FGF-9 is a heparin binding growth factor, which is a member of the FGF family of proteins. FGF family members possess broad mitogenic and cell survival activities, and are involved in a variety of biological processes, including embryonic development, cell growth, morphogenesis, tissue repair, tumor growth and invasion. FGF-9 is produced mainly by neurons and may have a role in glial cell growth and differentiation during development; gliosis during repair and regeneration of brain tissue after damage, differentiation and survival of neuronal cells, and growth stimulation of glial tumors.
Image: FGF-9 (fibroblast growth factor 9) was detected in paraffin-embedded tissue sections of human placenta. Tissue stained using anti-goat HRP-AEC (red) and Haematoxylin (blue) counterstain (dilution: 5 ug/ml.).