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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 1995 Dec;6(6):675-80.

VEGF-mediated tumour angiogenesis: a new target for cancer therapy.

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Tumor Biology Center, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Freiburg, Germany.


Considerable evidence is gathering for the involvement of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the vascularization and growth of primary tumours as well as in the formation of metastases. The expression of VEGF depends on activated oncogenes and inactivated tumour suppressor genes as well as several other factors (e.g. growth factors, tumour promoters and hypoxia). Substantial expression of the receptors for VEGF is restricted mainly to the tumour blood vessels. The causal involvement of this angiogenic factor in the progression of disease has been successfully evaluated by means of monoclonal antibodies against VEGF, dominant-negative receptor mutants and the use of antisense oligonucleotides against the VEGF mRNA. Thus, the VEGF signalling system seems to be an appropriate target to inhibit tumour angiogenesis and metastases formation.

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