Transfer of Humoral Secretory and Cellular Immunity from Mother to Offspring

  • J. P. Kraehenbuhl
  • C. Bron
  • B. Sordat
Part of the Current Topics in Pathology book series (CT PATHOLOGY, volume 66)


Birth represents a drastic change in the environment of young mammals. During gestation the fetus is protected from contact with foreign antigens and microorganisms to which the mother is exposed. At birth when newborns begin to breathe and ingest food, they are challenged by a large variety of antigens and microorganisms. The young develop a primary immune response that does not afford significant protection against infection. Its inability to adequately respond immunologically is not entirely a consequence of immunologic immaturity, but also results from a lack of prior immunologic experience. Thus, survival is ensured by the newborn’s early feeble response as well as by transfer of humoral, secretory, and cellular immunity of material origin.


Mammary Gland Fetal Membrane Absorptive Cell Coated Vesicle Secretory Immunoglobulin 
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