• The cell-mediated immune response involves mainly T cells.
  • There are several different types of T cells involved in the response.
  • T cells must be activated by an antigen before they can fight an infection or cancer.
  • Once activated, a cytotoxic T cell divides rapidly and produces an “army” of cells identical to itself.
  • These cells travel throughout the body “searching” for more cells to destroy.
  • Most helper T cells die out once a pathogen has been cleared from the body, but a few remain.
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