Natural killer cells, viruses and cancer

@article{Cerwenka2001NaturalKC,
  title={Natural killer cells, viruses and cancer},
  author={A. Cerwenka and L. Lanier},
  journal={Nature Reviews Immunology},
  year={2001},
  volume={1},
  pages={41-49}
}
  • A. Cerwenka, L. Lanier
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature Reviews Immunology
  • Natural killer cells are innate immune cells that control certain microbial infections and tumours. The function of natural killer cells is regulated by a balance between signals transmitted by activating receptors, which recognize ligands on tumours and virus-infected cells, and inhibitory receptors specific for major histocompatibility complex class I molecules. Here, we review the emerging evidence that natural killer cells have an important role in vivo in immune defence. 

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