Brain protection by erythropoietin: a manifold task.

Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.
Physiology (Impact Factor: 5.65). 11/2008; 23:263-74. DOI: 10.1152/physiol.00016.2008
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ABSTRACT Many hematopoietic growth factors are produced locally in the brain. Among these, erythropoietin (Epo), has a dominant role for neuroprotection, neurogenesis, and acting as a neurotrophic factor in the central nervous system. These functions make erythropoietin a good candidate for treating diseases associated with neuronal cell death.

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