The HLA FactsBook


  • Steven Marsh, Anthony Nolan Research Institute, London, U.K.
  • Peter Parham, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.
  • Linda Barber, Anthony Nolan Research Institute, London, U.K.

The HLA FactsBook presents up-to-date and comprehensive information on the HLA genes in a manner that is accessible to both beginner and expert alike. The focus of the book is on the polymorphic HLA genes (HLA-A, B, C, DP, DQ, and DR) that are typed for in clinical HLA laboratories. Each gene has a dedicated section in which individual entries describe the structure, functions, and population distribution of groups of related allotypes. Fourteen introductory chapters provide a beginner's guide to the basic structure, function, and genetics of the HLA genes, as well as to the nomenclature and methods used for HLA typing. This book will be an invaluable reference for researchers studying the human immune response, for clinicians and laboratory personnel involved in clinical and forensic HLA typing, and for human geneticists, population biologists, and evolutionary biologists interested in HLA genes as markers of human diversity.
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Researchers and research clinicians in immunology, immunohematology, genetics, cell and molecular biology, transplantation medicine, autoimmunity, and biochemistry; researchers working in tissue typing laboratories, cancer biology, developmental biology, and researchers involved in genome mapping and sequencing; rheumatologists, endocrinologists, and physicians working on HLA-associated diseases; pharmaceutical industries working on HLA antibodies and kits.


Book information

  • Published: December 1999
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-545025-6


"One might consider this book to be an HLA Thesaurus, which should be on the desk of every serious HLA research. The compilers have done a excellent job." -European Federation for Immunogenetics Newsletter "This information will prove invaluable to each laboratory and I suggest that each should have a copy of this book...the authors deserve our thanks for bringing the present available information together in one text - to do this was no mean feat." -British Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Newsletter "...the data are an absolute treasure...I must have spent days looking for this kind of information in the past." -Immunology Today

Table of Contents

Preface.Abbreviations.The Introductory Chapters:Introduction.Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA) Determine Histocompatibility in Transplantation.The Organisation of HLA Genes Within the HLA Complex.HLA Class I Antigens and Alleles: Workshops and Nomenclature.HLA Class II Antigens and Alleles: Workshops and Nomenclature.HLA Typing at the DNA Level.HLA Class I and II Molecules Present Peptide Antigens to Different Types of T Cell.HLA Class I Molecules Control Natural Killer Cell Function.Three-Dimensional Structures of HLA Class I Molecules.Three-Dimensional Structures of HLA Class II Molecules.HLA Polymorphism, Peptide Binding Motifs and T-Cell Epitopes.Evolution and Anthropology of HLA. HLA and Disease.Alloreactions in Transplantation.The HLA Class I and Class II Loci.