Book Chapter

Alloreactivity

SBG Eckle, J Rossjohn, J McCluskey, AA Zachary, MS Leffell

Transplantation Immunology: Methods and Protocols | Methods in Molecular Biology | Humana Press | Published : 2013

Abstract

The alloimmune response between individuals genetically disparate for antigens encoded within the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) remains a substantial barrier to transplantation of solid organs, tissues, and hematopoietic stem cells. Alloreactivity has been an immunological paradox because of its apparent contradiction to the requirement of MHC restriction for the induction of normal T lymphocyte mediated immune responses. Through crystallographic analyses and experimental systems utilizing murine CD8 + cytolytic T cell clones, major advances have been achieved in understanding the molecular and structural basis of T cell receptor recognition of MHC-peptide complexes and the basis ..

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