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Killer Cells, Natural

Bone marrow-derived lymphocytes that possess cytotoxic properties, classically directed against transformed and virus-infected cells. Unlike T CELLS; and B CELLS; NK CELLS are not antigen specific. The cytotoxicity of natural killer cells is determined by the collective signaling of an array of inhibitory and stimulatory CELL SURFACE RECEPTORS. A subset of T-LYMPHOCYTES referred to as NATURAL KILLER T CELLS shares some of the properties of this cell type.

Year introduced: 1983

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Tree Number(s): A11.118.637.555.567.537, A15.145.229.637.555.567.537, A15.382.490.555.567.537

MeSH Unique ID: D007694

Entry Terms:

  • NK Cells
  • Cell, NK
  • Cells, NK
  • NK Cell
  • Natural Killer Cells
  • Cell, Natural Killer
  • Cells, Natural Killer
  • Killer Cell, Natural
  • Natural Killer Cell

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