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A 43-year-old woman who suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy comes to the local university hospital because she has received notification that the emergent transplant team is currently awaiting the arrival of a donor cardiac allograft. She suffered from chronic alcoholism for 10 years after the unexpected death of her parents, but has now been sober for the past 3 years. Meanwhile, at the same institution, a patient with end-stage renal disease has been waiting several months for a compatible kidney allograft. He suffers from lupus nephritis and has attended dialysis sessions three times per week since the diagnosis. Which of the following is the most significant differentiating factor that between these two tissue types with regard to the patient waiting time associated with transplantation?