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Researchers explore new driver of transplant rejection: Platelets
Date:2/17/2009

be the major orchestrator of the immune response against any foreign tissues, including transplants.

"The thought was that if we hit the general that initiates acute rejection, it would put the troops in disarray," says Rabb. "Traditional therapies therefore inhibit or deplete T lymphocytes and other white blood cell components of the immune system. The newest kid on the block is the platelet and it represents an opportunity to target the effectors of organ injury rather than only the general."


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