Will MICA Glitter for Recipients of Kidney Transplants?

Flegel, Willy Albert
September 2007
New England Journal of Medicine;9/27/2007, Vol. 357 Issue 13, p1337
Academic Journal
This editorial comments on a study in this issue which looks at the role of the protein expressing the major-histocompatibility-complex (MHC) class I�related chain A (MICA) antigens in causing rejection in kidney transplants. Despite the huge advances in kidney transplantation and the longer survival rates there are a variety of "minor antigens" that also play a role in rejection and it is believed that the ABO blood-group antigens are the most important.


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