Integrins and Angiogenesis

  • K. S. Riddelle-Spencer
  • D. A. Cheresh
Conference paper
Part of the Ernst Schering Research Foundation Workshop 28 book series (SCHERING FOUND, volume 28)


New blood vessel formation in previously avascular tissue occurs by one of two similar but distinct mechanisms: vasculogenesis or angiogenesis. In vasculogenesis, blood vessels develop by organizing angioblast precursor cells into columns that then differentiate into vessels with lumens. Angiogenesis involves the outgrowth or sprouting of new vasculature from larger, pre-existing blood vessels (Risau 1995). The formation of new blood vessels is involved in the normal physiological processes of embryonic development, female reproduction, and wound healing (Folkman 1995). However, unregulated angiogenesis plays a critical role in various pathological mechanisms such as solid tumor formation, metastasis, childhood hemangiomas, and psoriasis, as well as inflammation-related diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ulcerative colitis (Folkman 1995). Solid cancerous tumors will not expand beyond a minimal size unless new blood vessels supply oxygen, nutrients, and growth factors to the tumor cells (Folkman 1995). In addition, inappropriate vascularization of ocular tissues can lead to blindness; blood vessel growth into the normally avascular cornea can induce scarring, and proliferative vessels in the retina, as in diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, can induce retinal detachment and hemorrhage.


Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Diabetic Retinopathy Blood Vessel Formation Human Microvascular Endothelial Cell Integrin Alpha 
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