Summary of T cell development
Primary lymphoid organ and T cell development
T cells, also known as T lymphocytes are a type of lymphocyte (in turn, a type of white blood cell) that play a central role in cell-mediated immunity. They can be distinguished from other lymphocytes, such as B cells and natural killer cells (NK cells), by the presence of a T-cell receptor (TCR) on the cell surface. They are called T cells because they mature in the thymus (although some also mature in the tonsils).
Flashcards on T cell development
T cell development
Interleukin-12, released from macrophages, induces the differentiation of T cells to cells.