Olfactory signals and the MHC: a review and a case study in Lemur catta

  title={Olfactory signals and the MHC: a review and a case study in Lemur catta},
  author={L. Knapp and J. Robson and J. S. Waterhouse},
  journal={American Journal of Primatology},
  • L. Knapp, J. Robson, J. S. Waterhouse
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • American Journal of Primatology
  • The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is the most polymorphic genetic system known in vertebrates. Decades of research demonstrate that it plays a critical role in immune response and disease resistance. It has also been suggested that MHC genes influence social behavior and reproductive phenomena. Studies in laboratory mice and rats report that kin recognition and mate choice are influenced by olfactory cues determined at least in part by an individual's MHC genes. This issue has… CONTINUE READING
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