Insulin-like growth factor and somatomedin

What is Insulin-like growth factor and somatomedin?

Insulin-like growth factor and somatomedin meaning A protein made by the body that stimulates the growth of many types of cells. Iinsulin-like growth factor and somatomedin (IGF) is similar to insulin (a hormone made in the pancreas). There are two forms of IGF called IGF-1 and IGF-2. Higher than normal levels of IGF-1 may increase the risk of several types of cancer. IGF is a type of growth factor and a type of cytokine.

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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