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ABSTRACT

Transforming growth factor alpha (TGFα) is a close relative of epidermal growth factor (EGF), the first polypeptide mitogen discovered in 1962 (Cohen, 1962). TGFα, like EGF, exerts its effect on cells through binding to the EGF-Receptor (EGF-R). Here we review the molecular and cell biology of TGFα before proceeding to describe our own work on signaling molecules induced in response to activation of the EGF-R.