palifermin

Definition / meaning of palifermin

A recombinant form of the endogenous human keratinocyte growth factor. Palifermin binds to epithelial cell surface receptors in the lining of the mouth and gastrointestinal tract, resulting in stimulation of epithelial cell proliferation, differentiation and upregulation of cytoprotective mechanisms.

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

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