David Bos has characterized major histocompatibility complex (MHC) variation in a population of wild tiger salamanders. Despite MHC monomorphism in immunodeficient axolotls (Laurens et al. 2001, Eur J Immun 31:506), David found plenty of variation in congeneric tiger salamanders (Bos and DeWoody 2005; Bos et al. 2008). Evidence from a variety of other vertebrates suggests this variation may be maintained by both natural selection and sexual selection (i.e., mate choice). Similarly, Nick Marra has studied the immunogenetics of heteromyid rodents and in so doing has identified a number of genes that might be active targets of selection (Marra and DeWoody 2014). Kendra Abts is identifying MHC genes in koala to benefit their captive breeding program, and Jenny Antonides has sequenced the bananaquit genome to identify genes involved in host-parasite coevolution.
J. Andrew DeWoody
Bos D.H. & DeWoody J.A. (2005) Molecular characterization of major histocompatibility complex class II alleles in wild tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum). Immunogenetics 57, 775-781.
Bos D.H., Gopurenko D., Williams R.N. & DeWoody J.A. (2008) Inferring population history and demography using microsatellites, mitochondrial DNA, and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes. Evolution 62:1458-1468.
Marra N.J. & DeWoody J.A. (2014) Transcriptomic characterization of the immunogenetic repertoires of heteromyid rodents. BMC Genomics 15:929 | DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-15-929
Abts K.C., Ivy J. & DeWoody J.A. (2015) Immunomics of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Immunogenetics 67:305-321.
Tracy K.E., Kiemnec-Tyburczy K.M., DeWoody J.A., Parra-Olea G. & Zamudio K.R. (2015) Positive selection drives the evolution of a major histocompatibility complex gene in an endangered Mexican salamander species complex. Immunogenetics 67:323-335.
Antonides J., Ricklefs R.E. & DeWoody J.A. (2016) The genome sequence of the bananaquit (Passeriformes: Coereba flaveola) and characterization of the immunogenetic repetoire. Immunogenetics, in press.