Cytotoxic T-cells

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Also known as a killer T-cell. These cells kill host cells that have become infected by some sort of intracellular pathogen [1].

The cytotoxic T-cells can trigger an endogeneous pathway within the target cell leading to apoptosis. This is due to the cytotoxic T-cells releasing "preformed effector molecules" [2][3]

References

  1. alberts, B (2008). molecular biology of the cell. USA: garland science. glossary
  2. Janeway CA Jr, et al.;2001
  3. Janeway C. Immunobiologie. 5th ed. Paris: De Boeck; 2003.
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