Different antigen detection triggers an immune system response that could perhaps stimulate mitochondria and such in killing cancer cells - something like chemo without the hair-loss?

  • $\begingroup$ It is the other way round. For example, post bone marrow transplant reinfusion of donor lymphocytes (termed DLI) is used as a means of triggering a graft-versus-host reaction to prevent relapse in hematogenous cancers. $\endgroup$
    – Raoul
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 10:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Raoul It has a special name: graft-versus-tumor in this case. $\endgroup$
    – inf3rno
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 21:43
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    $\begingroup$ @inf3rno yes. Btw I hold an M.D on the complications of DLI ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Raoul
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 23:35

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No. When a different blood type is introduced in the body, the host immune system recognizes the foreign blood as non-self and attacks it. The transfused blood becomes useless, and the potentially massive immune reaction can cause shock, which itself can be fatal.

More details in the book Blood Groups and Red Cell Antigens, which can be found at the NCBI library.


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