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NK Cells May Form Adaptive Memories

Sep 10, 2019 10:10:00 AM / by Stacy Matthews Branch, DVM, PhD posted in NK Cells, Vaccine Research, Humanized Mice

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A new study shows that NK cells may be able to form adaptive memory and demonstrate specific antigen memory.

Innate immunity has long been considered the nonspecific first line of defense against an invading microorganism, while adaptive (or acquired) immunity is an antigen-specific immune response characterized by a memory that allows protection against a repeat exposure. Examples of cells of the innate immune response include natural killer (NK) cells, macrophages, neutrophils, and mast cells. T and B lymphocytes are cells of the adaptive immune system.

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Pacifying NK Cells to Block Type 1 Diabetes

Jul 27, 2015 1:00:46 PM / by Daisy posted in Autoimmune Disorders, NK Cells, Humanized Mice, Blood Disorders, Metabolic Disorders

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Mice studies show that the use of an antibody towards NK cells could reduce the development of diabetes in susceptible populations.

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