Urinary neopterin, a non-invasive marker of mammalian cellular immune activation, is highly stable under field conditions

@inproceedings{Heistermann2015UrinaryNA,
  title={Urinary neopterin, a non-invasive marker of mammalian cellular immune activation, is highly stable under field conditions},
  author={Michael Heistermann and James P Higham},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2015}
}
Studying immunity and immune function in ecology and evolution requires field studies, but there has been a dearth of non-invasive markers of immune activation available for studying large wild mammals. Recently, we analytically and biologically validated the measurement of urinary neopterin (NEO), a biomarker of cellular immune activation, in captive macaques. However, applying this to free-ranging settings is complicated by issues involving sample collection, processing, storage, and… CONTINUE READING
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