Mono- and poly-functional T cells in nontuberculous mycobacteria lung disease patients: Implications in analyzing risk of disease progression.


Division of Chest Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, Taiwan; Department of Nursing, Oriental Institute of Technology, Taiwan. Electronic address: [Email]


The diagnosis and progression of nontuberculous mycobacteria lung disease (NTN-LD) are important for clinical judgement but cannot easily be predicted. The immunological response of mono- and poly-functional T cells, a representative of host reactivity to NTM, could be a surrogate biomarker for disease and progression prediction.


Lung disease,Mycobacterium abscessus,Mycobacterium avium complex,Nontuberculous mycobacteria,Poly-functional T cells,