Carbohydrates in transplantation

Xi Chen, Peter R. Andreana, Peng George Wang

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Carbohydrate materials have become increasingly utilized in transplantation and cell/tissue engineering within the past year. This has been well documented in recent applications of immobilized or soluble α-galactosyl epitopes (i.e. oligosaccharides with a terminal Galα1-3Gal sequence) in preventing hyperacute rejection in pig-to-primate xenotransplantation. In addition, α-galactosyl polymers have been shown to exhibit much greater activity (up to 104 times) than α-galactosyl monomers in inhibiting the binding of anti-galactosyl antibodies to pig kidney epithelial cells and assisting in the prevention of cytotoxicity in human serum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)650-658
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Chemical Biology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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