cytotoxic T cell

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cytotoxic T cell

killer T cell


n.
a killer cell that destroys target cells only when specifically activated by helper T cells.
Compare natural killer cell.
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Noun1.cytotoxic T cell - 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
T cell, T lymphocyte - a small lymphocyte developed in the thymus; it orchestrates the immune system's response to infected or malignant cells
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3 in Nature Nanotechnology, the scientist used bundled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for incubating cytotoxic T cells, a type of white blood cell that is key to immune system functions.
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.
Failure of infiltrating precursor cytotoxic T cells to acquire direct cytotoxic function in immunologically privileged sites.
The paper, titled "In vivo Migration and Function of Transferred HIV-1 Specific Cytotoxic T Cells," appears in the current issue of the journal Nature Medicine.
These single-minded killers, white blood cells called cytotoxic T cells, normally destroy only cells infected by viruses.
IL-21 is a novel cytokine with potent effects on a number of immune effector cells such as cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells.
The paper titled "In vivo Migration and Function of Transferred HIV-1 Specific Cytotoxic T Cells," appears in the current issue of the journal Nature Medicine.
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