Overview of the fish adaptive immune system

Chris J. Secombes, Rodrigo Belmonte*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter describes the immune responses that are elicited by vaccination of fish and that are key to providing protection against future encounter with these same pathogens. The cells and molecules involved are outlined, and the different functions they have within the immune system are detailed. The potential to use these responses as markers of protection is discussed and areas for future study are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBirkhauser Advances in Infectious Diseases
EditorsAlexandra Adams
Place of PublicationBasel, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Basel
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-0348-0980-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-0348-0978-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameBirkhauser Advances in Infectious Diseases
ISSN (Print)2504-3811
ISSN (Electronic)2504-3838


  • Head kidney
  • Major histocompatibility complex
  • Major histocompatibility complex molecule
  • Rainbow trout
  • Teleost fish


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