Hepatocyte growth factor is a growth factor for rat alveolar type II cells.

@article{Mason1994HepatocyteGF,
  title={Hepatocyte growth factor is a growth factor for rat alveolar type II cells.},
  author={Robert J. Mason and Christina C. Leslie and Kathleen McCormick-Shannon and Robin R. Deterding and Toshikazu Nakamura and Jeffrey S. Rubin and John M. Shannon},
  journal={American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology},
  year={1994},
  volume={11 5},
  pages={561-7}
}
Proliferation of alveolar type II cells is thought to be critical for restoration of gas exchange units after diffuse alveolar damage. However, the factors that regulate type II cell proliferation are not well understood. Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a potentially important mitogen because it causes epithelial cells but not fibroblasts to proliferate and is found in the lung. We used rat alveolar type II cells in primary culture to demonstrate that HGF stimulates DNA synthesis in a… CONTINUE READING

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