MHC genes and oxidative stress in sticklebacks: an immuno-ecological approach.

  title={MHC genes and oxidative stress in sticklebacks: an immuno-ecological approach.},
  author={Joachim Kurtz and K Mathias Wegner and Martin Kalbe and T. B. H. Reusch and Helmut Schaschl and Dennis Hasselquist and Manfred Milinski},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={273 1592},
Individual variation in the susceptibility to infection may result from the varying ability of hosts to specifically recognize different parasite strains. Alternatively, there could be individual host differences in fitness costs of immune defence. Although, these two explanations are not mutually exclusive, they have so far been treated in separate experimental approaches. To analyse potential relationships, we studied body condition and oxidative stress, which may reflect costs of immunity… CONTINUE READING
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