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Mating and immunity in invertebrates.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17028056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mating and immunity are intimately linked to fitness. In both vertebrates and invertebrates, recent investigations into mate choice for immunity, tradeoffs between reproduction and immunity, and the relationships between post-mating processes and immune function have revealed that mating and immunity are also intimately linked to each other. Here, we focus on invertebrates and critically examine the evidence that immunity is under sexual selection, both pre- and post-mating, and explore other hypotheses linking mating and immunity. We find little evidence for a consensus regarding which theories best account for the accumulating empirical data. However, we suggest that progress can quickly be made by exploiting the intrinsic strengths of invertebrate model systems.
Mara K N Lawniczak; Andrew I Barnes; Jon R Linklater; James M Boone; Stuart Wigby; Tracey Chapman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2006-10-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in ecology & evolution     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0169-5347     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Ecol. Evol. (Amst.)     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-25     Completed Date:  2007-04-16     Revised Date:  2011-05-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8805125     Medline TA:  Trends Ecol Evol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  48-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biology, Darwin Building, University College London, London, WC1E 6BT, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Arthropods / immunology*,  physiology
Reproduction / immunology
Selection, Genetic
Sexual Behavior, Animal / physiology*

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