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Front Immunol. 2016 Dec 23;7:650. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2016.00650. eCollection 2016.

Autologous and Allogenous Antibodies in Lung and Islet Cell Transplantation.

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Norton Thoracic Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center , Phoenix, AZ , USA.
Baylor Research Institute , Dallas, TX , USA.
Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute , Dallas, TX , USA.


The field of organ transplantation has undoubtedly made great strides in recent years. Despite the advances in donor-recipient histocompatibility testing, improvement in transplantation procedures, and development of aggressive immunosuppressive regimens, graft-directed immune responses still pose a major problem to the long-term success of organ transplantation. Elicitation of immune responses detected as antibodies to mismatched donor antigens (alloantibodies) and tissue-restricted self-antigens (autoantibodies) are two major risk factors for the development of graft rejection that ultimately lead to graft failure. In this review, we describe current understanding on genesis and pathogenesis of antibodies in two important clinical scenarios: lung transplantation and transplantation of islet of Langerhans. It is evident that when compared to any other clinical solid organ or cellular transplant, lung and islet transplants are more susceptible to rejection by combination of allo- and autoimmune responses.


antibody; graft rejection; islet of Langerhans; lung; transplantation

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