brain functions are known to consume high levels of energy, thus, the integrity of cognitive performance can be drastically impacted by acute caloric restriction. In this study, we tested the impact of a 40% caloric restriction on the cognitive abilities of the grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). Twenty-three male mouse lemurs were divided into two(More)
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