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Which type of immune cells are responsible for eradicating intracellular pathogens?

(a) natural killer cells

(b) mast cells

(c) neurons

(d) specific lymphocytes

The question was asked during an online exam.

My doubt stems from The Immune Response topic in division Immune Response of Cell Biology

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Correct answer is (a) natural killer cells

The explanation is: Natural killer cells are components of innate immunity that act by killing the cells infected by intracellular pathogens. The natural killer (NK) cells induce the infected cells to undergo apoptosis.

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