Antigen Report: HLA-Bw59
HLA-Bw59 was first reported by Nakai et al.  as a new HLA-B locus antigen (HOK-1) found in the Japanese on the basis of extra reactions of some HLA-B8 typing antisera. During the Eighth International Histocompatibility Workshop, this antigen was proposed as 8w69 and given an official designation Bw59 . However, Bw59 was strongly cross-reactive with B8, and no monospecific sera defining Bw59 were available at that time. Two years later, two antisera monospecific for Bw59 were found at the Eighth Japan HLA Workshop (Tokyo, 1982), confirming the existence of this antigen .