The development of immune NKT cells in humans.

Grant number: 454363 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009

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Abstract

NKT cells are a type of white blood cell that help to control the function of the immune system. Many studies have reported an association between low NKT cell levels and increased rates of cancer and autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes (T1D). Unfortunately, NKT cells are a relatively recent discovery and their function is not well understood, especially in humans. For example, it has only recently been discovered that there are different types of NKT cells with different functions. This lack of knowledge has prevented us from understanding how NKT cells normally prevent disease, and how we should treat diseases associated with low NKT cell numbers. In this project, we will study hum..

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