Intense flight and endotoxin injection elicit similar effects on leukocyte distributions but dissimilar effects on plasma-based immunological indices in pigeons.

@article{Matson2012IntenseFA,
  title={Intense flight and endotoxin injection elicit similar effects on leukocyte distributions but dissimilar effects on plasma-based immunological indices in pigeons.},
  author={Kevin David Matson and Nicholas P C Horrocks and B Irene Tieleman and Eberhard Haase},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2012},
  volume={215 Pt 21},
  pages={
          3734-41
        }
}
Most birds rely on flight for survival. Yet as an energetically taxing and physiologically integrative process, flight has many repercussions. Studying pigeons (Columba livia) and employing physiological and immunological indices that are relevant to ecologists working with wild birds, we determined what, if any, acute immune-like responses result from bouts of intense, non-migratory flight. We compared the effects of flight with the effects of a simulated bacterial infection. We also… CONTINUE READING
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