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|Akdeniz University School of Medicine, Turkey|
|ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Clin Exp Dermatol Res|
|GDF-15 (Growth Differentiation Factor-15) is a member of the transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) superfamily. GDF-15 is not only involved in cancer development, progression, angiogenesis and metastasis, but also controls stress responses, bone formation, hematopoietic development, adipose tissue function and cardiovascular diseases. GDF-15 is regulated by p53, has shown antitumorigenic and proapoptotic activities in vivo and in vitro. Also, GDF-15 is involved in skin biology and histamine-induced melanogenesis; it is overexpressed in melanoma cells and is associated with depth of tumor invasion and metastasis. GDF-15 level is increased in patients with systemic sclerosis and is related with the degree of skin sclerosis and intensity of pulmonary fibrosis. In the future, GDF-15 may be a potential target for therapy in benign disorders with skin fibrosis and malignant lesions of the skin.|
Sevil Alan has received her PhD from Ege University, Turkey during the period of 1993-1999. She completed her Dermatology Residency at the Adana Numune Education and Research Hospital in Adana, Turkey. Currently, she is working as a Dermatologist in Akdeniz University School of Medicine, Turkey. She is an Editorial Board Member of journals like SM Dermatology, Dermatology & Pigmentation Disorders, and International Journal of Clinical Dermatology & Research (IJCDR). She is serving as a Reviewer for journals like JAMA Dermatology, International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health, International Medical Journal of Sifa University. She has authored many research articles.
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