New strategy aims to reduce transplant rejection
from By Sharee Ann Narciso
UC San Francisco researchers have recently developed a two-pronged approach to the problem of organ transplantation rejections seen in recipients. The strategy aims to weaken specific immune responses that affect transplanted tissue. The results in controlled mouse experiments have shown promise so far: 70 percent of the mice did not reject the transplants without using any long-term immunosuppressive treatment. The goal of the strategy is to spare patients from having to undergo lifelong immunosuppression and to help treat Type 1 diabetes and similar autoimmune diseases.
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