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Neuroreport. 1994 Nov 21;5(17):2281-4.

Nerve growth factor levels in developing rat skin: upregulation following skin wounding.

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Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College, London, UK.


Levels of nerve growth factor (NGF) in rat hindpaw skin, measured with a sensitive two-site enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, show two peaks during normal development. The first (57 +/- 5 pg mg-1) occurs at embryonic days (E) 18-20 and coincides with the arrival of axon terminals into the hindpaw skin. The second, larger peak (132 +/- 10 pg mg-1), occurs later, around postnatal day (P) 21 and may be involved in maintenance of neuronal phenotype. Levels outside the two peaks stay relatively constant throughout development (30 pg mg-1). Skin wounding at birth produces a marked increase in NGF levels (149 +/- 25 pg mg-1) which declines after 4 days. This large increase is not observed if wounding is performed at older ages and may underlie the sensory hyperinnervation that accompanies neonatal wounds.

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