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Trends Cell Biol. 1998 Oct;8(10):404-10.

Developmental roles of HGF/SF and its receptor, the c-Met tyrosine kinase.

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Dept of Medical Genetics, Max-Delbrück-Centrum for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany.


A number of developmental processes that involve cell migration, growth or morphogenesis depend on extracellular signals. A molecule that provides such signals, known as hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor (HGF/SF), has attracted considerable interest in recent years because of its distinct structure, mechanism of activation and important roles throughout embryogenesis. This review discusses the main features of HGF/SF and its receptor, the product of the c-met protooncogene, and their role in embryogenesis.

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