Kevin D Matson
Affiliation: University of Missouri-St. Louis
- A hemolysis-hemagglutination assay for characterizing constitutive innate humoral immunity in wild and domestic birdsKevin D Matson
Department of Biology, University of Missouri, 8001 Natural Bridge Road, St Louis, MO 63121 4499, USA
Dev Comp Immunol 29:275-86. 2005..8-8.0 titers) vary significantly among species. Accordingly, this assay can be used to compare constitutive innate humoral immunity among species and with respect to age, sex, and experimental treatments within populations...
- No simple answers for ecological immunology: relationships among immune indices at the individual level break down at the species level in waterfowlKevin D Matson
Department of Biology, University of Missouri, St Louis, MO 63121 4499, USA
Proc Biol Sci 273:815-22. 2006..We conclude that one measure of each assay type may be required to maximally characterize immune function in studies of a single species, while the same is not true in studies among species...
- Are there differences in immune function between continental and insular birds?Kevin D Matson
Department of Biology, University of Missouri, St Louis, MO 63121, USA
Proc Biol Sci 273:2267-74. 2006..These increases might signal that systems of acquired humoral immunity and immunological memory are less important or dysfunctional in island populations...
- Capture stress and the bactericidal competence of blood and plasma in five species of tropical birdsKevin D Matson
Department of Biology, University of Missouri, St Louis, 63121, USA
Physiol Biochem Zool 79:556-64. 2006..One hour of acute stress reduced killing ability by up to 40%. This assay is expected to be useful in evolutionary and ecological studies dealing with physiological and immunological differences in birds...
- Disease ecology in the Galápagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis): host genetic diversity, parasite load and natural antibodiesNoah Kerness Whiteman
Department of Biology and International Center for Tropical Ecology, University of Missouri St Louis, St Louis, MO 63121, USA
Proc Biol Sci 273:797-804. 2006..This is the first study linking inbreeding, innate immunity and parasite load in an endemic, in situ wildlife population and provides a clear framework for assessment of disease risk in a Galápagos endemic...
- Variation in the innate and acquired arms of the immune system among five shorebird speciesLuisa Mendes
Department of Marine Ecology and Evolution, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, NIOZ, PO Box 59, 1790 AB Den Burg, Texel, The Netherlands
J Exp Biol 209:284-91. 2006..Our results indicate that relationships between immune response and infection are not likely to follow a broad general pattern, but instead depend on type of parasite exposure, among other factors...