Is one of several members of the substance group Neurotropins.
NGF is a relatively small nerve cell-produced protein molecule, which is of greatest importance during the maturation period of the nervous system.
NGF then has a crucial growth-promoting, regenerating and life-sustaining function, which with regard to the adult CNS, with few exceptions, has lost its significance.
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