Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) – Serum Antigens – Tumor Markers
The primary use for human leukocyte antigen (HLA) testing is to match organ and tissue transplant recipients with compatible donors. It identifies the major HLA genes a person has inherited and the corresponding antigens (proteins) that are present on the surface of their cells. These antigens help the body’s immune system distinguish which cells are “self” and which are “foreign” or “non-self.” Any cells that are recognized as “non-self” can trigger an immune response, including the production of antibodies.
Specific HLA genes or antigens are identified during HLA typing for organ and tissue transplant compatibility. The genes and/or antigens of transplant recipients are compared to those of potential donors. Results indicate how many antigens match and how many mismatches are present. The greater the number of matches the more likely the transplant will succeed. “0 mismatches” indicates a high probability that the organ or tissue will not be rejected by the recipient.
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