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growth factor

n.
A substance that affects the growth of a cell or an organism.

growth factor

n
(Biochemistry) any of several substances present in serum that induce growth of cells. Excessive amounts of growth factor may be associated with the production of cancer cells

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n.
any of various proteins that promote the growth, organization, and maintenance of cells and tissues.
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Noun1.growth factor - a protein that is involved in cell differentiation and growth
protein - any of a large group of nitrogenous organic compounds that are essential constituents of living cells; consist of polymers of amino acids; essential in the diet of animals for growth and for repair of tissues; can be obtained from meat and eggs and milk and legumes; "a diet high in protein"
nerve growth factor, NGF - a protein that is involved in the growth of peripheral nerve cells
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Exocrine glands such as salivary glands, lacrimal glands and mammary glands secrete a variety of peptide growth factors which are crucial for their development, cellular proliferation, differentiation and healing (Kouidhi et al., 2012).
One method for repair or regeneration of damaged cartilage tissue is to deliver therapeutic growth factors.
One method for repair or regeneration of damaged cartilage tissue is to deliver therapeutic growth factors. Growth factors are a special class of proteins that can aid in tissue repair and regeneration.
Platelets store growth factors including platelet-derived growth factor, transforming growth factor-ss, platelet-derived epidermal growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, insulin-like growth factor-1, fibroblastic growth factor, and epidermal growth factor, cytokines and many other proteins.3 Therefore, increasing platelet concentration in a damaged tissue would result in increased levels of these growth factors and, subsequent, improvement in healing process.4 Its applicability includes plastic surgery,1 orthopedic surgery,3 cardiac surgery, ophthalmology, and sports medicine.5 There are differences in the concentration of platelets prepared by the various automated and manual techniques described in the literature6 and this can affect the different biological effects.
Their influence also continues throughout our lives; if tissues are damaged such as a broken bone or wound on our skin, growth factors coordinate how our tissue heal.
Hair Stimulating Complex (HSC660) is a soluble formulation of a subset of naturally-secreted growth factors developed as an injectable treatment for hair growth.
The researchers wanted to see how well the tocotrienols enhanced growth factors. These are substances required for growing tissue.
More studies were based on investigating implants as carriers of growth factors. Therefore, all such studies were grouped together and rest of the studies were grouped in another table.
Coventry came third after Bradford and Leicester according to the Barclays SME Growth Factors Index.
It has been shown that administration of T3 which is the metabolically active form of thyroid hormone can affect growth factors produced by the salivary glands, however it needs to be investigated if the exogenous administration of T3 can also cause any morphological or cytological changes in the sublingual tissue.
bFGF is among a family of growth factors whose members are involved in everything from the formation of new blood vessels and wound healing to embryonic development and various endocrine signaling pathways.
Skin has inherent repair processes regulated by dynamic and complex cell-signaling molecules called growth factors.