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Open Access Xenotransplant-Associated Infections

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Xenotransplantation is considered increasingly as a solution to the current shortage of human organs for allotransplantation. In addition, it is being investigated as a treatment for a number of other diseases such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes mellitus, and acquired immunodeficiency disease. The potential risk of novel zoonotic infections is a concern associated with these procedures. Accordingly, the role of animal microbial agents must be critically examined. This review examines the concerns and proposed mechanisms for xenogeneic infections and details what is known and what still needs to be learned as the field of xenotransplantation progresses. Emphasis is placed on microbial agents of baboons and swine because they are currently the most common species considered as donor sources for xenotransplantation.

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Affiliations: Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication date: 01 June 1998

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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