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The mechanisms and genetic basis of immunity trade-offs

Middelburg, T. A. (2010) The mechanisms and genetic basis of immunity trade-offs. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

The trade-off between the immune system and other traits has been studied in some detail. This trade-off is particularly interesting because it could explain the great amount of variation in the expression of traits among individuals. Especially insects are attractive for studying the immune system because their lack of the complex acquired immune system. About the mechanism underlying the trade-off, however, much remains unknown. Recent genetic studies already gave more insight about the genetic basis underlying the mechanism of a trade-off. In this review mechanisms underlying trade-offs between the immune system and other traits found by studies are compared to see if they have a similar basis or are completely different. With the use of genetic studies there will be looked at which evidence is available for the genetic basis underlying the trade-off. It seems that trade-offs between the immune system and other traits are mainly due to resource allocation controlled by a switch like the insulin-receptor pathway. However, trade-offs between the immune system and other traits could also be due to the fact the immune system is harmful for the organism itself.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:31
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:31
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/9264

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