Stem cell factor and c-kit are expressed by and may affect vascular SMCs through an autocrine pathway.

INTRODUCTION Stem cell factor (SCF) is a membrane-bound and soluble growth factor that activates the c-kit tyrosine kinase receptor. Given the similarities between c-kit and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptors, we hypothesized that similar to PDGF, SCF/c-kit signaling may play a role in smooth muscle cell (SMC) function and thus the development… CONTINUE READING