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Cell Stem Cell. 2012 Aug 3;11(2):147-52. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2012.07.014.

Generating an iPSC bank for HLA-matched tissue transplantation based on known donor and recipient HLA types.

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Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory, Cambridge University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ, UK.


The likelihood for immunological rejection of Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA)-mismatched induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) limits their therapeutic potential. Here we show how a tissue bank from 150 selected homozygous HLA-typed volunteers could match 93% of the UK population with a minimal requirement for immunosuppression. Our model provides a practical approach for using existing HLA-typed samples to generate an iPSC stem cell bank that circumvents prospective typing of a large number of individuals.

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