T Cytotoxic Cells

∞ generated and posted on 2016.03.19 ∞

Lymphocytes possessing the CD8 glycoprotein on their surfaces and therefore which are able to recognize major histocompatibility class I molecules.

See equivalently cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Note that CD8 is a co-receptor to the T-cell receptor of T cytotoxic cells.

T helper cells, by contrast, carry CD4 glycoprotein on their surfaces, a molecule which also serves as the viral receptor molecule recognized by HIV.