Together, these players defend the body against attacks by various foreign invaders, particularly microbes, which tend to cause infections. However, given that these organisms end up causing harm to the host, it is the role of the immune system to protect the body against them. Although the immune system plays an important role in protecting the body from various foreign invaders, there are cases in which it attacks healthy body cells resulting in diseases and allergies etc. It is for this reason that tissue transplants are rejected in some cases.

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Discovery[ edit ] The discovery of the MHC and role of histocompatibility in transplantation was a combined effort of many scientists in the 20th century.

A genetic basis for transplantation rejection was proposed in a Nature paper by C. Little and Ernest Tyyzer , which showed that tumors transplanted between genetically identical mice grew normally, but tumors transplanted between non-identical mice were rejected and failed to grow. These factors were in fact one and the same, and the locus was named H Snell coined the term "histocompatibility" to describe the relationship between the H-2 cell-surface proteins and transplant acceptance.

This is especially important for pancreas and kidney transplants. Due to the inherited nature of HLA genes, family members are more likely to be histocompatible. However, variability due to crossing over , haplotypes may rearrange between generations and siblings may be intermediate matches.

While whole organ transplants can be successful between unmatched individuals, increased histocompatibility lowers rates of rejection, result in longer lifespans, and overall lower associated hospital costs. Serological Typing[ edit ] Serological typing involves incubating lymphocytes from the recipient with serum containing known antibodies against the varying HLA alleles. A lysed cell will take up an added dye such as trypan blue allowing for identification.

Comparing which serums triggers cell lysis allows identification of HLA alleles present on the cell surface of the recipients cells. However, it does not recognize subclasses of alleles, which are sometimes necessary for matching.

Sequence specific oligonucleotide probes, sequence specific primer PCR amplification, and direct sequencing can all be used to identify HLA alleles, often providing amino acid level resolution. Molecular methods can more accurately identify rare and unique alleles, but do not provide information about expression levels.


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Immunology : understanding the immune system

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Immunology: Understanding The Immune System, 2nd Edition

Vikus The University of Queensland. He has spent almost 32 years teaching immunology to undergraduate and graduate students and has won numerous teaching awards. Understanding The Immune System. Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. There is no CD with the book, no supporting website, etc. Blends biology, clinical science, genetics, and molecular imminology of the immune system to provide a complete account of our knowledge of immunology New features include full-color artwork and design, over immunolkgy new figures, and text that has been completely revised to reflect the very latest references Incorporates a ikmunology of pedagogical aids to assist students in the learning process, including chapter outlines, objectives, and summaries, as well as a self-evaluation section. I purchased this book a few months ago for the course I am taking.

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