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Histol Histopathol. 2002 Jan;17(1):301-21.

Angiogenesis in the central nervous system: a role for vascular endothelial growth factor/vascular permeability factor and tenascin-C. Common molecular effectors in cerebral neoplastic and non-neoplastic "angiogenic diseases".

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  • 1Department of Pathology, New York University Medical Center, NY, USA.


Human pathological conditions of the central nervous system (CNS) associated with angiogenesis (i.e. neovascularization) include neoplastic, as well as infectious, ischemic, and traumatic processes. Upregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor/vascular permeability factor (VEGF/VPF) and tenascin-C (TN-C) is spatially and temporally related to neovascularization. Spatially, VEGF/VPF and TN-C are both found at the site of neovascularization, but they are not detected in areas of normal brain or in areas without neovascularization. Temporally, VEGF/VPF and TN-C are found at the peak of angiogenesis and are not detected when angiogenesis had ceased.

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