Evidence of an interannual effect of maternal immunization on the immune response of juveniles in a long-lived colonial bird.

@article{Staszewski2007EvidenceOA,
  title={Evidence of an interannual effect of maternal immunization on the immune response of juveniles in a long-lived colonial bird.},
  author={Vincent Staszewski and Julien Gasparini and Karen D. Mccoy and Torkild Tveraa and Thierry Boulinier},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={76 6},
  pages={1215-23}
}
Little is known about the maternal transfer of antibodies in natural host-parasite systems despite its possible evolutionary and ecological implications. In domestic animals, the maternal transfer of antibodies can enhance offspring survival via a temporary protection against parasites, but it can also interfere with the juvenile immune response to antigens. We tested the functional role of maternal antibodies in a natural population of a long-lived colonial seabird, the kittiwake (Rissa… CONTINUE READING