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Pregnancy: Why Mother's Immune System Does Not Reject Developing Fetus as Foreign Tissue

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ScienceDaily (June 7, 2012) -- Researchers at NYU School of Medicine have made an important discovery that partially answers the long-standing question of why a mother's immune system does not reject a developing fetus as foreign tissue.

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Developing Fetus, by by Peter Punk and Fotolia at ScienceDaily


"Our manuscript addresses a fundamental question in the fields of transplantation immunology and reproductive biology, namely, how do the fetus and placenta, which express antigens that are disparate from the mother, avoid being rejected by the maternal immune system during pregnancy?" explained lead investigator Adrian Erlebacher, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology and a member of the NYU Cancer Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center. "What we found was completely unexpected at every level."


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