Criscitiello, Michael F.
- Publisher: MDPI
(issn: 2079-7737, eissn: 2079-7737)
shark | humoral immunity | immunoglobulin light chain | antibody | natural selection | immunoglobulin | evolution | teleost | QH301-705.5 | immunoglobulin heavy chain | Review | fish | Biology (General)
The B cell receptor and secreted antibody are at the nexus of humoral adaptive immunity. In this review, we summarize what is known of the immunoglobulin genes of jawed cartilaginous and bony fishes. We focus on what has been learned from genomic or cDNA sequence data, but where appropriate draw upon protein, immunization, affinity and structural studies. Work from major aquatic model organisms and less studied comparative species are both included to define what is the rule for an immunoglobulin isotype or taxonomic group and what exemplifies an exception.