Human Leukocyte Antigen Epitope Matching in Solid Organ Transplantation

Clin Lab Med. 2018 Dec;38(4):595-605. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2018.07.004. Epub 2018 Oct 5.


HLA epitope matching provides a better approach to stratify patients at risk of developing antibody-mediated rejection compared with counting HLA mismatches. However, several immunologic parameters are not incorporated into these algorithms used to assess HLA epitopes, raising questions about the predictive value of these programs. Therefore, it is imperative to obtain more 3D structural data of antibody-antigen binding to "train" these computer algorithms. Also, mechanistic studies should be performed to prove these theoretic "epitopes." Most important, more information is needed to ensure these predictive computer algorithms are equitable and safe to use in clinical diagnostics before wide-scale implementation.

Keywords: Allorecognition; B cell; Epitope; T cell; Transplantation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • B-Lymphocytes / chemistry
  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Computational Biology
  • Epitopes*
  • HLA Antigens*
  • Histocompatibility Testing*
  • Humans
  • T-Lymphocytes / chemistry
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Transplantation*


  • Epitopes
  • HLA Antigens