T cells, B cells and the range of the human body’s immune response — A simple decoder

The Print | Aug 2, 2020 at 5:31 AM
  • Between serological surveys (that check the level of antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus in blood), rapid antigen tests (that test for the part of the virus that kickstarts immune mechanisms) and the quest for vaccines, the immune system is very much ‘in’.
  • T-cells play a plethora of roles in immunity — as killer cells that can attack an infected cell and kill it along with the infecting agent, and as suppressor cells that modulate the level of functioning of other lymphocytes.
  • White blood cells (WBC) play a crucial role in immunity.