Herpesvirus Evasion of Natural Killer Cells.

  title={Herpesvirus Evasion of Natural Killer Cells.},
  author={Steffi De Pelsmaeker and Nicolas Romero and Massimo Vitale and Herman W. Favoreel},
  journal={Journal of virology},
  volume={92 11}
Natural killer (NK) cells play an important role in the host response against viral infections and cancer development. They are able to kill virus-infected and tumor cells, and they produce different important cytokines that stimulate the antiviral and antitumor adaptive immune response, particularly interferon gamma. NK cells are of particular importance in herpesvirus infections, which is illustrated by systemic and life-threatening herpesvirus disease symptoms in patients with deficiencies… CONTINUE READING