killer T cell


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killer T cell

n.
See cytotoxic T lymphocyte.

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.killer 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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In the study, the researchers found that a certain transcription factor, which are molecules in the cell nucleus that control the activity of cells, continually suppresses the killer T cell lineage in helper T cells.
The secret is the killer T cell, a roving defender against invading microbes.
Another specialized type of T cell, the Natural Killer T cell, was found to have high expression of the receptor.
They looked for a specific type of T cell known as a killer T cell, which locates and destroys abnormal and infected cells.
When a killer T cell identifies a target, it douses the enemy with granulysin, which disrupts the cell's membrane.
The killer T cell creates a picture of shooting or bombing, and people begin to use it as though that is the reality.
A team from Cardiff University's Systems Immunity Research Institute identify a molecule in the body -- known as L-selectin -- which directs the body's killer T cells to the site of a virus.