Killer T Cell: The Cancer Assassin (Video!)

Killer T Cell: The Cancer Assassin (Video!)

Ever wondered how our T lymphocytes hunt down and kill cancer cells? This Cambridge University video shows how our cytotoxic T cells (the ones with a CD8 marker and hence called CD8+ T cells ), check whether a cell in the blood is cancerous or infected and if so destroys it. Unfortunately for us, our CLL B-cells put these T cells to sleep so that they won't attack our CLL and that's why we're thought to be more prone to secondary cancers...

Killer T Cell: The Cancer Assassin

Associated article from Hematology times:

hematologytimes.com/p_artic...

Cytotoxic T cell

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cytot...

Neil

Photo: Hovering sand wasp. Thanks as usual to Jay for the identification.

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