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Our ability to harness tolerance mechanisms will have a major impact in organ transplantation. It should enable drug minimization, and eventually, the elimination of all immunosuppressive drugs. An improved understanding of the biology of regulatory T cells will make it possible to replace current induction regimens with those favouring the selective vaccination of T cells that prevent graft rejection. Once regulation is established, the continued supply of graft antigens should empower T cell regulation to become the dominant natural mechanism to prevent graft rejection.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.smim.2006.01.010

Type

Journal article

Journal

Semin Immunol

Publication Date

04/2006

Volume

18

Pages

111 - 119

Keywords

Animals, Humans, T-Lymphocytes, Regulatory, Transplantation Tolerance