Data from: Maintaining functional major histocompatibility complex diversity under inbreeding: the case of a selfing vertebrate

A. Ellison, J. Allainguillaume, S. Girdwood, J. Pachebat, K. M. Peat, P. Wright, Sofia Consuegra Del Olmo & S. Consuegra
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes encode proteins that present pathogen-derived antigens to T-cells, initiating the adaptive immune response in vertebrates. Although populations with low MHC diversity tend to be more susceptible to pathogens, some bottlenecked populations persist and even increase in numbers despite low MHC diversity. Thus, the relative importance of MHC diversity versus genome-wide variability for the long-term viability of populations after bottlenecks and/or under high inbreeding is controversial. We tested the hypothesis that...
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