Prenatal passive transfer of maternal immunity in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).

Abstract

Asian (Elephas maximus) and African (Loxodonta africana) elephants exhibit characteristics of endotheliochorial placentation, which is common in carnivore species and is associated with modest maternal to fetal transplacental antibody transfer. However, it remains unknown whether the bulk of passive immune transfer in elephants is achieved prenatally or… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.vetimm.2013.03.008

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