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Unformatted text preview: prevent or minimize the rejection of transplants. Certain HLA antigens may also be associated with increased susceptibility to certain diseases. HLA typing is the process used to identify the exact type of HLA antigens a person has. To determine the suitability of a transplant between two persons, the ABO group must first match. Then HLA typing further tests the chances of a successful transplant. Two main classes of HLAs are tested and matched, Class I HLAs and Class II HLAs. Class I HLAs are found on all cells in the body except RBC. Class II HLAs are found mostly on the surface of specialized immune cells. Ideally, both will be a close match, although they will not be identical unless an identical twin can act as the donor....
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