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[Epidermal growth factor: a probable oral and digestive health protector].

Authors
  • Egéa, J C
  • Hirtz, C
  • Valcarcel, J
  • Deville De Périère, D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pathologie Biologie
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2002
Volume
50
Issue
10
Pages
608–612
Identifiers
PMID: 12504370
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The integrity of oral and digestive mucosa depend on many salivary components like the Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF). Sometimes indicative, sometimes stimulated or modulated factor of oral and digestive health, EGF appears as a clinical marker in neoplastic and inflammatory diseases. As cellular growth factor, it protects the digestive mucosa with stimulation of mucus production and with inhibition of gastric secretion. Equally implicated in healing process, it enhances this one, and determines, in patients, more or less sensibility to inflammatory damages. Its strategic place in various pathologies, as stomach ulcer and tumoral process, open research prospects with a real potential of repair and pronostic.

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