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14th International HLA and Immunogenetics Workshop: Report on KIR receptors and their applications

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  • D. Middleton,

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    1. Northern Ireland Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory, City Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland
      D. Middleton
      Northern Ireland Histocompatibility and
      Immunogenetics Laboratory
      City Hospital
      Belfast BT9 7TS
      Northern Ireland
      Tel: 44 28 90263676
      Fax: 44 28 90263881
      e-mail: derek.middleton@bll.n-i.nhs.uk
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  • F. T. Christiansen

    1. Department of Clinical Immunology and Biochemical Genetics, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA, Australia
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D. Middleton
Northern Ireland Histocompatibility and
Immunogenetics Laboratory
City Hospital
Belfast BT9 7TS
Northern Ireland
Tel: 44 28 90263676
Fax: 44 28 90263881
e-mail: derek.middleton@bll.n-i.nhs.uk

Abstract

During the last few years many laboratories have developed a keen interest in detecting killer immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) receptor genes in various populations, diseases and in stem cell transplantation. At the 14th International Histocompatibility Workshop held in Melbourne in December 2006, many of these laboratories presented their findings at a special session. To introduce this work, we provide an introduction to KIR receptors and an outline of previous applications of KIR receptor typing prior to the Workshop.

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