The Importance of Natural Killer Immunity

Narelle Stegehuis, Debbie Hamilton

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Natural Killer (NK) cells are an important part of our innate immune response. Research is showing that NK cells play a greater role than previously thought in influencing other immune cells and the adaptive immune response. NK cell function can be upregulated or downregulated by cytokines and chemokines. Acute and chronic diseases with elevated inflammation downregulate NK cell activity, decreasing the body’s ability to fight infections and cancer.
Original languageEnglish
JournalACNEM Journal
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2022


  • Natural Killer cells
  • Immunity
  • Microbiome
  • Autoimmunity


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