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Unifying external and internal immune defences

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Otti, Oliver ; Tragust, Simon ; Feldhaar, Heike:
Unifying external and internal immune defences.
In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Vol. 29 (2014) Issue 11 . - pp. 625-634.
ISSN 1872-8383
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2014.09.002

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External immune defence, such as antimicrobial secretions, is not generally viewed as part of the immune system. Nevertheless, it constitutes a first barrier to pathogens and manipulates the microbial environment. Hygienic measures from the protection of oneself or conspecifics, of the nesting site, or of stored food might be more efficient with secreted antimicrobials. Here, we argue that antimicrobial secretions represent an extended arm of the immune system, forming an underappreciated selective force in the evolution of immune systems. Integrating external immunity into the immune system and general host physiology provides an amenable concept for the understanding of immune system variation and life-history trade-offs. Future research should evaluate complementary or additive roles of antimicrobial secretions in relation to internal immunity.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER124981
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heike Feldhaar
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 09:01
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2015 09:20
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/10803