Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a small secreted protein that is important for the growth, maintenance, and survival of certain target neurons (nerve cells). Producing cells release NGF that bind and activate TrkA high affinity receptors to mediate NGF-driven signaling. NGF also binds to a low affinity p75 (NTR) receptors, which belong to the death receptor family. Although NGF has been classically described as favoring neuron survival and differentiation, nerve growth factor can promote apoptosis in cells that contain p75 (NTR) and lack TrkA. NGF can induce neuron death in a variety of neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer disease. Besides its neurotrophic actions, NGF has an effect on non-neuronal cells and may help mediate inflammation, angiogenesis, and stimulate breast cancer cell growth.
NGF Polyclonal Antibody was affinity-purified from rabbit antiserum by affinity-chromatography using epitope-specific immunogen. This antibody has been tested with WB and ELISA. And Abbkine suggested starting dilutions are as follows: WB: 1:500-1:2000, ELISA: 1:10000. Not yet tested in other applications.
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