Leucocyte profiles and H/L ratios in chicks of Red-tailed Tropicbirds reflect the ontogeny of the immune system

@article{Dehnhard2010LeucocytePA,
  title={Leucocyte profiles and H/L ratios in chicks of Red-tailed Tropicbirds reflect the ontogeny of the immune system},
  author={Nina Dehnhard and Petra Quillfeldt and Janos C. Hennicke},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
  year={2010},
  volume={181},
  pages={641-648}
}
Immune defence is fundamentally important for the survival prospects of young animals. While innate immunity offers initial protection from a variety of pathogens, acquired immunity responds more specifically to pathogens, but is considered to be more costly and to respond slower. Moreover, the acquired immunity is not yet fully developed in neonatal chicks. Little is known about the ontogeny of the immune system of wild birds. Long-lived seabirds, with their slow chick development, are good… CONTINUE READING