Les récepteurs des facteurs de croissance des fibroblastes: une famille qui s'agrandit
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The fibroblast growth factors (FGF) are a family of seven polypeptides, the physiological importance of which has been early recognized. By contrast, their receptors have been identified only recently : they consist of protein tyrosine kinases, and of proteoglycans that serve as accessory molecules. Four genes code for receptor tyrosine kinases that, through alternative splicing mechanisms, generate multiple receptor moieties. A single proteoglycan has been formally identified as receptor for the FGFs, but several clues led to suggest that this syndecan is but one member of a whole family of proteins. The FGFs and their receptors constitute a unique example of double redundancy, as each FGF seems to associate to several receptor molecules, which in turn bind several FGFs. The advantages of such a profusion are not well understood, and several explanations are discussed.
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Coulier, F. ; Pizette, S. ; Batoz, M. ; Birnbaum, D., Les récepteurs des facteurs de croissance des fibroblastes: une famille qui s'agrandit, Med Sci (Paris), 1992, Vol. 8, N° 8; p.811-818