By L. R. Overby (auth.), C. Th. Smit Sibinga, P. C. Das, L. R. Overby (eds.)

This symposium is dedicated to Biotechnology in Blood Transfusion; there are 22 specialists discussing the state-of-the-art within the program of monoclonal anti­ our bodies, recombinant DNA applied sciences and heterologous expression platforms to the development and occasionally substitute of blood items, charac­ terization of blood ingredients, and the impact of those advancements on blood transfusion tactics. Ten and perhaps 5 years in the past the identify of a symposium resembling this is able to were Biosciences in blood transfusion, informing what easy advancements in molecular biology, biochemistry and human body structure may perhaps pertain to blood transfusion within the far away destiny. That destiny is getting nearer, and never just one is drawn to easy advancements in immunology, reputation and identity of viral and bacterial parts and items, tissue and blood bloodgroup blood team typing, typing, but in addition within the strength program of those advancements and their monetary views. that's what biotechnology is all alI approximately: simple technological know-how telIs tells us the place and the way we would search for new applied sciences, and the improvement of such tech­ nologies is barely attainable if there's a standpoint for development in caliber, safeguard, reputation or functionality to price ratio.

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Thus the number of genes and the large number of alleles make this a complex system to study and provides a good example of the power of molecular genetic techniques. Numerous studies have shown that certain HLA class II alleles are associated with increased risk of developing diseases believed to have an immune component. Our laboratory is particularly interested in two such diseases, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and insulin dependent diabetis mellitus (IDDM) which have both been associated with HLA-DR4.

10. lO. Michelsen B, Lernmark A. Molecular cloning of a polymorphic DNA endonuclease fragment associates insulin dependent diabetes mellitus with HLA DQ ] Clin Invest 1987;79:1144-52. 11. Nepom BS, Palmer ], Kim S-], Hansen ]A, Holbeck SL, Nepom GT. Specific genomic markers for the HLA-DQ subregion discriminate between DR4 positive IDDM and DR4 postive ]RA. ] Exp Med 1986;164:345-50. 37 BIOENGINEERING IN BWOD TRANSFUSION MEDICINE G. Jacquin For a relevant overview of the actual and future applications of 'bioengineering' in blood transfusion medicine, it is necessary to clearly separate between the field of diagnosis and the therapeutic area.

2 differ substantially in both coding and non-coding regions. 2 allele. Thus only a subset ofDR4 blot [11]. 2 allele, are at increased risk of developing IDDM. 36 Table 1 summarizes the DR4 haplotypes (DQ beta and DR beta alleles on the same chromosome) we have identified. Some haplotypes carry increased risk for both RA and IDDM, some for only RA or only IDDM, and some of these haplotypes are not associated with risk for either of these diseases. The ability to more precisely define the HLA genes responsible for association with disease allows one to more accurately identify those at risk.

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