nerve growth factor

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nerve growth factor

[′nərv ‚grōth ‚fak·tər]
(neuroscience)
A multimeric protein that promotes nerve cell growth and may protect some types of nerve cells from damage, including nerve cells in the cholinergic system.
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Kwon et al., "Epigallocatechin gallate protects nerve growth factor differentiated PC12 cells from oxidative-radical-stress-induced apoptosis through its effect on phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Akt and glycogen synthase kinase3," Molecular Brain Research, vol.
Key words: Brain derived nerve growth factor, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus
The treatment involves injecting Nerve Growth Factor - a protein thought to develop the brain in foetuses and babies - into the brain to protect tissue from the disease.
Or it may create oases en route in which nonnerve cells gather nerve growth factors and then release them to help sustain nerves passing by, Jaenisch suggests.
And participants with AD showed especially significant declines, which the authors theorized might be related to deficiencies of protective nerve growth factors and/or increases in levels of the toxic protein beta-amyloid, which have been linked both with AD and with major depressive disorder.
According to Whittington, so far only three components of platypus venom have been identified, including peptides related to antimicrobial peptides and nerve growth factors.
For example, when his group exposes the cultured cells to brain chemicals called nerve growth factors, the cells divide normally until they fill the culture dish, gradually differentiating into mature neurons.