A specific pathogen free (SPF) barrier colony of breeding marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) was established at the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. Rodent and other animal models maintained as SPF barrier colonies have demonstrated improved health and lengthened lifespans enhancing the quality and repeatability of aging research. The marmosets were screened for two viruses and several bacterial pathogens prior to establishing the new SPF colony. Twelve founding animals successfully established a breeding colony with increased reproductive success, improved health parameters, and increased median lifespan when compared to a conventionally housed, open colony. The improved health and longevity of marmosets from the SPF barrier colony suggests that such management can be used to produce a unique resource for future studies of aging processes in a nonhuman primate model.
Ross, Corinna N.; Austad, Steven; Brasky, Kathy; Brown, Celeste J.; Forney, Larry J.; Gelfond, Jonathan A.; Lanford, Robert; Richardson, Arlan; and Tardif, Suzette D., "The development of a specific pathogen free (SPF) barrier colony of marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) for aging research" (2017). Biology Faculty Publications. 4.