Mounting a specific immune response increases energy expenditure of the subterranean rodent Ctenomys talarum (tuco-tuco): implications for intraspecific and interspecific variation in immunological traits.

@article{Cutrera2010MountingAS,
  title={Mounting a specific immune response increases energy expenditure of the subterranean rodent Ctenomys talarum (tuco-tuco): implications for intraspecific and interspecific variation in immunological traits.},
  author={Ana Paula Cutrera and Roxana Rita Zenuto and Facundo Luna and Carlos Daniel Antenucci},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={213 5},
  pages={715-24}
}
It was recently hypothesised that specific induced defences, which require substantial time and resources and are mostly beneficial against repeated infections, are more likely to be favoured in 'slow-living-pace' species. Therefore, understanding how different types of immune defences might vary with life history requires knowledge of the costs and benefits of defence components. Studies that have explored the energetic costs of immunity in vertebrates have done so with a focus primarily on… CONTINUE READING

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