growth factor


growth factor
Any of various chemicals, particularly polypeptides, that have a variety of important roles in the stimulation of new cell growth and cell maintenance. They bind to the cell surface on receptors. Specific growth factors can cause new cell proliferation.

Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture . 2015.

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