Non-human primates (NHP) have been an indispensable part of experimental medicine for centuries. Baboons (Papio spp.) have been extensively used in reproductive research and are a well characterized model of premature labor, endometriosis and pregnancy perturbations. However, the role of naturally occurring infectious agents in reproductive research using these non-human primate species has received less attention. Microbial participation is essential for host functions such as defense, metabolism, and reproduction. The possible role of turbulences in the placental microbial communities has been linked to preterm deliveries . Changes in the fecal microbiome have been recently recognized as an essential part of both inflammation  and pregnancy . This chapter will describe the most common infectious pathologies in baboons and their influence on reproductive research.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Monkeys: Brain Development, Social & Hormonal Mechanisms and Zoonotic Diseases|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)