The Molecules of HIV

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An article from "The Molecules of HIV" (c) Dan Stowell
The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) refers to the set of genes in an organism which specify "major histocompatibility antigens":
  • Antigen because the proteins produced can induce immune reactions;
  • Histocompatibility because these immune reactions are observed in graft rejection and other such situations;
  • and Major because the immune reactions are fast (e.g. within 7 days).
In human, the MHC proteins are called Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) proteins.

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