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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2006 Apr;1765(2):178-88. Epub 2005 Dec 21.

Regulation of tumor angiogenesis by thrombospondin-1.

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Department of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


Angiogenesis plays a critical role in the growth and metastasis of tumors. Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) is a potent angiogenesis inhibitor, and down-regulation of TSP-1 has been suggested to alter tumor growth by modulating angiogenesis in a variety of tumor types. Expression of TSP-1 is up-regulated by the tumor suppressor gene, p53, and down-regulated by oncogenes such as Myc and Ras. TSP-1 inhibits angiogenesis by inhibiting endothelial cell migration and proliferation and by inducing apoptosis. In addition, activation of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) by TSP-1 plays a crucial role in the regulation of tumor progression. An understanding of the molecular basis of TSP-1-mediated inhibition of angiogenesis and tumor progression will aid in the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer.

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