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NK cells become cytotoxic upon receiving a signal through their activation receptors. The orphan proteins H-60 and Rae1 have now been identified as ligands for the mouse NKG2D activation receptor. Remarkably they are inducible and may be blocked by a viral protein.

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Figure 1: Potential importance of NKG2D ligands in host defense by NK cells.

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