lymphokine-activated killer cells


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lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells

nonspecific cytotoxic cells that are generated in the presence of interleukin-2 and the absence of antigen. They are distinct from human natural killer cells, peripheral T lymphocytes, or memory cytotoxic thymus-derived lymphocytes. LAK cell infusions have been used investigationally for the treatment of cancer.

lymphokine-activated killer cells

LAK cells, see there.

lymphokine-activated killer cells

Cells artificially produced by incubating lymphocytes from cancer patients with INTERLEUKIN-2 (IL-2). The result is a class of natural-killer cells whose targets are not restricted to cells carrying particular antigens. They offer potential as treatment modalities.