Functions of natural killer cells

  title={Functions of natural killer cells},
  author={Eric Vivier and Elena Tomasello and Myriam Baratin and Thierry Walzer and Sophie Ugolini},
  journal={Nature Immunology},
Natural killer (NK) cells are effector lymphocytes of the innate immune system that control several types of tumors and microbial infections by limiting their spread and subsequent tissue damage. Recent research highlights the fact that NK cells are also regulatory cells engaged in reciprocal interactions with dendritic cells, macrophages, T cells and endothelial cells. NK cells can thus limit or exacerbate immune responses. Although NK cells might appear to be redundant in several conditions… CONTINUE READING
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