Lung NKT cell commotion takes your breath away

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Infectious agents can induce inflammatory lung disease akin to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Work in a new mouse model provides mechanistic insight into this process and uncovers a key role for invariant natural killer T cells (pages 633–640).

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Figure 1: COPD as a result of respiratory viral infection.

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Joyce, S., Van Kaer, L. Lung NKT cell commotion takes your breath away. Nat Med 14, 609–610 (2008) doi:10.1038/nm0608-609

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