Submitted to: Avian Pathology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: January 30, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: This book contains the reviewed proceedings of a meeting of the Avian Immunology Research Group (AIRG) held at Reading University 3/20-24/94. The AIRG is an international group of scientists with interests and expertise in many facets of avian immunology that comes together annually to share and discuss results, reagents, ideas and collaborations. The concise papers in this book are an important record and useful byproduct of the meeting. Eight papers describe development and functions of lymphocytes and accessory cells. Many of these involve the development of monoclonal antibodies to chicken cells, or their use in various research procedures. Nine papers address immunogenetics and mapping of immune competence genes. This section highlights the definition, variability and expression of immunologically relevant MHC genes, particularly in regard to disease resistance. However, one review also addresses genomic mapping of additional immunological genes. A major research effort is underway to define cytokines of chickens and this is the subject of five papers, most of which address chicken interferons. Ten papers that address vaccines, immunity and disease will be of interest to most readers of Avian Pathology. Articles pertaining to Newcastle's disease, Marek's disease, coccidiosis and haemorrhagic enteritis virus, and reviewing mucosal immunity and immunological principles of vaccination of poultry will be particularly enlightening. This book has been over a year in publication and therefore some reports are somewhat outdated, but many contain new immunological concepts in development and most provide useful citations. This book is recommended to anyone concerned with avian immunity and disease resistance.