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Monkey Kidney Cells with mEmerald-LifeAct and mCherry-LAMP1

The vervet monkey Chlorocebus aethiops has for many years been among the most significant non-human primate models for biomedical research. Vervets are the most populous non-human primate sub-species of Sub-Saharan Africa. In the 17th and 18th Centuries, Europeans brought a number of vervets to the Caribbean islands of Barbados, St. Kitts, and Kevis. The established feral populations have exploded to a current level in the tens of thousands. Most of the vervets used for biomedical experiments and investigations in North America descend from these Caribbean populations. In the digital video sequence in this section, African green monkey kidney epithelial cells (BS-C-1 line) can be seen expressing LifeAct fused to lysosomes tagged with mCherry.