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Nerve growth factor

Douglas W. Zochodne
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 6 Number 2: Page 46 (April 1999)

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Abstract: Nerve growth factor was the first member of the neurotrophin family of molecules to be discovered. Its importance has continued to grow since its discovery almost 40 years ago, and it has recently been entered into clinical treals of previously untreatable neurological diseases. Neurotrophins act upon receptors that are expressed on sub-populations of neurons. Through receptor autophosphorylation, second messenger systems promote survival, differentiation, maturation, and outgrowth of processes from neurons. Growth factors usually associated with other tissues can also act on the nervous system. The large biological repertoire of these growth factors may provide new forms of therapy for neurological diseases.

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