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Implications of Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 in Skeletal Muscle and Various Diseases

Department of Medical Biotechnology, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 38541, Korea
Research Institute of Cell Culture, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 38541, Korea
Department of Biomedical Science, Daegu Catholic University, Gyeongsan 38430, Korea
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Cells 2020, 9(8), 1773;
Received: 22 June 2020 / Revised: 22 July 2020 / Accepted: 22 July 2020 / Published: 24 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Insulin-Like Growth Factors in Development, Cancers and Aging)


Skeletal muscle is an essential tissue that attaches to bones and facilitates body movements. Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is a hormone found in blood that plays an important role in skeletal myogenesis and is importantly associated with muscle mass entity, strength development, and degeneration and increases the proliferative capacity of muscle satellite cells (MSCs). IGF-1R is an IGF-1 receptor with a transmembrane location that activates PI3K/Akt signaling and possesses tyrosine kinase activity, and its expression is significant in terms of myoblast proliferation and normal muscle mass maintenance. IGF-1 synthesis is elevated in MSCs of injured muscles and stimulates MSCs proliferation and myogenic differentiation. Mechanical loading also affects skeletal muscle production by IGF-1, and low IGF-1 levels are associated with low handgrip strength and poor physical performance. IGF-1 is potentially useful in the management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, muscle atrophy, and promotes neurite development. This review highlights the role of IGF-1 in skeletal muscle, its importance during myogenesis, and its involvement in different disease conditions.
Keywords: skeletal muscle; IGF-1; MSCs; myogenesis skeletal muscle; IGF-1; MSCs; myogenesis

