Natural Killer Cells

  • Eric Vivier
  • James Di Santo
  • Alessandro Moretta

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 395)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Joseph C. Sun
    Pages 1-36
  3. Cyril Seillet, Gabrielle T. Belz, Nicholas D. Huntington
    Pages 37-61
  4. Frank Cichocki, Heinrich Schlums, Jakob Theorell, Bianca Tesi, Jeffrey S. Miller, Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren et al.
    Pages 63-93
  5. Nadir Kadri, Arnika Kathleen Wagner, Sridharan Ganesan, Klas Kärre, Stina Wickström, Maria H. Johansson et al.
    Pages 95-114
  6. Camille Guillerey, Mark J. Smyth
    Pages 115-145
  7. Deborah W. Hendricks, Gundula Min-Oo, Lewis L. Lanier
    Pages 147-171
  8. Florence Deauvieau, Aurore Fenis, François Dalençon, Nicolas Burdin, Eric Vivier, Yann Kerdiles
    Pages 173-190
  9. Mariella Della Chiesa, Lorenzo Moretta, Letizia Muccio, Alice Bertaina, Francesca Moretta, Franco Locatelli et al.
    Pages 209-224
  10. Frank Cichocki, Michael R. Verneris, Sarah Cooley, Veronika Bachanova, Claudio G. Brunstein, Bruce R. Blazar et al.
    Pages 225-243
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 245-247

About this book


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the discovery of Natural Killer (NK) cells, this volume focuses on the recent advances in our understanding of NK cell development and differentiation and their acquisition of functional properties, as well as the latest models for NK-cell analysis in mice and applications in clinical medicine. NK cells have travelled a circuitous path from their initial description as ‘spontaneous killers’ (for some simply an experimental artifact) to being a bona fide subset of innate lymphoid cells with a complementary mode of action in immune defense and an important mediator of immune reactivity in health and disease. Together, these reviews provide a timely and concise picture of the evolution of NK cells as essential agents in immunity and as potent weapons against disease. This book offers an appealing and insightful resource for scientists and clinicians.


KIRs NK cell education NK homeostasis NKG2C Gut natural killer cells Tumor control NK cells Cancer immunoediting

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Vivier
    • 1
  • James Di Santo
    • 2
  • Alessandro Moretta
    • 3
  1. 1.Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Marseille, Marseille 05, France and Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-LuminyAix Marseille Université - INSERM - CNRSMarseille 09France
  2. 2.INSERM U 668Pasteur InstituteParisFrance
  3. 3.University of GenoaGenovaItaly

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