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Special Class Of Natural Fats Discovered That Stimulates Immune Cells To Fight Diseases

Killer T cells—also called cytotoxic T lymphoc...

Killer T cells—also called cytotoxic T lymphocytes or CTLs-directly attack other cells carrying certain foreign or abnormal molecules on their surfaces. CTLs are especially useful for attacking viruses because viruses often hide from other parts of the immune system while they grow inside infected cells. CTLs recognize small fragments of these viruses peeking out from the cell membrane and launch an attack to kill the cell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The early-responding immune cells investigated in this study, called the invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells, are important as first line of defence against infectious and foreign agents. When stimulated, iNKT cells secrete large amounts of biological chemicals, and are capable of influencing the responses of other immune cells in the body. …

April 6, 2012 - Posted by | Consumer Health

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