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Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2011 Dec;22(9):1012-8. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2011.10.005. Epub 2011 Oct 12.

Bone Morphogenetic Protein functions as a context-dependent angiogenic cue in vertebrates.

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McAllister Heart Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, United States.

Abstract

Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling has been implicated in diverse biological processes. Although how BMP signaling regulates behaviors of endothelial cells during angiogenesis are not fully understood, increasing evidence indicate functions of BMP signaling components are essential in developmental and pathological angiogenesis. Here we review recent advances in delineating the functions of BMP signaling during angiogenesis. In addition, we discuss downstream pathways that transduce BMP signaling in endothelial cells, and factors that modulate BMP signaling response in endothelial cells. Finally, we provide recent insight on how BMP signaling functions as a context dependent angiogenic cue.

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22008724
PMCID:
PMC3548572
DOI:
10.1016/j.semcdb.2011.10.005
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