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Natural killer cell activity in untreated systemic lupus erythematosus
  1. Kazuo Oshimi,
  2. Morito Sumiya,
  3. Nobuyuki Gonda,
  4. Shogo Kano,
  5. Fumimaro Takaku
  1. Department of Medicine, Jichi Medical School, Minamikawachi-machi, Tochigi 329-04, Japan
  2. Division of Clinical Immunology, Jichi Medical School, Minamikawachi-machi, Tochigi 329-04, Japan

    Abstract

    With strictly selected controls natural killer cell activity was evaluated in 10 untreated patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Natural killer levels of the patients were significantly lower than those of the age- and sex-matched normal controls. Natural killer levels, however, did not correlate with disease activity.

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