Healing action of nerve growth factor on lameness in adult goats

Nicola Costa, Marco Fiore, Luigi Aloe

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We investigated the effect of nerve growth factor in goats affected by lameness, a condition that is associated with cutaneous ulcers, abscesses and granulomas. Lesions were treated daily with 1 μg of nerve growth factor (NGF), dissolved in 100 μl of sesame oil or with sesame oil only. Healthy controls were treated with sesame oil only for periods ranging from two to four weeks and behavioral, biochemical and histopathological conditions were evaluated. Topical application of NGF, but not sesame oil, promoted ulcer healing in all goats within two-three weeks of treatment. The effect of NGF was to re-establish in about 60 days normal locomotion and indirectly to improve feeding behavior and milk production. These findings suggest that NGF might be clinically useful for healing damaged skin in goats and confirm previous studies on human corneal ulcers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-194
Number of pages8
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Behavior
  • Goat
  • Lameness
  • NGF
  • Skin
  • Ulcer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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