This module introduces exponential growth, the Michaelis-Menten, and Lineweaver-Burk equations in the context of understanding how growth factors influence cell division. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.
Student Introduction: Under optimal conditions, growth of cells occurs as each cell completes the cell cycle and doubles producing two daughter cells which later themselves divide. Growth factors can provoke the growth of cells. For example, interleukins are made by white blood cells to stimulate the growth of other immune system cells. Erythropoietin is made by the kidney to promote growth of red blood cells.