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The Antibody Response of Teleost Fish


Morrison, RN and Nowak, BF, The Antibody Response of Teleost Fish, Seminars in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine, 11, (1) pp. 46-54. ISSN 1055-937X (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1053/saep.2002.28241


Intensively farmed fish are periodically subjected to stressful conditions, and this can lead to outbreaks of disease. Historically, disease in farmed fish was managed by the administration of chemotherapeutants. However, with the increase in antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, high cost of chemotherapy, short-term nature of protection, and public concerns about the use of chemicals, alternatives have been pursued. Although the first report of fish vaccination was published in the 1940s, it was not until the late 1970s that vaccination as a means of disease prevention became economic. Fish possess the ability to produce an antibody response to most antigens. However, a significant antibody response to an antigen does not always correlate with protection. Conversely, protection can be achieved without a significant antibody response. Here, we discuss the nature, expression, and distribution of fish immunoglobulin, including factors affecting the antibody response and uses of antibody in terms of immune status or exposure to pathogens. Copyright © 2002 by W.B. Saunders Company.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fish pests and diseases
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Morrison, RN (Dr Richard Morrison)
UTAS Author:Nowak, BF (Professor Barbara Nowak)
ID Code:23633
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-05-28

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