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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

growth′ fac`tor


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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Epidermal growth factor (EGF) increases proliferation of epithelial cells to enhance wound healing and activates hyaluronan synthase 2--an enzyme involved in manufacturing hyaluronic acid that restores skin hydration.
Researchers in a number of biological sciences offer a broad treatment of fibroblast growth factor vascular biology and its applications.
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The company's STAR (Serial Tethered ARray) growth factor technology works by tethering multiple growth factors to a liquid phase, flexible backbone to form a cluster array, like beads on a string.
Tuominen and colleagues have identified a growth factor that can be used to halt the progress of damage brought on by a nerve poison, and possibly restore the function of damaged cells.
platelet derived growth factor receptor protein which preferentially binds to the AA homodimer and AB heterodimer forms of platelet derived growth factor and also binds the BB homodimer at high affinity, is described.
Functionally significant insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor mutations in centarians.
Some skin care companies are launching products with human growth factor (HGF), as it has proved to be an effective wound healer.
CHICAGO -- In a study of saliva samples from 43 adults, epidermal growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor levels were significantly lower among people who had low scores on the Beck Depression Inventory and the UCLA Loneliness Scale, Tricia Ruth Crosby, D.
People who were more lonely and depressed exhibited significantly lower epidermal growth factor levels, compared with people who were not particularly lonely or depressed.
Sometimes androgen receptors are bypassed completely, and cell growth is activated by other naturally occurring compounds including insulin-like growth factor-1, epidermal growth factor, and others.
The tissue is then dissociated into individual cells that are maintained in a serum-free medium supplemented with growth factors, including epidermal growth factor, insulin-like growth factor-1, and basic fibroblast growth factor.