What protects killer immune cells from harming themselves?

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 14:00 in Health & Medicine

White blood cells, which release a toxic potion of proteins to kill cancerous and virus-infected cells, are protected from any harm by the physical properties of their cell envelopes, find scientists. Until now, it has been a mystery to scientists how these white blood cells -- called cytotoxic lymphocytes -- avoid being killed by their own actions and the discovery could help explain why some tumors are more resistant than others to recently developed cancer immunotherapies.

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