1. Introduction

Muscles attached to the bone are referred to as skeletal muscle (SM) and account for 30–50% of body weight and are responsible for skeletal movement. In the human body, SM is one of the most plastic and dynamic tissue and utilizes up to 50–75% of all body proteins [1,2]. SM cell proliferation and differentiation are vitally required for appropriate SM development throughout embryogenesis and for postnatal SM regeneration that is essential for muscle healing after injury [3]. In multicellular organisms, cell generation in all tissues is under the control of a network of tissue-specific regulators termed growth factors (GFs). GFs are low molecular weight peptides that are active during cell proliferation and differentiation [4,5], migration, and apoptosis, and play a significant role in managing growth signal responses throughout development [6]. GFs have been reported in blood vessels and epithelial, lymphoid, neural, muscle, lymphatic, erythroid, myeloid, and hepatic systems, and few GFs and cytokines are produced in each tissue [7]. GFs also regulate cellular responses during wound healing and act as endogenous signaling molecules [8]. Wound healing is a multifaceted physiological process that involves interplay between numerous cell types, GFs, extracellular matrix (ECM) constituents, and proteinases [9].
ECM is well known to preserve SM integrity and participates throughout myogenesis. Our group has explored the contributions made by several ECM components, e.g., fibromodulin [10,11,12], dermatopontin [2], and matrix gla protein [13], during myogenesis. In recent decades, the number of cases of debilitating injury has increased, and the treatment of individuals suffering from different chronic injuries incurs substantial costs, especially in the United States and Europe [14,15,16]. At each stage of healing, specific arrangements of cytokines and GFs must cooperate with their respective receptors and ECM constituents at their target locations [17,18].
GFs play a substantial role in tissue recovery as well as in the regulation of diverse cellular processes and act as signaling molecules between cells. Because of their instabilities and soluble natures, developments are required to enable their therapeutic use [19]. GF delivery has been a theme of augmented recent research attention owing to the controlled and targeted drug delivery in addition to the development of recombinant DNA methods that have enabled GFs creation [20,21,22]. Heparin, a profoundly sulfated glycosaminoglycan, has been used to facilitate the local delivery of GFs from different matrices (e.g., microcapsules [23]), as it binds and potentiates the activities of GFs. Specifically, heparin has been shown to prevent the deactivation of GFs [21,24], enhance their interactions with receptors [25], increase GF loading into delivery vehicles [26], and facilitate the long-terms releases of GFs [26,27].
Components of the endocrine system, such as growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), and androgens, are the foremost regulators of muscle metabolism. These endocrine components have substantial impacts on muscle and act as anabolic factors and significant regulators of muscle mass [28]. IGF-1 is a 70 aa polypeptide with autocrine, paracrine, and endocrine properties, and shares a ~60% similarity with IGF-2 and a 50% similarity with proinsulin structures [29]. The actions of IGF-1 and 2 are mainly facilitated by type 1 receptors. Insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF-1R) is required for cell growth and development and to maintain the cell cycle. IGF-1 and IGF-2 are also known as mitogenic peptides that show homology with each other and with insulin [30,31,32,33]. IGF-1 is considered to play key roles in fetal development and growth up to adolescence, and in the maintenance of homeostasis in adult tissues by regulating cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival (Figure 1). It has also been reported IGF-1 has atheroprotective, neuroprotective, and insulin-like effects and that it regulates skeletal muscle metabolism and regeneration [34]. Physiological maintenance of SM requires injury or stretch stimulation, which prompts IGF-1 expression [35]. The supplementation of pro-IGF-2 could be one of the most effective therapeutic approaches for muscle injury in elderly people [36].
IGF-1 mRNA gives rise to three proforms, IGF-1Ea, IGF-1Eb, and IGF-1Ec, which yield three different C-terminal extensions called Ea, Eb, and Ec peptides [37]. IGF-1Ea and IGF-1Eb are necessary for the initiation of myogenesis in mice, but the loss of IGF-1Ea is related to greater reductions in myogenesis than IGF-1Eb [38]. Interestingly, IGF-1Ea is upregulated by a single ramp stretch of one hour but reduced by repeated cyclical stretches, whereas IGF-1Eb is upregulated by cycling stacking [39]. At the point when the typical strain and stretch are not set up, the IGF-1 signaling pathway turns into deactivated and prompts muscle atrophy, as appeared in astronauts working in the microgravity environment [40]. IGF-1 is synthesized and released from the liver along with some other tissue such as muscle, heart, adipose tissue, brain, and pancreatic β-cell [41]. IGF1 proforms can induce breast cancer cell proliferation through its receptor [42]. IGF-1 is the main regulator of growth and metabolism in mammals [31,43]. Circulating IGF-1 is controlled by members of the IGF binding protein family (IGFBP-1~6) and acid-labile subunit (ALS). GH, insulin, and nutritional status are responsible for the secretion of IGF-1 [44,45]. The maintenance of hypertrophic phenotype by IGF-1Ea involves also the activation of AMPK pathways, a factor involved in the maintenance of whole-body energy balance and an “energy sensor” controlling glucose and lipid metabolism [46]. Either IGF-1Ea or IGF-1Eb expression in muscle, activating a series of anabolic and compensatory pathways, is able to avoid muscle loss and a normal muscle-nerve interaction [47]. IGFBP belongs to a family of soluble proteins having a high affinity to bind with IGF-1 and 2. In humans, IGFBP 3 is the most abundant IGFBP and binds with a maximum amount of circulating IGF-1 [28]. The half-life from minutes to ∼15 h is extended upon the incorporation of IGF-1 into the ternary complex, thus creating a stable pool of IGF-1 inside the circulation; which, further combined with the other IGFBP, can provide subtle regulation of the availability of IGF-1 to target tissues [48,49].

2. Role of IGF-1 in Skeletal Muscle

IGF-1 plays a critical role in myogenesis during embryonic development, although the mechanism responsible for IGF-1 mediated myoblast proliferation remains unclear [50]. Aging, ischemia, cancer, motor neuron degeneration, and heart failure are all associated with SM loss, for which there is no effective treatment. IGF-1 production plays an important role in muscle healing and maintenance. Preclinical experiments have shown that IGF-1 is associated with muscle mass and strength development, it reduces muscle degeneration, prevents excessive toxin-induced inflammatory expansion, and increases the proliferation capacity of muscle satellite cells (MSCs) [35]. MSCs are key players in SM regeneration [12], and IGF-1 is also produced in SM to control muscle growth in a paracrine/autocrine manner [51]. IGF-1 is also a biomarker of health and fitness; in fact, higher circulating IGF-1 concentrations are positively related to health factors associated with body structure and cardiovascular strength, and negatively related to body fat levels. Aerobic fitness and muscular stamina are positively associated with circulating IGF-1 concentrations [52]. Malnutrition, sepsis, critical sickness, high doses of exogenous glucocorticoids and inflammation, are responsible to lower the IGF-1 mRNA in muscle [51]. Like IGF-1, IGF-2 is also essential for muscle differentiation and development and acts in an autocrine manner [53]. Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1) has been reported to diminish IGF-2 gene expression in myoblasts, decrease IGF-2 secretion, and reduce IGF-1 receptor activation [54].

