Natural Killer Cells--An Epigenetic Perspective of Development and Regulation

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Based on their ability to recognize and eliminate various endo- and exogenous pathogens as well as pathological alterations, Natural Killer (NK) cells represent an important part of the cellular innate immune system. Although the knowledge about their function is growing, little is known about their development and regulation on the molecular level. Research of the past decade suggests that modifications of the chromatin, which do not affect the base sequence of the DNA, also known as epigenetic alterations, are strongly involved in these processes. Here, the impact of epigenetic modifications on the development as well as the expression of important activating and inhibiting NK-cell receptors and their effector function is reviewed. Furthermore, external stimuli such as physical activity and their influence on the epigenetic level are discussed.
OriginalspracheDeutsch
ZeitschriftInternational journal of molecular sciences
Jahrgang17
Heft3
Seiten (von - bis)326
Seitenumfang1
ISSN1422-0067
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PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 01.03.2016

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