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Killer Cells, Natural MeSH Descriptor Data 2022


MeSH Heading
Killer Cells, Natural
Tree Number(s)
A11.118.637.555.567.537
A15.145.229.637.555.567.537
A15.382.490.555.567.537
Unique ID
D007694
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D007694
Annotation
do not confuse with NATURAL KILLER T-CELLS; if subpopulations are discussed, coordinate IM with LYMPHOCYTE SUBSETS (IM)
Scope Note
Bone marrow-derived lymphocytes that possess cytotoxic properties, classically directed against transformed and virus-infected cells. Unlike T CELLS; and B CELLS; NK CELLS are not antigen specific. The cytotoxicity of natural killer cells is determined by the collective signaling of an array of inhibitory and stimulatory CELL SURFACE RECEPTORS. A subset of T-LYMPHOCYTES referred to as NATURAL KILLER T CELLS shares some of the properties of this cell type.
Entry Term(s)
NK Cells
Natural Killer Cells
Previous Indexing
Cytotoxicity, Immunologic (1978-1982)
Immunity, Cellular (1976-1982)
Killer Cells (1978-1982)
See Also
Receptors, Natural Killer Cell
Public MeSH Note
1983
History Note
1983
Date Established
1983/01/01
Date of Entry
1982/04/29
Revision Date
2013/07/09
Killer Cells, Natural Preferred
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