3. Mechanism of IGF-1 in Skeletal Muscle

Several tissues secrete IGF-1, and the actions of IGF-1 appear to be dependent on the secretory site. Most IGF-1, also known as “somatomedin C”, is secreted by the liver and transported as an endocrine hormone to other tissues [55]. The IGF-1 cascade is mediated by its interaction with IGF-1R, which has transmembrane locations and tyrosine kinase-like activity [51]. IGF-1R acts as a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) pathway activator and its expression is associated with myoblast proliferation and normal muscle mass maintenance [56] (Figure 2).
It has been reported that the mitogenic activity of IGF-1 on myoblast cells is crucial and mediated by two main signaling pathways, that is, the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK/ERK1/2) pathway and the PI3K/Akt pathway, which are both associated with cell cycle progression and cell survival [57]. Furthermore, the Akt-facilitated growth effect of IGF-1 in SM appears to promote protein synthesis and muscle cell development [58,59]. The PI3K-Akt cascade is the main IGF-1 signal activated in muscle. Akt1/Akt2 double-knockout mice and IGF-1R knockout mice displayed a severe growth deficiency. They both exhibited a decreased SM mass, although IGF-1R knockout mice attributed to a decrease in the number of muscle cells, whereas in the Akt1/Akt2 double-knockout mice attributed mostly to a decrease in individual cell size and suggested that IGF-1R functions during development are mostly dependent on Akt [60]. IGF-1 plays an essential role in myoblast proliferation and differentiation, and protects cells from apoptosis [61]. In the heterotetramer structure of IGF-1R, two subunits are responsible for IGF-1 binding and the other two subunits exhibit tyrosine kinase-like activity. The IGF-1 binding capability of the ligand-binding area of IGF-1R has a six-fold greater attraction for IGF-1 than IGF-2. After binding IGF-1, the intrinsic tyrosine kinase of IGF-1R autophosphorylates tyrosines that then act as docking positions for signaling proteins, which include insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1). IGF-1R also phosphorylates Shc, which subsequently triggers the RAS/MAP kinase pathway to prompt mitogenesis. Muscle injury enhances IGF-1 synthesis by MSCs in rodents, which stimulates MSC proliferation and differentiation to myoblasts [35,62,63]. Mechanical loading also affects the production of IGF-1 by SM [51,64].

4. Relationship Between IGF-1 and Myostatin

IGFs and myostatin (MSTN) have contrasting roles in the regulation of SM size and growth, in particular, MSTN inhibits SM growth [65]. Circulating MSTN-attenuating mediators are being developed to treat muscle-wasting ailments, as MSTN/activin receptors are widely distributed among many nonmuscle tissues [66]. Follistatin is an inhibitor of MSTN and induces dramatic SM mass increases, upon the IGF-1 receptor/Akt/mTOR cascade [67].
IGF-1 knockout mice show muscle hypoplasia [68]. Moreover, inhibition of MSTN stimulates the Akt/mTOR/S6K pathway, which is essential for the muscle hypertrophy initiated by IGF-1 [69,70,71]. The regulation of IGF-1 during the muscle hypertrophy induced by MSTN inhibition is still disputed. Elevated expressions of muscle mRNA and circulating concentrations of IGF-1 were observed following MSTN inhibition [67]. Morissette et al. reported that Akt protein levels were high in SMs of MSTN knockout mice [70].

5. Role of IGF-1 in Different Diseases

5.1. Role of IGF-1 in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a form of muscular dystrophy associated with X-linked recessive disorder caused by mutation of dystrophin in SM [72,73]. DMD shows a male predominance and causes muscle degeneration. Several studies have demonstrated extremely encouraging outcomes for IGF-1 treatment in DMD [74,75]. Moreover, muscle and circulating levels of IGF-1 frequently reduce in response to glucocorticoids [76]. In vitro study by Fang et al. demonstrated that glucocorticoid and IGF-1 cotreatment participate in myogenic differentiation through the Akt/GSK-3β pathway in C2C12 myoblasts. It revealed that increased phosphorylated Ser473-Akt and phosphorylated Ser9-GSK-3b as well as myogenic differentiation, provide a way for a potential alternative strategy to DMD treatment [76]. IGF-1 has been recommended for patients experiencing muscle-wasting conditions [77] and various studies have explored the functional properties of dystrophic SM after IGF-1 treatment. Lynch et al. found that four weeks of IGF-1 treatment (~2 mg/kg body mass, 50 g/h delivered subcutaneously by a miniosmotic pump) increased the mass and force-producing limit of SM from dystrophic mice. Furthermore, IGF-1 increased extensor digitorum longus (EDL) and soleus muscle masses of dystrophic mice by 20% and 29%, respectively, as compared with untreated dystrophic controls [77].

