Regulation of NK Cells During Acute Psychological Stress by Noradrenaline

  • Reinhold E. Schmidt
  • Roland Jacobs
  • Thomas O. F. Wagner
  • Uwe Tewes
  • Manfred Schedlowski
Part of the Hans Selye Symposia on Neuroendocrinology and Stress book series (HSSN, volume 3)


Stress has been suggested for a long time to be associated with a decrease in natural killer (NK) activity. There is also accumulating evidence from psychoneuroimmunological research1 that stress situations such as examination2,3 or bereavement4 may alter a wide range of immunological functions, especially NK cell function. Moreover, increased incidence of viral infections or cancer have been reported in stressed populations5,6.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhold E. Schmidt
    • 1
  • Roland Jacobs
    • 1
  • Thomas O. F. Wagner
    • 2
  • Uwe Tewes
    • 3
  • Manfred Schedlowski
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of ImmunologyHannover Medical SchoolHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Division of EndocrinologyHannover Medical SchoolHannoverGermany
  3. 3.Division of Medical PsychologyHannover Medical SchoolHannoverGermany

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