Mate choice decisions of stickleback females predictably modified by MHC peptide ligands.

@article{Milinski2005MateCD,
  title={Mate choice decisions of stickleback females predictably modified by MHC peptide ligands.},
  author={Manfred Milinski and Si{\^a}n Wyn Griffiths and K Mathias Wegner and T. B. H. Reusch and Annette Haas-Assenbaum and Thomas Allen Boehm},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2005},
  volume={102 12},
  pages={
          4414-8
        }
}
Sexual selection has been proposed as one mechanism to explain the maintenance of high allelic diversity in MHC genes that control the extent of resistance against pathogens and parasites in natural populations. MHC-based sexual selection is known to involve olfactory mechanisms in fish, mice, and humans. During mate choice, females of the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) use an odor-based selection strategy to achieve an optimal level of MHC diversity in their offspring… CONTINUE READING
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