5.2. Role of IGF-1 in Muscle Atrophy

Muscle atrophy (MA) is defined as a loss of muscle mass and quality, and it is encountered in several disease conditions, for example, in malignancies, AIDS, congestive cardiovascular breakdown, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and renal failure and in serious burn patients [78]. Anabolic-androgenic steroids and different hormones, such as GH and IGF-1 appear to increase muscle mass in patients with MA [79]. Lama2-linked muscular dystrophy is a serious congenital muscular dystrophy produced by mutations in the LAMA2 gene, and is associated with several pathological problems such as inflammation, apoptosis, fibrosis, necrosis, severe muscle weakness, and subnominal postnatal growth. As indicated by Accorsi et al. losartan combinatorial management appeared to enhance transgenic IGF-1 overexpression, recover postnatal growth, reduce inflammation and fibrosis, increase body weights, and result in a remarkable restoration of muscle architecture and locomotory ability in DyW mice (mouse model of Lama2-related muscular dystrophy) [80].

5.3. Role of IGF-1 in Cancer

Increases in IGF-1R activity promote cancer cell proliferation, migration, and invasion and are related to tumor metastasis, treatment resistance, and reduced survival [81]. IGFBP2 has been identified as a prominent oncogene in most epithelial cancers [82]. A number of authors have proposed IGFBP2 viewed as a potential target for regulating cancer metastasis and invasion-related signaling networks, though its mode of action is keenly debated [83]. IGF-1 has been reported to upregulate angiogenesis and tumor invasion by activating matrix metalloproteinases [84], which are well known nonglycolytic proteolytic enzyme biomarkers in several cancer types [85]. Currently, therapies targeting the IGF system have attracted considerable attention in cancer research. The proliferative, antiapoptotic, and transformative impacts of IGFs are primarily activated by IGF-1R ligation [86]. Higher levels of serum IGF-1 are linked with increased risk of several common cancers comprising breast, colorectal, and prostate [87].

5.4. Role of IGF-1 in Neurodegeneration

Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases and prion disorders are associated with aging [88,89,90,91,92]. A number of promising results show that IGF-1 has a restorative impact on the brain by expanding hippocampal neurogenesis and memory accuracy in older people and potentially in individuals with neurodegenerative disorders [93]. IGF-1 has a progressively more powerful trophic impact than GH on sensory and motor neurons and on neuronal growth and recovery. IGF-1 stimulates neurite development and assumes an essential role during central and peripheral nervous system development [94,95].
It can be summarized that IGF-1 plays a crucial role in the management of various diseases and could be used in the therapeutic possibilities of several diseases, including DMD, muscle atrophy, etc. Recent IGF-1 studies are detailed in Table 1, which clearly showed the role of IGF-1 in various areas such as SM regeneration, tissue recovery, depression pathophysiology, etc.

