Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) Genes: Polymorphism
Published Online: 15 JUL 2008
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Meyer, D. and Mack, S. J. 2008. Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) Genes: Polymorphism. eLS. .
- Published Online: 15 JUL 2008
The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) contains genes that code for glycoproteins that play key roles in the immune response. Several features of MHC gene polymorphism indicate that diversifying natural selection has acted upon these genes. Different models of diversifying selection may explain the observed variation.
- major histocompatibility complex;
- human leukocyte antigen;
- balancing selection