Kurloff cells (also known as Foà-Kurloff cells), found in the blood and organs of guinea pigs, contain large secretory granules (also known as Kurloff bodies) of unknown function. They are also found in the capybara. Scientists speculate that these cells along with asparaginase may be what gives the guinea pig cancer resistant properties (Sharon Vanderlip, DVM). The Kurloff cell has NK cytotoxic activity in vitro.
- Zheng Cui, oncologist and Associate Professor of Pathology (Tumor Biology) at Wake Forest University
- Paul Ehrlich, German scientist in the fields of hematology, immunology, and chemotherapy
- Resistance to cancer in naked mole rats
- Russell bodies
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