cytotoxic T cell


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cytotoxic T cell

cytotoxic T cell

See CD8 cell.

cytotoxic T cell

A CD8+ T lymphocyte that can destroy microorganisms directly through the release of perforin and proteolytic enzymes. These cells are particularly important in the defense against viruses, rejection of allografts, and, possibly, new malignant cells. Synonym: CD8 cell; cytotoxic cel; killer T cell
See also: cell
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Doherty notes that investigators are now using cytotoxic T cells to rid bone marrow transplants of viral infections and are designing vaccines, including those for AIDS, to generate these virus-killing cells.
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