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cytotoxic T cell

[¦sīd·ə‚täk·sik ′tē ‚sel]
(immunology)
A type of T cell which protects against pathogens that invade host cell cytoplasm, where they cannot be bound by antibodies, by recognizing and killing the host cell before the pathogens can proliferate and escape.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The analysis of the individual lymphocyte subpopulations showed increased global DNA methylation in B-cells (Figures 4(c) and 4(d)), T-helper cells and T-cytotoxic cells (Figures 4(e) and 4(f)), suggesting that obesity is associated with altered epigenetic signature in specific subpopulations of circulating lymphocytes.
We observed a global DNA hypermethylation in B-cells and T-helper and T-cytotoxic cells, consistent with our recent findings in B-cells from obese individuals [14].
T-cytotoxic cells and antibodies can induce perforations of different size and quantities on somatic cells surface, which can formed the precancerous and later the cancer cells arising.