I just posted this message in other thread and thought this would be the proper section to be posted:
I just received my NKs cells meassurement:
% CD8-/CD57+ Lymphs: 1 (2-17) %
Abs. CD8-CD57+ Lymphs: 9 (60-360) /uL
(How can I be living with so few NKs!!!! ;-)
I'm trying hard to figure out the exact interpretation of these results. I was tested for them as a possible marker for the degree of Lyme disease, but my Igenex test showed a "clear" (all the clear this can be) negative for Borrelia. So, I wonder if XMRV can be lowering my NKs so much, as HIV has shown to do.
Any way, I'd very much like to understand these results. Could you help me with this? This are my questions:
- Which is the difference between CD56 and CD57 when it comes to the assessment of NK cells status?
- What the value given in % means?--I read some studies referring to activity of NKs, using percentages as units, but I cannot understand this...Which are the usual units to measure the activity of NK cells?
- The second measurement seems to be the absolute count of NKs (at least the ones expressing the CD57 membrane protein ...), but again, the units confuse me, as they wrote "/uL)". I assume "uL" stands for microlitres, but then, it should be "something/microlitres"...
Any thoughts will be very appreciatted,
Thanks, and please pardon my english,