Phytoncides (wood essential oils) induce human natural killer cell activity.

@article{Li2006PhytoncidesE,
  title={Phytoncides (wood essential oils) induce human natural killer cell activity.},
  author={Qing Li and Ari Nakadai and Hiroki Matsushima and Yoshifumi Miyazaki and Alan M. Krensky and Tomoyuki Kawada and Kanehisa Morimoto},
  journal={Immunopharmacology and immunotoxicology},
  year={2006},
  volume={28 2},
  pages={
          319-33
        }
}
To explore the effect of forest bathing on the human immune system, we investigated the effect of phytoncides (wood essential oils) on natural killer (NK) activity and the expression of perforin, granzyme A and granulysin in human NK cells. We used NK-92MI cell, an interleukin-2 independent human NK cell line derived from the NK-92 cell, in the present study. NK-92MI cells express the CD56 surface marker, perforin, granzyme A, and granulysin by flow cytometry and are highly cytotoxic to K562… CONTINUE READING

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