NK cells are an important component of the innate immune response. They play a significant role in defense against tumor cells and viral infections, but also during human pregnancy. Until recently, few things were known about a possible role of NK cells in allergic diseases. Studies in animal models of asthma but also of peripheral blood from allergic patients suggest the possibility that NK cells also have a key function in inflammatory airway diseases. This hypothesis will be examined in this chapter.
|Title of host publication||Natural Killer Cells|
|Subtitle of host publication||At the Forefront of Modern Immunology|
|Publisher||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|