A substance secreted by bone marrow which promotes the growth and differentiation of stem cells into colonies of specific blood cells.
- The maturation of white blood cells in the bone marrow and their release into the circulation are influenced by colony-stimulating factors, interleukins, tumor necrosis factor and complement components.
- Growth factors are members of the cytokine family, which includes interleukins and colony-stimulating factors.
- They are a large group of molecules and include the interferons, interleukins, and various colony-stimulating factors (CSFs).
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