natural killer cell

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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 mice to which AML cells from patients had been transferred, the researchers showed that while the normal AML cells (without stem cell properties) were controlled by the NK cells, the NKG2D-L-negative leukemia stem cells escaped the killer squad.
NK cells are a different breed of killer from their more-famous immune system cousins, the T cells.
NK cells are an essential part of the innate immune system and they play a critical role in protecting the body from cancer.
Marlin R reported on NCR manifestations, such as NKp46, NKp30, NKp44, and NKG2D of CD56+CD3- NK cells in the decidua during the first trimester of pregnancy [9].
(1) Anesthesia affects the number and activity of immune cells: presently, the effects of anesthesia on immunity have been studied on NK cells, B-lymphocytes, T-lymphocytes, macrophages, leukocytes, and erythrocytes.
NK cells have also been involved in different brain diseases including AD [53].
However, accumulating evidence also indicates that tumor-infiltrating NK cells can be functionally altered by the tumor microenvironment and conversely contribute to tumor growth and progression [3, 4].
Biobran is a modified arabinoxylan rice bran, enzymatically treated with an extract from shitake mushroom mycelia that permits, unlike other fibers, quick intestinal absorption into the bloodstream, activating a number of cytokines that, in turn, activate NK cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages.
Under influence of sex steroids, there is a marked increase of a unique population of endometrial natural killer (NK) cells and lymphocytes, derived predominantly from a subset of peripheral blood NK cells and subsequently recruited to the uterus.
The aim of the study is to evaluate the effect of Achyranthes aspera Linn toward NK cells.