International Society of Blood Transfusion Working Party on Red Cell Immunogenetics and Blood Group Terminology: Report of the Dubai, Copenhagen and Toronto meetings

Jill R. Storry, Frederik Banch Clausen, Lilian Castilho, Qing Chen, Geoff Daniels, Greg Denomme, Willy A. Flegel, Christoph Gassner, Masja de Haas, Catherine Hyland, Ji Yanli, Margaret Keller, Christine Lomas-Francis, Nuria Nogues, Martin L. Olsson, Thierry Peyrard, Ellen van der Schoot, Yoshihiko Tani, Nicole Thornton, Franz WagnerChristoph Weinstock, Silvano Wendel, Connie Westhoff, Vered Yahalom

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Abstract

Background and objectives: The International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) Working Party for Red Cell Immunogenetics and Blood Group Terminology meets in association with the ISBT congress and has met three times since the last report: at the international meetings held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 2016 and Toronto, Canada, June 2018; and at a regional congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2017 for an interim session. Methods: As in previous meetings, matters pertaining to blood group antigen nomenclature and classification were discussed. New blood group antigens were approved and named according to the serologic and molecular evidence presented. Results and conclusions: Fifteen new blood group antigens were added to eight blood group systems. One antigen was made obsolete based on additional data. Consequently, the current total of blood group antigens recognized by the ISBT is 360, of which 322 are clustered within 36 blood groups systems. The remaining 38 antigens are currently unassigned to a known system. Clinically significant blood group antigens continue to be discovered, through serology/sequencing and/or recombinant or genomic technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalVox Sanguinis
Volume114
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • blood groups
  • genetics
  • terminology

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