EGF -->
epidermal growth factor
medical dictionary

<growth factor>

A mitogenic polypeptide initially isolated from male mouse submaxillary gland.

The name refers to the early bioassay, but epidermal growth factor is active on a variety of cell types, especially but not exclusively epithelial. Human equivalent originally named urogastrone owing to its hormone activity.

Acronym: EGF

(11 Mar 2008)