6. Interaction Between IGF-1 and IGF-1R

Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) provide graphical illustrations of interactions between two or more proteins. PPI strategy plays an important role in the body for metabolic and signaling processes. A better understanding of the interaction between IGF-1 and IGF-1R along with several other associated proteins (Figure 3A) was obtained by SIGnaling Network Open Resource (SIGNOR; The SIGNOR web tool can be used to predict activation/inactivation, interactions, and connections between biomolecules and signaling molecules [104]. GFs and other membrane-bound entities (e.g., ECM molecules) activate transmembrane receptors that trigger signaling responses that eventually regulate gene expressions and metabolic processes (Figure 4).
The STRING database ( enables critical assessments or direct (physical) and indirect (functional) PPIs. By using STRING [105], we were able to identify interacting nodes between IGF-1 and IGF-1R (Figure 3B). The interactions generated by the STRING are based on the known interactions (from the curated databases and experimentally determined), predicted interactions (e.g., gene neighborhood and gene co-occurrence) as well as few other factors viz. text mining, coexpression, etc. In this interaction, several other associated proteins such as IGFBP 1 to 6, insulin (INS), insulin to its receptor (INSR), and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) were found to interact with each other through IGF-1 and IGF1R. Black lines represent the coexpression while the light blue line represents the protein homology. Text-mining data represents the association between proteins as shown in Figure 3B. The half-life of the IGFs are prolonged by IGFBP and helped in the growth-promoting effects of the IGFs on cell culture. INS decreases blood glucose and increases cell permeability to amino acids, monosaccharides, and fatty acids. Binding of insulin to its receptor (INSR) leads to phosphorylation of intracellular substrates, such as insulin receptor substrates (IRS1, 2, 3, 4), SHC, GAB1, and other signaling intermediates. Each of these phosphorylated proteins serve as docking proteins for other signaling proteins. VEGFA is active in angiogenesis, vasculogenesis and endothelial cell growth, it induces endothelial cell proliferation, promotes cell migration, inhibits apoptosis and induces permeabilization of blood vessels (
In Figure 4, the green circle represents the protein which binds with its receptor to direct the signaling path inside the cell. IGF-1 interaction is clearly shown in different parts of cells such as membrane to the nucleus. In this figure, the red line represents the downregulation while upregulation is represented by the blue line. The dotted line represents the binding mode between the intermediates.
The functions of proteins associated with IGF-1 are provided in Table 2, and the role played by IGF-1 in myogenesis is depicted schematically in Figure 5. The different myogenic regulatory factors such as Pax3, Pax7, MyoD, Myf5, MyoG, and Mrf4 genes are collectively expressed in the SM lineage in different tissues during development [106,107]. IGF-1 plays an important role in the activation of precursor cells and helps in the activation of the regenerative process. IGF-1 also increases the proliferation and differentiation of satellite cells and myoblast respectively. IGF-1 helps in myofiber repair. In precise, IGF-1 can favor regenerative myogenesis and support the robustness of myofibers [108]. Collectively, IGF-1 is helpful in satellite cell proliferation and differentiation. Skeletal myogenesis is an extraordinarily complex process, which is regulated at multiple levels, and transcriptional regulation naturally plays an important role during muscle formation.
The structure obtained by the SIGNOR network (Figure 3A) is showing the different proteins which are interlinked to IGF-1. These proteins are listed in the left part of Table 2. Now, here authors tried to elaborate in a single word about the function of these proteins as mentioned in the right part of Table 2. The IGFBP family consists of six IGFBPs, namely IGFBP1 to IGFBP6, however other proteins with low binding affinity to IGFs were known as IGFBP7, IGFBP8, IGFBP9 [109].
Overall GH is known to stimulate growth in children and adolescents with various metabolic functions [112]. Musculoskeletal injuries represent a major public health problem [113], and medications improve muscle repair and restore functions. Increasing IGF-1 levels improves SM recovery after myotoxic injury and the administration of IGF-1 has the potential for accelerating healing after trauma [114].

7. Concluding Remarks

IGF-1 plays an important role in the maintenance of muscle mass by acting in paracrine, autocrine, or endocrine manners. GH upregulates IGF-1 synthesis in the liver, and thereby, increases its plasma concentrations. IGF-1 is the main stimulator of SM mass since this hormone increases protein synthesis and decreases proteolysis. In addition, IGF-1 increases MSC proliferation and myoblast proliferation and differentiation during normal growth or regeneration after SM injury. Therefore, IGF-1 increases SM mass and muscle functional capacities. In addition, IGF-1 plays an important role in the prevention of muscle atrophy. The development of IGF-1 for the treatment of muscle-wasting conditions remains an important research challenge.

Author Contributions

S.S.A. and K.A. contributed to the systematic review of literature, and the design and writing of the manuscript; K.A., E.J.L., Y.-H.L. contributed to the systematic review of literature; I.C. contributed to the supervision of the manuscript editing, and the revision of major intellectual content. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This research was funded by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2020R1A6A1A03044512) and by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean government (MSIP: Grant No. NRF-2018R1A2B6001020).

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


SMskeletal muscle
GFsgrowth factors
ECMextracellular matrix
MSCmuscle satellite cell
IGF-1insulin-like growth factor-1
IGF-1Rinsulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor
TGF-βtransforming growth factor beta
GHgrowth hormone
DMDDuchenne muscular dystrophy
MAmuscle atrophy
IGFBPIGF binding proteins


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Figure 1. Role of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in skeletal muscle. IGF-1 is responsible for fetal development, child growth, and muscle regeneration, and elevated IGF-1 levels are required for muscle satellite cell (MSC) and myoblast proliferation, postinjury regeneration, and the increase of skeletal mass.
Figure 1. Role of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in skeletal muscle. IGF-1 is responsible for fetal development, child growth, and muscle regeneration, and elevated IGF-1 levels are required for muscle satellite cell (MSC) and myoblast proliferation, postinjury regeneration, and the increase of skeletal mass.
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Figure 2. The molecular mechanism of IGF-1. IGF-1 interacts with its receptor (IGF-1R), and thus, activates the PI3K/Akt and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, which regulate MSC proliferation and differentiation.
Figure 2. The molecular mechanism of IGF-1. IGF-1 interacts with its receptor (IGF-1R), and thus, activates the PI3K/Akt and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, which regulate MSC proliferation and differentiation.
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Figure 3. Protein-Protein interactions of IGF-1 with its associated proteins generated by (A) SIGnaling Network Open Resource, (B) STRING.
Figure 3. Protein-Protein interactions of IGF-1 with its associated proteins generated by (A) SIGnaling Network Open Resource, (B) STRING.
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Figure 4. The mechanistic role of IGF-1 during skeletal muscle differentiation. The figure shows signaling interactions during muscle differentiation as predicted by SIGnaling Network Open Resource (SIGNOR).
Figure 4. The mechanistic role of IGF-1 during skeletal muscle differentiation. The figure shows signaling interactions during muscle differentiation as predicted by SIGnaling Network Open Resource (SIGNOR).
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Figure 5. Role of IGF-1 in myogenesis. IGF-1 is activated during muscle regeneration and increases MSC proliferation and differentiation. In addition, IGF-1 promotes myofiber repairs.
Figure 5. Role of IGF-1 in myogenesis. IGF-1 is activated during muscle regeneration and increases MSC proliferation and differentiation. In addition, IGF-1 promotes myofiber repairs.
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Table 1. Recent research studies on IGF-1 in different fields.
Table 1. Recent research studies on IGF-1 in different fields.
S. No.Role of IGF-1YearReferences
1.IGF-1 helps in the growth and regeneration of SM and bones. Its signaling in the smooth muscle cell and in fibroblast is a critical factor of normal vascular wall growth and atheroprotection.2020[96,97]
2.IGF-1 helps in the activation of IGF-1R and muscle tissue recovery. Shapiro et al. indicate that the IGFBP-3/IGF1 conjugated framework has the potential to be utilized for in-situ muscle tissue recovery. 2019[98,99]
3.IGF-1 have pleiotropic consequences on the skeleton during the life expectancy by prompting the bone development and resorption. Lower IGF-1 levels are related to lower handgrip strength and more terrible physical execution.2018[100,101]
4.GH/IGF-1 treatment had various impacts on patients with traumatic brain injury, proving a high recuperation of neurons and clinical results.2017[95]
5.IGF-1 appear in the regulation of neuronal harm, toxic insults, and a few other neurodegenerative procedures.2016[102]
6.According to Kopczak et al., the signaling of IGF-1 could play a role in the pathophysiology of depression.2015[103]
Table 2. Function of IGF-1 related proteins.
Table 2. Function of IGF-1 related proteins.
S. No.NameFunction
1.IGF-1RCell growth and survival control
2.IGFBP3 and IGFBP4Enhance the capability of IGF-1 to promote cell growth
3.Probable E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase makorin-3 (MKRN3)Catalyze the covalent interactions of ubiquitin moieties onto substrate proteins
4.IGFBP-complex acid-labile subunit (IGFALS)Regulation of the circulation of IGFs and receptor-ligand binding [110]
5.Protein BANPCell cycle arrest
6.Transcription factor E2F1Mediate cell proliferation
7Transcription factor SOX-4High-affinity binding to the T-cell enhancer motif 5’-AACAAAG-3’ motif
8.IGFBP7Stimulates cell adhesion
9.IGFBP5Change the interaction of IGFs with their cell surface receptors.
10.Immunoglobulin superfamily member 1 (IGSF1)Essential to mediate a specific antagonistic effect of inhibin B on activin-stimulated transcription
11.Insulin-degrading enzymeCellular breakdown of insulin
12.IGFBP1, IGFBP3, IGFBP5Stimulate IGF actions
13.LDLR chaperone MESD (low-density lipoprotein receptors)Help in embryonic polarity and mesoderm induction
14.Protein NOV homolog (IGFBP9)Binds with integrins or other membrane receptors e.g., NOTCH1 [111]
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