It is an established fact that when warm-blooded animals are inoculated with foreign protein, in a great many instances they become immune, due to the formation of antibodies specific for the protein injected. In warm-blooded animals the body temperature is constant. The question naturally arises as to what the situation would be with regard to antibody formation in a cold-blooded animal where body temperature is not constant; also what part, if any, the temperature of the body would have to do with the antibody formation.
In a careful review of the literature practically nothing could be found in having direct bearing on the solution to this question. In order, then, to investigate this problem, a series of experiments was conduction on the cold-blooded animals kept at two different temperatures. The were inoculated with a foreign protein, a definite time was allowed for antibodies to form and their blood tested to determine the presence or absence of antibodies.
Antibodies, Homeothermic Mammals
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McDaniel, Earl C.. "A Study of the Relation of Temperature to Antibody Formation in Cold-Blooded Animals." (1937). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/biol_etds/194