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Tissue Antigens. 1979 Nov;14(5):449-52.

Primary biliary cirrhosis associated with HLA-DRw3.

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  • 1Department of Immunology, Liver Unit, Hospital Clínico y Provincial, Barcelona, Spain.


Twenty-one unrelated Caucasian patients with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis were typed for HLA-A, B, C and HLA-DRw antigens. The antigens HLA-Al, HLA-B8 and HLA-DRw3 were found in increased frequency in relation to the control group. When the P values were corrected for the number of antigens tested only the increase of HLA-DRw3 remained significantly different from the control group (P crr. < 0.004). The antigen HLA-DRw3 was carried by 12 out of 21 patients (57.1%) in comparison to 11 out of 74 (14.8%) normal unrelated Caucasian subjects.

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