Growth Factors
Signaling Pathways

Author: Gianpiero Pescarmona
Date: 18/04/2009


The term Growth Factor usually refers to a naturally occurring peptide capable of stimulating cellular growth (proliferation and/or differentiation and/or survival).

The information content of growth factors includes:

  1. Aminoacids availability
  2. Existance of specific living cells able to release them

The target cells will modify their behavior according to this information and to types and number of receptors they have,

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