Nerve Growth Factors (NGF)
Nerve growth factors (NGFs) are proteins that play a crucial role in the development, maintenance, and repair of the nervous system. They are produced by various cells, including neurons, glial cells, and immune cells. NGFs support the growth, survival, and differentiation of neurons, promoting the formation of new nerve cells and connections in the brain and peripheral nervous system. These factors also help in the maintenance and protection of existing neurons and play a role in regulating neuronal function. NGFs are essential for proper nerve development during embryonic development and continue to be important throughout life for neuroplasticity and nerve regeneration following injury or damage. They have been studied for their potential therapeutic applications in treating various neurological disorders and promoting nerve repair in conditions such as peripheral neuropathy or spinal cord injuries.