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Biology and functions of human leukocyte antigen-G in health and sickness.

In 1998, the first International Conference on human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) was held in Paris. At that time, HLA-G was still a new HLA class I molecule, few aspects of its immunological functions were known, and its expression by tumors was just being described. In 1998, tools to properly study HLA-G were lacking, especially monoclonal antibodies, and three conclusions were drawn after the congress: (i) animal models were needed, (ii) the biology of HLA-G isoforms had to be confirmed, and (iii) HLA-G expression by tumors required clarification. Five years later, these three issues have been addressed. HLA-G is now gaining pace and is investigated for its immuno-inhibitory functions in the context of multiple pathologies. Eighty five oral presentations were given this year for more than 200 investigators working on HLA-G by speakers from over 20 countries. The success of the 3rd International Conference on HLA-G reflects the interest and tremendous work of the many research teams which, over the years, contributed to the publication of more than 500 peer-review articles. We summarize the key points that were presented and discussed during this meeting.[1]


  1. Biology and functions of human leukocyte antigen-G in health and sickness. LeMaoult, J., Le Discorde, M., Rouas-Freiss, N., Moreau, P., Menier, C., McCluskey, J., Carosella, E.D. Tissue Antigens (2003) [Pubmed]
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