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Prof. Dr. Jacobs

 

Department of Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology

 

E-Mail:

Jacobs.Roland@mh-hannover.de

 

Innate immunity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, NK cells

 

Homepage (link):

www.mh-hannover.de/2798.html

 

Synopsis

Natural killer (NK) cells comprise about 10-15% of the peripheral lymphocytes in human blood. NK cells are part of the innate immune system as they are able to spontaneously lyse tumors and virus-infected cells. In contrast to cells of adaptive immunity, such as B and T cells, they do not require prior sensitization. In addition to their cytolytic function NK cells are capable to produce several cytokines for regulating immune functions.