A critical role for transforming growth factor-beta in donor transfusion-induced allograft tolerance.

Abstract

Donor-specific (DST) or nonspecific blood transfusions administered before transplantation can enhance survival of vascularized allografts both in humans and animals but the immunological mechanisms of this effect remain unclear. We have analyzed the expression and the role of endogenous TGF-beta1 in a model of heart allograft tolerance, induced by pregraft… (More)

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