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BACKGROUND Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) can be a major complication of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation even when the donor and recipient are siblings and share identical major histocompatibility antigens. The explanation may be a mismatch of minor histocompatibility antigens. We previously characterized five minor histocompatibility antigens,(More)
We analyzed the HLA-A, -B, -C, -DR and -DQ phenotypes of 2,440 healthy, unrelated, Dutch Caucasoid blood donors and of 20,814 Dutch blood donors who were registered as volunteer bone marrow or platelet donors. Phenotype and gene frequencies, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium fit and homozygosity were calculated as well as 2- and 3-locus haplotype frequencies,(More)
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is characterized by the chromosomal translocation t(9;22) resulting in the chimeric bcr-abl oncogene that encodes the P210 fusion protein, which contains a unique amino acid sequence. If peptides derived from the leukemia-specific part of P210 are expressed in HLA molecules on the cell membrane of leukemic cells, an(More)
In the present study, DNA typing for HLA-A, C, B, DRB1, DRB3, DRB4, DRB5, DQA1, DQB1, and DPB1 was performed for 246 healthy, unrelated Greek volunteers of 20-59 years of age. Phenotype, genotype frequencies, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium fit, and 3-locus haplotype frequencies for HLA-A, C, B, HLA-A, B, DRB1, HLA-DRB1, DQA1, DQB1, and HLA-DRB1, DQB1, DPB1 were(More)
CML is characterized by the chromosomal translocation t(9;22) (q34;q11) resulting in the chimeric bcr-abl oncogene that encodes P210 fusion proteins with novel amino acid sequences in the breakpoint region. If these peptides derived from P210 are presented by HLA molecules on the cell membrane of leukemic cells an immunological response may occur. Recent(More)
The association between cervical neoplasia and certain HLA phenotypes observed in different studies has not been consistent. By serological typing, the association between HLA antigens, cervical carcinoma and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) was studied in a group of 172 and 116 patients, respectively. We demonstrated an increased frequency of B63(More)
To calculate reliable HLA gene and haplotype frequencies of bone marrow donors in various regions in the world, we have analyzed the HLA-A, -B, and -DR phenotype frequencies of 18 bone marrow donor registries with a total of more than 300,000 HLA-A, -B-typed donors. These registries were included in the 22nd edition of Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide. Maximum(More)
Vaccination with peptides recognized by antigen-specific CTLs can prevent lethal virus infections and tumor growth. In order to avoid the synthesis and testing of the numerous overlapping peptide of long AA sequences of proteins of interest, we developed a computer program which utilizes the rules, "motifs" which govern how peptides bind to HLA class I(More)
Large data sets like the Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW) data set can be used for population genetic analyses. The qualities of such data sets are unique. To be able to use the BMDW data for analyses, several problems, like limited size and selective DR typing, of the data have to be solved and the quality of the registry data subsets has to be(More)