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A gene on chromosome 12q13.2 that encodes a member of the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) family and the TGF-beta superfamily, which regulate cell growth and differentiation in embryonic and adult tissues. GDF11 is thought to play a role in mesodermal formation and neurogenesis during embryonic development.
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To give you an idea of advances happening at prestigious universities, a protein found in the blood of young animals called GDF-11 is inducing systemic rejuvenation effects on bone, muscle, heart, blood vessels, and brains of older animals.
This same protein (GDF-11) is found in young humans as well as animals.
GDF-11 is a protein found in young human blood that disappears as people age.
GDF-11 (growth difference factor 11) is abundant in young blood but not old blood.
Infusions of GDF-11 physically increase the strength and stamina of muscles.
Infusions of GDF-11 reverse DNA damage inside muscle stem cells.