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Which cells kill virus infected cells in our bodies?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
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In brief: T and NK cells

T cells primarily kill virus-infected cells by a cytotoxic mechanism in which the virus proteins are displayed on the surface of the cell by normal cell metabolism and is recognized as foreign by circulating t cells.
Natural killer (nk) cells may also play a part. To a lesser extent, b cells may also be involved through antibodies.

In brief: T and NK cells

T cells primarily kill virus-infected cells by a cytotoxic mechanism in which the virus proteins are displayed on the surface of the cell by normal cell metabolism and is recognized as foreign by circulating t cells.
Natural killer (nk) cells may also play a part. To a lesser extent, b cells may also be involved through antibodies.
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