Differential resource allocation in deer mice exposed to sin nombre virus.

@article{Lehmer2007DifferentialRA,
  title={Differential resource allocation in deer mice exposed to sin nombre virus.},
  author={Erin M. Lehmer and Christine A. Clay and Eric Wilson and Stephen C. St. Jeor and M. Denise Dearing},
  journal={Physiological and biochemical zoology : PBZ},
  year={2007},
  volume={80 5},
  pages={514-21}
}
The resource allocation hypothesis predicts that reproductive activity suppresses immunocompetence; however, this has never been tested in an endemic disease system with free-ranging mammals. We tested the resource allocation hypothesis in wild deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) with natural exposure to Sin Nombre Virus (SNV). Immunocompetence was estimated from the extent of swelling elicited after deer mice were injected with phytohemagglutinin (PHA); swelling is positively correlated with… CONTINUE READING