NK cells and allergy. In Natural Killer Cells: At the Forefront of Modern Immunology. (Book Chapter)

January 01, 2010 By:
  • Michel T
  • Thérésine M
  • Poli A
  • Hentges F
  • Zimmer J.

NK cells are an important component of the innate immune response. They play a significant role in defense against tumor cells and viral infections, but also during human pregnancy. Until recently, few things were known about a possible role of NK cells in allergic diseases. Studies in animal models of asthma but also of peripheral blood from allergic patients suggest the possibility that NK cells also have a key function in inflammatory airway diseases. This hypothesis will be examined in this chapter. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

2010 Jan. Zimmer J, ed. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2010. p.191-198. ISBN 978-364202308-8.
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