Medical Definition of Insulin-like growth factor i
A well-characterised basic peptide believed to be secreted by the liver and to circulate in the blood. It has growth-regulating, insulin-like, and mitogenic activities. This growth factor has a major, but not absolute, dependence on somatotropin. It is believed to be mainly active in adults in contrast to insulin-like growth factor II, which is a major foetal growth factor.
Chemical name: Insulin-like growth factor I
(12 Dec 1998)
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