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The Role of the Insulin-Like Growth Factor System in Pre- and Postnatal Growth, Development, and Tumorigenesis

  • Charles T. RobertsJr.
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Abstract

  • IGF action is an important regulator of pre- and postnatal growth in both experimental animals and in humans.

  • The complexity of the IGF signaling system of ligands, receptors, and binding proteins and their developmental and tissue-specific patterns of expression affords a powerful and finely orchestrated control mechanism throughout the life of the organism.

  • As a result of its ability to control growth and cell survival, the IGF system has the ability to affect, and has been implicated in, tumorigenesis in many types of cancer.

  • The IGF system has many components and aspects that make it an attractive therapeutic target for treatment of a number of disorders, including those affecting growth, cancer, and diabetes.

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Prostate Cancer Risk Hybrid Receptor Ventral Prostate Weight 
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