Natural Killer cell counts are not different between patients with post-Lyme disease syndrome and controls – Source: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, Jun 10, 2009

It has been reported that patients with "chronic Lyme disease" have decreased number of natural killer cells, as defined by the CD57 marker.

We performed immunophenotyping in 9 individuals with post-Lyme disease syndrome, 12 who recovered from Lyme disease and 9 healthy volunteers.

The number of natural killer cells was not significantly different between the groups.

Source: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, Jun 10, 2009. PMID: 19515868, by Marques A, Brown MR, Fleisher TA. Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD; Immunology Service, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD. [E-mail:]

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