Avian Immunology, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123972728
  • ISBN-13: 9780123972729
  • DDC: 571.9618
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 456 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released February 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The second edition of Avian Immunology provides an up-to-date overview of the current knowledge of avian immunology. From the ontogeny of the avian immune system to practical application in vaccinology, the book encompasses all aspects of innate and adaptive immunity in chickens. In addition, chapters are devoted to the immunology of other commercially important species such as turkeys and ducks, and to ecoimmunology summarizing the knowledge of immune responses in free-living birds often in relation to reproductive success.

The book contains a detailed description of the avian innate immune system, encompassing the mucosal, enteric, respiratory and reproductive systems. The diseases and disorders it covers include immunodepressive diseases and immune evasion, autoimmune diseases, and tumors of the immune system. Practical aspects of vaccination are examined as well. Extensive appendices summarize resources for scientists including cell lines, inbred chicken lines, cytokines, chemokines, and monoclonal antibodies.

The world-wide importance of poultry protein for the human diet, as well  as the threat of avian influenza pandemics like H5N1 and heavy reliance on vaccination to protect commercial flocks makes this book a vital resource. This book provides crucial information not only for poultry health professionals and avian biologists, but also for comparative and veterinary immunologists, graduate students and veterinary students with an interest in avian immunology.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
List of Contributors.
1: The Importance of the Avian Immune System and Its Unique Features.
2: Structure of the Avian Lymphoid System.
3: Development of the Avian Immune System.
4: B Cells, the Bursa of Fabricius and the Generation of Antibody Repertoires.
5: Avian T Cells: Antigen Recognition and Lineages.
6: Structure and Evolution of Avian Immunoglobulins.
7: Innate Immune Responses.
8: The Avian MHC.
9: Avian Antigen-Presenting Cells.
10: Avian Cytokines and Chemokines.
11: Immunogenetics and the Mapping of Immunological Functions.
12: The Mucosal Immune System.
13: The Avian Enteric Immune System in Health and Disease.
14: The Avian Respiratory Immune System.
15: The Avian Reproductive Immune System.
16: Avian Immunosuppressive Diseases and Immunoevasion.
17: Factors Modulating the Avian Immune System.
18: Autoimmune Diseases of Poultry.
19: Tumors of the Avian Immune System.
20: Practical Aspects of Poultry Vaccination.
21: Comparative Immunology of Agricultural Birds.
22: Ecoimmunology.
Appendix A: Genetic Stocks for Immunological Research.
Appendix B: Resources for Studying Avian Immunology.