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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Contribution of virus-specific CD8+ cytotoxic T cell to virus clearance or pathologic manifestations of influenza virus infection in a T cell receptor transgenic mouse model.
By vaccinating the mice with an epitope-based vaccine containing PADRE, the suppressive effect of the virus was overcome, resulting in enhanced cytotoxic T cell (CTL) and HTL immune function targeted against HBV infection.
Bruce Walker and Deborah Cotton, where the cytotoxic T cell response of HIV-infected "long term" survivors will be characterized and clinical trials will be conducted.
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