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The field of organ transplantation is entering a very exciting phase in which tolerance induction may become a therapeutic possibility. The induction of tolerance would allow patients to enjoy the benefits of their transplanted organ without risking the mortality and morbidity associated with long-term pharmacological immunosuppression. In this review, we explore the immunobiology of solid organ transplantation, discussing the immunological mechanisms responsible for allograft rejection, and outlining the rational behind a range of successful experimental tolerance induction strategies.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Int Surg

Publication Date

10/1999

Volume

84

Pages

279 - 290

Keywords

Animals, Graft Rejection, Humans, Immunosuppressive Agents, Organ Transplantation, T-Lymphocytes, Transplantation Immunology, Transplantation, Homologous