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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2009 Jan 9;378(2):255-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.11.032. Epub 2008 Nov 18.

Deficiency of vascular endothelial growth factor-D does not affect murine adipose tissue development.

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  • 1Center for Molecular and Vascular Biology, KU Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg, O & N 1, Herestraat 49, Box 911, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.


Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-D deficiency had no significant effect on total body weight or on subcutaneous (SC) or gonadal (GON) adipose tissue mass of mice kept on a standard fat (SFD) or a high fat diet (HFD) for 15 weeks. The composition of SC and GON adipose tissues of VEGF-D deficient mice in terms of size and density of adipocytes or blood vessels was also comparable to that of wild-type control mice. Staining of lymphatic vessels in adipose tissue sections did not reveal marked differences between both genotypes. The absence of an effect of VEGF-D deficiency could not be explained by compensatory increases of VEGF-C expression in adipose tissues of the deficient mice. Thus, our data do not support an important role of VEGF-D in (lymph) angiogenesis or in adipose tissue development.

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