Advertisement

Human leukocyte antigens

Search for glossary terms (regular expression allowed)
Begin with Contains Exact termSounds like
Term Definition
Human leukocyte antigens

Also known as: HLA


Group of proteins present on the surface of white blood cells (leukocytes) and other nucleated cells (containing a nucleus). These proteins help the body’s immune system to identify its own cells and to distinguish between “self” and “nonself.” Each person has an inherited combination of HLA antigens and, while not as unique as a fingerprint, the presence or absence of each antigen creates a distinctive HLA combination for each person. HLA antigens are divided into types: Class I (A, B, C) and Class II (DR, DP, DQ).

Dictionary:

Our Sponsors

We use cookies to improve our website. By continuing to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. More details…