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. 1999 Sep;60(9):862-6.
doi: 10.1016/s0198-8859(99)00026-9.

Matching for TNF Microsatellites Is Strongly Associated With Matching for Other non-HLA MHC Sequences in Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor-Recipient Pairs

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Matching for TNF Microsatellites Is Strongly Associated With Matching for Other non-HLA MHC Sequences in Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor-Recipient Pairs

C Witt et al. Hum Immunol. .

Abstract

The use of unrelated donors for bone marrow transplantation is associated with an increased morbidity and mortality when compared with HLA identical siblings. We have demonstrated previously that matching of unrelated donors and recipients for TNFa microsatellites is correlated with lower CTLp frequencies. Matching of unrelated donors and recipients for other non-HLA sequences in the major histocompatibility complex has been reported to result in less graft-versus-host disease and improved survival. It has been argued that matching for non-HLA sequences in the MHC in addition to the HLA genes themselves results in matching for the entire MHC and is therefore the equivalent of providing an HLA identical sibling donor. In order to test this hypothesis we have examined TNFa microsatellites of unrelated donor recipient pairs in whom matching for HLA loci, non-HLA sequences near HLA B (beta-block markers) and non-HLA sequences near DRB1 (delta-block markers) had been determined. All 17 patients who were matched for HLA and non-HLA markers were also matched for TNF microsatellites. This data supports the idea that matching for HLA genes and non-HLA markers results in matching at all other loci in the MHC.

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