It’s White Paper Wednesday! Read our featured white paper: A Novel NK Cell-Mediated Cytotoxicity Detection Method Using the Cellometer Vision
As part of the innate immune system, natural killer (NK) cells are the primary form of defense against tumor cells and assorted pathogens . A minor subset of NK cells (CD56brightCD16-) influence immune regulation via the secretion of cytokines interferon-γ and TNF-α . The major subset of NK cells (CD56dimCD16+), however, directly lyse their targets . Consequently, understanding the cytolytic functions of NK cells are key to understanding NK cell biology and function in adoptive immunotherapy.