Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Curr Opin Immunol. 2006 Aug;18(4):391-8. Epub 2006 Jun 12.

Natural killer cells as an initial defense against pathogens.

Author information

  • 1Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Cancer Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, 94143-0414, USA.

Abstract

Natural killer (NK) cells serve as a crucial first line of defense against tumors and a diverse range of pathogens. Recognition of infection by NK cells is accomplished by the activation of receptors on the NK cell surface, which initiate NK cell effector functions. Many of the receptors and ligands involved in NK cell antimicrobial activity have been identified, and we are beginning to appreciate how they function during infection. In addition, NK cells are activated by cytokines (e.g. interleukin 12 and type I interferons), which are products of activated macrophages and dendritic cells. In response to these activating stimuli, NK cells secrete cytokines and chemokines and lyse target cells. Recent studies have focused on the mechanisms by which NK cells recognize and respond to viruses, parasites and bacteria, and on the unique role of NK cells in innate immunity to infection.

PMID:
16765573
DOI:
10.1016/j.coi.2006.05.002
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Support Center