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Abstract

The production of the leukemic cell-growth-promoting factor (LGF) in TGF-β1-treated fibroblast cells was studied. BALB/c3T3 mouse fibroblast(3T3) cells cultured in Eagle's medium containing a low concentration of TGF-β1 (0.04-1 ng/ml) secreted 3-5 times more LGF than the cells cultured in the absence of TGF-β1. The amount of LGF secretion was dose-dependent on the concentration of post-cultured medium and time-dependent after the addition of TGF-β1. Similar findings were obtained in human diploid fibroblasts, WI-38 cells. LGF is a 18KD glycoprotein that is acid-stable but heat-unstable.