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dc.contributor.authorHopkins, Brittney C.
dc.contributor.authorChin, Stephanie Y.
dc.contributor.authorWillson, John D.
dc.contributor.authorHopkins, William A.
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-07T18:29:39Z
dc.date.available2014-02-07T18:29:39Z
dc.date.issued2013-07
dc.identifier.citationHopkins, Brittney C.; Chin, Stephanie Y.; Willson, John D.; et al., "Like mother, like offspring: maternal and offspring wound healing correlate in snakes," J Exp Biol 216, 2545-2547 (2013); doi: 10.1242/_jeb.084202
dc.identifier.issn0022-0949
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/25339
dc.description.abstractImmune function early in life can be influenced by parental effects and the environment, but it remains unclear how these two factors may interact to influence immunocompetence. We evaluated maternal and environmental contributions to offspring healing ability in a viviparous reptile, the northern watersnake (Nerodia sipedon). We measured wound healing rates, a highly integrative and biologically relevant measure of innate immunity, of females and their offspring collected from sites contaminated with a toxic heavy metal and compared them with those of individuals from reference sites. We found that female watersnakes that healed the fastest produced offspring that also exhibited faster healing rates. However, we detected no influence of environmental pollution on maternal or offspring healing rates. To our knowledge, our study is the first to correlate maternal and offspring wound healing ability in a wild vertebrate.
dc.description.sponsorshipE. I. DuPont de Nemours
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherCompany of Biologists Ltd.
dc.subjectparental effects
dc.subjectimmunocompetence
dc.subjectmaternal transfer
dc.subjectmercury
dc.subjectWATERSNAKES NERODIA-SIPEDON
dc.subjectIMMUNE FUNCTION
dc.subjectTRANSFERRED MERCURY
dc.subjectIMMUNOCOMPETENCE
dc.subjectBIOACCUMULATION
dc.subjectRESPONSIVENESS
dc.subjectEXPOSURE
dc.subjectLATENT
dc.subjectRIVER
dc.subjectTITS
dc.titleLike mother, like offspring: maternal and offspring wound healing correlate in snakes
dc.typeArticle - Refereed
dc.identifier.urlhttp://jeb.biologists.org/content/216/14/2545.full.pdf+html
dc.date.accessed2014-02-04
dc.title.serialJournal of Experimental Biology
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.084202


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