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Stimulation of megakaryocytopoiesis and thrombopoiesis by the c-Mpl ligand.

Physiological platelet synthesis is thought to require the humoral activities of meg-CSF and thrombopoietin, which respectively promote proliferation and maturation of megakaryocytic cells. A meg-CSF/thrombopoietin-like protein that is present in plasma of irradiated pigs has been purified and cloned. This protein binds to and activates the c-mpl protein, a member of the cytokine receptor superfamily. The isolated Mpl ligand shares homology with erythropoietin and stimulates both megakaryocytopoiesis and thrombopoiesis.[1]


  1. Stimulation of megakaryocytopoiesis and thrombopoiesis by the c-Mpl ligand. de Sauvage, F.J., Hass, P.E., Spencer, S.D., Malloy, B.E., Gurney, A.L., Spencer, S.A., Darbonne, W.C., Henzel, W.J., Wong, S.C., Kuang, W.J. Nature (1994) [Pubmed]
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