major histocompatibility complex

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major histocompatibility complex

[′mā·jər ¦hi·stō·kəm′pad·ə′bil·əd·ē ′käm‚pleks]
(immunology)
In vertebrates, a family of genes that encode cell surface glycoproteins that regulate interactions among cells of the immune system, some components of the complement system, and perhaps other related functions connected with intercell recognition. Abbreviated MHC.
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On the other side, the team placed a molecule called major histocompatability complex (MHC) that allows T cells to recognize if the cells are 'self' or 'foreign.
NYSE:BEC) today introduced three new, ready-to-use, major histocompatability complex (MHC) Tetramer reagents.
A prospectively defined, secondary analysis of the interaction between specific Class I Major Histocompatability Complex (MHC) genes and the product's efficacy also showed a highly statistically significant improvement in disease free survival in patients who expressed either Class I MHC human leukocyte antigen (HLA) A2 or C3 genes (p=0.

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