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Social Immunity in Amphibians: Evidence for Vertical Transmission of Innate Defenses
Article first published online: 2 MAY 2011
© 2011 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2011 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 396–400, July 2011
How to Cite
Walke, J. B., Harris, R. N., Reinert, L. K., Rollins-Smith, L. A. and Woodhams, D. C. (2011), Social Immunity in Amphibians: Evidence for Vertical Transmission of Innate Defenses. Biotropica, 43: 396–400. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2011.00787.x
- Issue published online: 6 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 2 MAY 2011
- Received 27 December 2010; revision accepted 9 March 2011.
- antimicrobial peptide;
- Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis;
- disease ecology;
- Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum;
- skin defense;
- symbiotic microbiota
Amphibian embryos are at risk of microbial infection. Here we find evidence that innate immune defenses, both antimicrobial skin peptides and mutualistic microbiota, of adult glass frogs, Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum, can be transmitted to embryos deposited on leaves above rain forest streams in Panama and can inhibit the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
Abstract in Spanish is available at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/btp.