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Human Leukocyte Antigens

Call for Papers

Since the discovery of the human leucocyte antigen (HLA) more than 50 years ago, the number of unique HLA molecules identified has increased exponentially due to new advances in gene sequencing. The HLA system is now known to encode b9000 subtly different molecules that distinguish the biological identity of cells and tissues from every individual and sets the complicated rules for successful transplantation.

In this special issue we invite authors to submit original articles and review articles that describe the latest research on the HLA system with an emphasis on transplantation.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical relevance of anti-HLA and nonclassical HLA antibodies in transplantation
  • Predicting alloreactivity in mismatched allogeneic stem cell transplantation
  • HLA sequencing and discovery of new alleles
  • The role of HLA sequencing in population genetics studies
  • Immunogenetics and drug hypersensitivity
  • The role of nonclassical HLA in transplant rejection
  • HLA in autoimmune diseases and their role in diagnosis
  • HLA and viral immune evasion
  • Bioinformatic software tools (histocompatibility and peptide prediction algorithms)
  • HLA peptide sequencing
  • HLA structure analysis

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jir/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/jir/hlan/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 11 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 4 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 29 August 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Trevor Huyton, Institut für Transfusionsmedizin, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Guest Editors

  • Marcel Tilanus, Transplantation Immunology, Tissue Typing Laboratory, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Jean-Marie Tiercy, National Reference Laboratory for Histocompatibility (LNRH), Department of Genetics and Laboratory Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland