Colony Stimulating Factor (CSF)
Granulocyte-Colony Stimulating Factor (G-CSF),
Macrophage-Colony stimulating factor (M-CSF),
Granulocyte-Macrophage-Colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF)
that stimulate growth and
reproduction of certain kinds of blood cells in
the . Also referred to as growth factors .
The production of is controlled by colony stimulating factors. Cancer chemotherapy and
are among the causes of low white blood counts, which lower resistance to infection.
Thus, CSFs are being investigated not only as a way to counteract low white blood cell
counts, but also as a way to produce specific types of white blood cells. In addition,
there is hope that CSFs can stimulate the body to produce additional bone marrow as
well as cause some cancer cells to stop dividing.