Correlates of immune defenses in golden eagle nestlings.

  title={Correlates of immune defenses in golden eagle nestlings.},
  author={Elisabeth MacColl and Kris Vanesky and Jeremy A Buck and Benjamin M Dudek and Collin A. Eagles-Smith and Julie A Heath and Garth Herring and Chris R Vennum and Cynthia J Downs},
  journal={Journal of experimental zoology. Part A, Ecological and integrative physiology},
  volume={327 5},
An individual's investment in constitutive immune defenses depends on both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. We examined how Leucocytozoon parasite presence, body condition (scaled mass), heterophil-to-lymphocyte (H:L) ratio, sex, and age affected immune defenses in golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) nestlings from three regions: California, Oregon, and Idaho. We quantified hemolytic-complement activity and bacterial killing ability, two measures of constitutive immunity. Body condition and age… CONTINUE READING
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