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natural killer cell

[¦nach·rəl ′kil·ər ‚sel]
(histology)
A large, granular lymphocyte that can lyse a variety of target cells when it is activated by interferon. Abbreviated NK.
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In vivo trafficking and survival of cytokine-induced killer cells resulting in minimal GVHD with retention of antitumor activity," Blood, vol.
T cell immunoglobulin- and mucin-domain-containing molecule-3 (Tim-3) mediates natural killer cell suppression in chronic hepatitis B.
The impact of ageing on natural killer cell function and potential consequences for health in older adults.
The investigators assessed 57 women over 2 years and found that variations in natural killer cell levels corresponded to changes in depression status and ratings on the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale.
However, the biodefence against neoplastic cells or microbe infection involves several cell lineages, such as natural killer cells (NK cells) and macrophage.
Natural killer cells are an essential part of the immune system, killing viruses and leukaemia cells, said Cornelia Ulrich, senior author.
Increase in peripheral natural killer cell activity in patients with autoimmune thyroid disease.
Blastic natural killer cell leukemia/lymphoma: a clinicopathologic study.
Calorie restriction suppresses the activity of natural killer cells, one type of white blood cell that guards against viral infections and abnormal growths.
Immediate recognition of virus-containing cells makes natural killer cells an important and early line of defense against viral illnesses such as human papillomavirus, cytomeglovirus, and HIV.