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Nerve growth factor

Nerve growth factor


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Nerve growth factor, beta polypeptide

1 edit [ 1 ] Nerve growth factor, beta polypeptide PDB rendering based on 1bet. Identifiers

PDB rendering based on 1bet.


External IDs

NGFB [2] ; Beta-NGF; HSAN5; MGC161426; MGC161428; NGF

OMIM: 162030 [3] MGI: 97321 [4] HomoloGene: 1876 [5] GeneCards: NGFB Gene [6]

RNA expression pattern

More reference expression data [ 7 ]

More reference expression data [7]





RefSeq (mRNA)

RefSeq (protein)

Location (UCSC)

PubMed search

4803 [8]

18049 [9]

ENSG00000134259 [10]

ENSMUSG00000027859 [11]

P01138 [12]

Q6LDU8 [13]

NM_002506 [14]

NM_013609 [15]

NP_002497 [16]

NP_038637 [17]

Chr 1:

115.63 - 115.68 Mb [18]

Chr 3:

102.6 - 102.65 Mb [19]

Nerve growth factor (NGF), is a small secreted protein which is important for the growth, maintenance, and survival of certain target neurons (nerve cells). It also functions as a signaling molecule. [22] [23] It is perhaps the prototypical growth factor, in that it is one of the first to be described. While "nerve growth factor" refers to a single

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factor, [24] "nerve growth factors" refers to a family of factors also known as neurotrophins. [25] Other members of the neurotrophin family that are well recognized include Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), Neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), and Neurotrophin 4/5 (NT-4/5).

Function and mechanism of action

NGF is critical for the survival and maintenance of sympathetic and sensory neurons. Without it, these neurons undergo apoptosis. [26] Nerve growth factor causes axonal growth. Studies have shown that it causes axonal branching and a bit of elongation. [27] NGF binds with at least two classes of receptors: the p75 LNGFR (for "low affinity nerve growth factor receptor") neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR)) and TrkA, a transmembrane tyrosine kinase. Both are associated with neurodegenerative disorders.

NGF binds to high-affinity tyrosine kinase receptor, TrkA. This phosphorylates TrkA, which leads to the activation of PI 3 Kinase, ras, and PLC signaling pathways.

There is evidence that NGF circulates throughout the entire body and is important for maintaining homeostasis. [28]

There is also evidence that shows that the precursor to NGF, pro-NGF, may also play important roles due to its abundance. These include apoptotic and neurotrophic properties. [29]


Stanley Cohen and Rita Levi-Montalcini discovered NGF in the 1950s while faculty members at Washington University in St Louis. However, its discovery, along with the discovery of other neurotrophins, was not widely recognized until 1986, when it won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. [30] [31] [32]

Studies in 1971 determined the primary structure of NGF. This eventually led to the discovery of the NGF gene.

Medical significance

NGF has the potential to help treat several diseases of the nervous system. It has shown this through numerous clinical trials. It has been shown to reduce neural degeneration. [33] It has also been shown to promote peripheral nerve regeneration in rats. [34]

There is strong evidence demonstrating the role of NGF as an inflammatory. [35] This may one day be used for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. [36] Also, it could possibly promote myelin repair. [37]

Also, NGF has been shown to play a role in number cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary atherosclerosis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. [38] Reduced plasma levels of NGF and BDNF have been associated with acute coronary syndromes and metabolic syndromes. [39] [40] NGF could also be related to various psychiatric disorders, such as dementia, depression, schizophrenia, autism, Rett syndrome, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. [41] NGF has also been shown to accelerate wound healing. There is evidence that it could be useful in the treatment of skin and cornea ulcers. [42]

NGF is known to have insulinotropic, angiogenic, and antioxidant properties. NGF suppresses food intake.

It has also been tied to Alzheimer's disease. [43] [44] [45]

Cultural significance

In 2005, Enzo Emanuele and coworkers at University of Pavia found that nerve growth factor (NGF) has high levels when people first fall in love, but these levels return to as they were after one year. Specifically, four neurotrophin levels, i.e. NGF, BDNF, NT-3, and NT-4, of 58 subjects who had recently fallen in love were compared with levels in a control group who were either single or already engaged in a long-term relationship. The results showed that NGF levels were significantly higher in the subjects in love than as compared to either of the control groups. [46] [47]


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Pietro Calissano has suggested that nerve growth factor may contribute to increased longevity and mental capacity. [49] Centenarian Rita Levi-Montalcini has been taking a daily solution in the form of eye drops, and has stated that her brain is more active now than it was four decades ago.


Nerve growth factor has been shown to interact with TrkA [50] [51] [52] and Low affinity nerve growth factor receptor. [50] [51]

See also

VGF Nerve Growth Factor-inducible, a protein whose expression is induced by NGF.

Hericium erinaceus an edible mushroom that's been shown to boost NGF

Huperzine A an herb-derived alkaloid that seems to boost NGF


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