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The HLA FactsBook by Steven G.E. Marsh, Peter Parham, Linda D. Barber

The HLA FactsBook

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The HLA FactsBook by Steven G.E. Marsh, Peter Parham, Linda D. Barber

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. Key features include: introductory chapters provide good general overview of HLA field for novice immunologists and geneticists; up-to-date, complete listing of HLA alleles; and, invaluable reference resource for immunologists, geneticists, and cell biologists. It combines both structural and functional information, which has never been compiled in a single reference book previously. It covers serological specificity of allotypes, identity of material sequenced including ethnic origin, database accession numbers, population distribution, peptide binding specificities, T cell epitopes, amino acid sequences of allotypes and key references.


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

About the Author

Dr. Parham was born in London and read natural sciences at Cambridge University. He began study of the genetic basis of HLA polymorphism in 1973 and has continued this line of research ever since. Dr. Parham is currently Professor of structural biology and microbiology and immunology at Stanfor University. Linda Barber's doctoral and post-doctoral studies examined the structure and function of MHC classI and classII molecules with emphasis on the impact of polymorphism on peptides bound and presented for immune surveillance. Dr. Barber's current interests focus on utilizing our understanding of the role of MHC molecules in T cell and NK cell function to develop improved prophylatic and therapeutic strategies for manipulating immune responses.

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Publication date

13th December 1999


Steven G.E. Marsh, Peter Parham, Linda D. Barber

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Academic Press Inc an imprint of Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc


416 pages


Medical genetics



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