Topical Collection "Fish Immunity: From Genomes to Functional Understanding"


Prof. Dr. Brian Dixon
Collection Editor
Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. W, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada
Interests: fish immunology; environmental immunology; MHC; cytokines; aquaculture
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Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fish immunology is an area of study which is critical for the modern world. Due to the fact that capture fisheries peaked in production 20 years ago, today, more than 50% of the fish consumed worldwide are now produced by aquaculture. In addition, climate change and pollution threaten wild fish populations around the globe. Finally, fish are a diverse group of organisms that have invaded a multitude of niches in both fresh and salt water and thus have developed many unique mechanisms and adaptations that, although based on the same cells and molecules as sharks and tetrapods, produce immune systems that work in unique ways that inform us about the basic principles and evolution of immunity in general.

Fish immunology is at a very intriguing point as a science. Thanks to genomic studies, we now have a framework of knowledge that can inform our experiments into how fish immune systems work, and many labs around the world are developing the cellular and molecular tools that will provide clear answers to the question of how fish immune proteins and cells work. This collection will be home for studies that fit all along that spectrum.

Prof. Dr. Brian Dixon
Guest Editor

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  • teleost
  • shark
  • fish
  • immunology
  • cell
  • cytokine
  • immunoglobulin
  • receptor
  • innate immunity
  • adaptive immunity

Published Papers

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