Cell transcriptomic atlas of the non-human primate Macaca fascicularis

Nature. 2022 Apr;604(7907):723-731. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04587-3. Epub 2022 Apr 13.


Studying tissue composition and function in non-human primates (NHPs) is crucial to understand the nature of our own species. Here we present a large-scale cell transcriptomic atlas that encompasses over 1 million cells from 45 tissues of the adult NHP Macaca fascicularis. This dataset provides a vast annotated resource to study a species phylogenetically close to humans. To demonstrate the utility of the atlas, we have reconstructed the cell-cell interaction networks that drive Wnt signalling across the body, mapped the distribution of receptors and co-receptors for viruses causing human infectious diseases, and intersected our data with human genetic disease orthologues to establish potential clinical associations. Our M. fascicularis cell atlas constitutes an essential reference for future studies in humans and NHPs.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Communication
  • Macaca fascicularis* / genetics
  • Receptors, Virus / genetics
  • Transcriptome* / genetics
  • Wnt Signaling Pathway


  • Receptors, Virus