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  1. #1 cell membrane role in organ and in organ preservation 
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    hi. I have a doubt and I would appreciate your response. What is the role of cell membrane in organ function? and What is the role of cell membrane in the preservation of organ donated for transplant? I know that cell membrane allow only substance to move in and out of the cell.


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    cell membranes can have markers on them. These markers denote 'self cells'. Invading cells will lack these markers and be targeted by the immune system.
    When we do organ transplants, they often get rejected because the markers on the new organ do not match the host ones.

    Think of the cell membrane as a communication device, not just a membrane for things to pass through.


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