IGFR

Definition / meaning of IGFR

A protein found on the surface of some types of cells that binds to insulin-like growth factor (IGF). This causes the cells to grow and divide. IGFR is found at high levels on the surface of several types of cancer cells, which causes these cells to grow rapidly in the presence of IGF. Also called insulin-like growth factor receptor.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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