Role of the HLA Complex in Disease Susceptibility & Tissue Transplant


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HLAs are a group of _____ that help your immune system distinguish _____ from _____.

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1. Which of the following statements is FALSE?

2. You need a kidney transplant. You have been put on a waiting list and your friends and family have been tested. You need an identical HLA profile to match yours. Who is your best bet for an exact match?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test what you know about HLAs, their main function in our body and where you can find them with a quiz and worksheet combo. This resource helps you review common qualities of HLAs and how they take part in autoimmune diseases.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The intent of this quiz and worksheet is to review your understanding of:

  • What HLAs are
  • Characteristics of HLAs
  • Who would most likely have a matching HLA profile to you
  • Factors that impact a successful organ transplant

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you remember what HLAs are and what they do in the body
  • Making connections - use understanding of HLAs to recognize how they impact transplant matches
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about what an autoimmune disease is and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

You'll find a more detailed review of this topic in the accompanying lesson called Role of the HLA Complex in Disease Susceptibility & Tissue Transplant. This lesson offers more information about:

  • What HLA stands for
  • Why HLAs are important
  • Defining antigen
  • How HLAs are determined
  • The impact of antibodies in transplants
  • Diseases that HLAs are related to