Molecular definition of the identity and activation of natural killer cells Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Using whole-genome microarray data sets of the Immunological Genome Project, we demonstrate a closer transcriptional relationship between NK cells and T cells than between any other leukocytes, distinguished by their shared expression of genes encoding molecules with similar signaling functions. Whereas resting NK cells are known to share expression of a few genes with cytotoxic CD8+ T cells, our transcriptome-wide analysis demonstrates that the commonalities extend to hundreds of genes, many encoding …


publication date

  • October 1, 2012