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J Pediatr. 1997 Nov;131(5):748-50.

Effects of milk-borne colony stimulating factor-1 on circulating growth factor levels in the newborn infant.

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Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York, USA.


Colony stimulating factor-1 (CSF-1) concentrations in colostrum were 20 to 25 times higher than in serum at birth and declined with lactation. No difference in concentrations of circulating CSF-1, however, were noted between breast-fed and formula-fed infants, suggesting that milk-borne CSF-1 may feed back negatively on endogenous growth factor levels, may act locally in the gastrointestinal tract, or may be locally degraded.

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