cytotoxic T cell

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T cell with CD8 receptor that recognizes antigens on the surface of a virus-infected cell and binds to the infected cell and kill it

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In MPB and CB mononuclear cells total leukocyte marker CD45, and stem cell marker CD34 and CD4 (marker for helper T cells) expression were similar (13=0.068, p=0.075, p=0.059, respectively); however, CD3, total T cell marker, and CD8 (a marker for cytotoxic T cells) were significantly lower in CB (p=0.046, p=0.012, respectively, Figure 1A).
The immune system uses natural killer (NK) and cytotoxic T cells to help eliminate viral infections and cancer cells, explains Christoph Wuelfing, assistant professor in the Center for Immunology.
Cytotoxic T cells may also play an important role in affecting vascular permeability in HFRS and HPS (H.
These single-minded killers, white blood cells called cytotoxic T cells, normally destroy only cells infected by viruses.
Failure of infiltrating precursor cytotoxic T cells to acquire direct cytotoxic function in immunologically privileged sites.
"It gives us a little more information on how cytotoxic T cells can contribute to defense by causing cells themselves to become more resistant," agrees Barry T.
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