© 1996

Immunology and Developmental Biology of the Chicken

  • Olli Vainio
  • Beat A. Imhof

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 212)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. P. E. Funk, C. B. Thompson
    Pages 17-28
  3. C. H. Chen, A. Six, T. Kubota, S. Tsuji, F.-K. Kong, T. W. F. Göbel et al.
    Pages 37-53
  4. F. J. Sanchez-Garcia, W. T. McCormack
    Pages 55-69
  5. T. W. F. Göbel, C. H. Chen, M. D. Cooper
    Pages 107-117
  6. F. Dieterlen-Lievre, I. Godin, L. Pardanaud
    Pages 119-128
  7. E. W. Müllner, H. Dolznig, H. Beug
    Pages 175-194
  8. C. D. Stern
    Pages 195-206
  9. P. Francis-West, C. Tickle
    Pages 239-259

About this book


The chicken is a useful model for research into the basic features of immunology because its immune system functions in a way similar to that of human beings and because the chicken embryo is easily accessed experimentally. This book is a collection of comprehen­ sive articles updating chicken embryogenesis and immunology. It is now clear that it is possible to produce transgenic chickens by embryonic stem cell manipulation and transfer into the oocyte. Alternatively, the chick offers us the possibility of producing somatic chimeras by manipulating embryonic cells at the primitive streak or earlier stages. Working with later em­ bryos, we can learn the principles involved in the positioning of organ anlagen such as the limb bud. It is shown in this book that these structures are formed by appropriate cell and tissue arrangements driven by molecular factors. Work on the chicken has contributed substantially to our understanding of basic immunology, including the graft-vs. -host reaction, the clonal reactivity of immunocompetent cells, sepa­ ration of the T and B cell lineages, somatic diversification of the B cell repertoire by immunoglobulin (Ig) class switching, anti­ body diversification, Ig gene conversion, and the origin of the hematopoietic stem cell precursor of lymphoid and myeloid cells. Hematopoietic stem cells emerge successively from sev­ eral embryonic sites such as the yolk sac, the aorta, and the mesentery near the aorta.


Hämatopoese Immunologie Monoclonal Antibodies T cell antibody biology cell development developmental biology embryo hematopoiesis immunology

Editors and affiliations

  • Olli Vainio
    • 1
  • Beat A. Imhof
    • 1
  1. 1.Basel Institute for ImmunologyBaselSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Immunology and Developmental Biology of the Chicken
  • Editors Olli Vainio
    Beat A. Imhof
  • Series Title Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-60585-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-80059-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-80057-3
  • Series ISSN 0070-217X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 281
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Immunology
    Cell Biology
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