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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1988 May 31;153(1):347-52.

Angiogenic activity of adipose tissue.

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Department of Physiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115.


Adipose tissue has been used to promote wound healing and to revascularize ischemic myocardium. We explored whether fat from various sources was angiogenic in the cornea. Rabbit subcutaneous and omental fat induced grossly visible neovascularization of all rabbit corneas studied, and at a similar rate and intensity. Neovascularization was not observed in any cornea following control implantation of liver or muscle. Neovascularization was blocked in all rabbits in which indomethacin was administered orally 3 days before implantation of fat and continued following implantation, suggesting that prostaglandins are associated with fat induced angiogenesis.

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