CD8


Found on Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and natural killer cells. The CD8 receptor on CTL binds to HLA class I and the interaction causes CD8 T cell activation. These cells are able to identify and kill cells infected primarily with viruses, but also many bacterial infections.

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International Union of Immunological SocietiesUniversity of South AfricaInstitute of Infectious Disease and Molecular MedicineElizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids FoundationStellenbosch University