In vitro investigation of growth factors including MGF and IGF-1 in neural stem cell activation, proliferation, and migration.

Tunç B. S. , Toprak F., Toprak S. F. , Sozer S.

Brain research, vol.1759, pp.147366, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1759
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.brainres.2021.147366
  • Title of Journal : Brain research
  • Page Numbers: pp.147366
  • Keywords: Mechano growth factor, Neural stem cell, Neurogenesis, FGF-2, IGF-1


Neurogenesis is mainly activated after damage in adult tissues. This destruction activates the neural stem cells (NSCs) by exiting from a quiescent state and initiating proliferation, differentiation, and migration towards the damaged area. Although studies have investigated to clarify the process of NSC biology and neurogenesis, there are still significant artifacts in understanding the primary mechanism. It is known that only a small percentage of NSC become neurons and integrate into the brain tissue after this process. The significant proportion differentiates to become either astrocytes or oligodendrocytes. Furthermore, the quiescent stem cells in the niche are mainly activated by the stimuli affect. In recent years, many studies have been conducted with varying hormones, some of which might provide neuro-stimulation effect and/or involved in the regeneration of the brain tissue and/or neuroprotection from traumatic or ischemic pathologies, including Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), Mechano Growth Factor (MGF), Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF-2), Erythropoietin (EPO), Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF).