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Cancer Res. 2004 Jun 15;64(12):4059-63.

Deletion of laminin-8 results in increased tumor neovascularization and metastasis in mice.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China.


Laminin-8 (alpha 4 beta 1 gamma 1) is one of the major laminin isoforms expressed in vascular endothelial basement membranes. Here we show that deletion of laminin-8 in mice affects angiogenesis under pathological conditions. Murine tumor models used in laminin alpha 4-deficient mice results in hyperneovascularization and significant promotion of tumor growth and metastasis. The higher tumor growth rates in mutant mice correlate with decreased tumor cell apoptosis. Depletion of laminin alpha 4 chain may alter the structure of vascular basement membranes, leading to increased angiogenesis. Our data suggest that the laminin-8 plays a critical role in the regulation of pathological angiogenesis.

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