hepatocyte growth factor

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hepatocyte growth factor

A cytokine monokine involved in immune and inflammatory responses. It is produced by platelets, fibroblasts, macrophages, endothelial cells, and smooth muscle cells. It stimulates growth of hepatocytes and increases migration and motility of various epithelial and endothelial cells.
See also: factor
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Whawell et al., "Metalloproteinase expression in normal and malignant oral keratinocytes: stimulation of MMP-2 and -9 by scatter factor," European Journal of Oral Sciences, vol.
"As the name scatter factor suggests, this cytokine encourages cells to become more mobile and `scatter,'" said Dr.
Phantom scatter factor and tissue maximum ratios (TMR) were measured and used in the formula to evaluate the calculated PDDs values.
Smooth muscle releases an epithelial scatter factor which bind to heparin.