nerve growth factor

noun

Definition of nerve growth factor

: a protein that promotes development of the sensory and sympathetic nervous systems and is required for maintenance of sympathetic neurons

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Recent Examples on the Web This method led to the discovery of the nerve growth factor in the 1950s, and scientists still use it today to study stem cells. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Impossibly Tiny Organs Could Finally End Animal Testing," 9 Mar. 2020 Rita Levi-Montalcini, his colleague at the time, had made a seminal discovery of a protein known as nerve growth factor, which stimulated the growth of nerve cells in laboratory mice. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "Stanley Cohen, Nobel Prize-winning scientist who studied cellular growth, dies at 97," 9 Feb. 2020 NurOwn involves using stem cells derived from a patient’s own bone marrow to deliver nerve growth factors to nerves damaged by ALS. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Under “right-to-try” law, therapy may go for $300K—with no proof it will work," 22 June 2018 In early trials, NurOwn was effective at boosting those nerve growth factors in cerebral spinal fluid of patients. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Under “right-to-try” law, therapy may go for $300K—with no proof it will work," 22 June 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Nerve growth factor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nerve%20growth%20factor. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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nerve growth factor

noun

Medical Definition of nerve growth factor

: a protein that promotes development of the sensory and sympathetic nervous systems and is required for maintenance of sympathetic neurons abbreviation NGF

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