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Growth factor

Growth factor

(Science: biochemistry) a complex family of polypeptide hormones or biological factors that are produced by the body to control growth, division and maturation of blood cells by the bone marrow. They regulate the division and proliferation of cells and influence the growth rate of some cancers. These factors occur naturally but some can be synthesised using molecular biology techniques and are used clinically to stimulate normal white Cell production following chemotherapy or bone marrow transplantation.

Examples include epidermal growth factor, platelet-derived growth factor, fibroblast growth factor. Insulin and somatomedin are also growth factors, the status of nerve growth factor is more uncertain. Perturbation of growth factor production or of the response to growth factor is important in neoplastic transformation.


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... seen discussed before. Where and when before did you see discussed growth factor receptor inhibitors used to protect normal cells from the toxic side-effects of chemotherapy? ...

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... recently and for example consider this paper on the application of growth factor receptor inhibitors to protect normal cells from the toxic side-effects of chemotherapy. ...

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... they are dependant on oxygen and nutrient delivery for their huge growth. Correct and phase 1 is not supposed to kill cancer cells in tumours ... I imagine that one day big pharma will be able to supply enough growth factor inhibitors for all the tissue types that will do just that. Growth ...

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... diminished and the recovery period shorter thanks to the type H drugs Growth factor inhibitors Drawback when used in isolation - they only work on some cancers and even ...

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... Phase 2 would employ 2 drug types - firstly a mixture of drugs of the growth factor inhibitor type, some (perhaps most) yet to be developed, would be required to halt selectively ...

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