Ecological and evolutionary implications of immunological priming in invertebrates

T J Little, A R Kraaijeveld

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Invertebrates have an immune response that differs considerably from the acquired immune response found in vertebrates. However, new studies indicate that past experience with a pathogen can provide individual invertebrates, or their descendants, with enhanced immunity. This prophylactic effect, termed immunological priming, is functionally similar to the acquired immune response in vertebrates. This new-found complexity of invertebrate immunity begs investigation into the conditions under which immunological priming should evolve, and its consequences for population dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-60
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004

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