DOES GALALPHA(1,3)GAL STILL PLAY A ROLE IN XENOGRAFT DESTRUCTION AFTER THE PRODUCTION OF GAL KNOCKOUT PIGS?

Grant number: 315407

Abstract

Advances in surgical and immunosuppressive techniques has led to organ transplantation as the method of choice for the treatment of many diseases. However, the number of suitable donors is dwindling, due to many factors, but largely as a result of the reduction in deaths from car accidents. Xenotransplantation, the transplanting of organs from species other than humans, is now seen as a viable solution to the world wide problem of lack of supply of suitable human donors. The pig is the most suitable for a variety of reasons. However, the problem is that all humans contain natural antibodies to the pig which would lead to rejection within a few minutes as the antibodies bind to the transplant..

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