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Ecological and evolutionary implications of immunological priming in invertebrates

Little, Tom J. and Kraaijeveld, Alex R. (2004) Ecological and evolutionary implications of immunological priming in invertebrates Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 19, (2), pp. 58-60. (doi:10.1016/j.tree.2003.11.011).

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Invertebrates have an immune response that differs considerably from the acquired immune response found in vertebrates. However, new studies indicate that past experience with a pathogen can provide individual invertebrates, or their descendants, with enhanced immunity. This prophylactic effect, termed immunological priming, is functionally similar to the acquired immune response in vertebrates. This newfound complexity of invertebrate immunity begs investigation into the conditions under which immunological priming should evolve, and its consequences for population dynamics.

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Published date: February 2004
Additional Information: My contributions consisted of generating ideas and co-writing the paper


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Date deposited: 16 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:48

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