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Avian Immunology

The science underpinning avian immunology is crucial to understanding basic immunological principles and the exceptional features of the avian immune system, as different strategies birds have adopted can provide important evolutionary insights. This book provides the most complete picture of the avian immune system so far. The world-wide importance of poultry protein for the human diet, the threat of an avian influenza pandemic and heavy reliance on vaccination to protect commercial flocks world-wide demonstrates the need to review the important practical lessons in disease control presented here.

Immunologists, cell biologists, pathologists, poultry scientists, vaccinologists and veterinarians. Also zoologists, ecologists, ornithologists and evolutionary biologists interested in using immunological parameters as selection traits for studies on survival and evolution


Published: January 2008

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-370634-8


  • The importance of the avian immune system and its unique featuresStructure of the avian lymphoid systemDevelopment of the avian immune systemB cells, the bursa of Fabricius and the generation of antibody reperotiresAvian T cells: antigen recognition and lineage Structure and evolution of avian immunoglobulinsAvian innate immune responses The avian MHC Avian antigen presenting cellsAvian cytokines and chemokines Immunogenetics and mapping immunological functionsThe avian mucosal immune system The avian enteric immune system in health and diseaseThe avian respiratory immune systemThe avian reproductive immune systemAvian immunosuppressive diseases and immune evasionFactors modulating the avian immune systemAutoimmune diseases of poultryTumours of the avian immune systemPractical aspects of poultry vaccinationComparative immunology of agricultural birdsEcoimmunologyAppendix 1Genetic stocks for immunological researchAppendix 2Resources available for studying avian immunology


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