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N Engl J Med. 1989 Nov 23;321(21):1449-59.

Hematopoietic growth factors. Biology and clinical applications.

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Division of Hematology/Oncology, New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215.


The hematopoietic growth factors are potent regulators of blood-cell proliferation and development. The first phase of clinical trials suggests that they may augment hematopoiesis in a number of different conditions of primary and secondary bone marrow dysfunction. Future clinical use is likely to include combinations of these growth factors, in order to stimulate early marrow progenitors and obtain multilineage effects. An improved understanding of the biologic and clinical effects of hematopoietic growth factors promises future clinical applications for conditions of impaired function and reduced numbers of blood cells.

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