Role of Natural Killer Cells in Adaptive Immunity to Toxoplasma gondii
Toxoplasma gondii is a very prevalent parasite that the CDC estimates infects up to 60% of Americans. Most of these people do not know they are infected because, with a normally functioning immune system, there are rarely symptoms. However in immunocompromised individuals such as; HIV and AIDS patients, pregnant women, and people with certain cancers, T. gondii can cause toxoplasmic encephalitis. One of the body's first lines of defense against infectious diseases are Natural Killer (NK) cells. These cells provide an innate immune response to invading pathogens, however, there is evidence that ...
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