HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Novel findings about neovessel formation

The formation of blood vessels is a normal process during embryogenesis and wound healing. But there is also an unwanted formation of blood vessels, in tumors, for example, or in retinopathy, an eye disease that affects many diabetics. Researcher Mattias Belting at Lund University, together with an American research team at The Scripps Research Institute, has uncovered previously unknown mechanisms behind the generation of blood vessels that may pave the way for new drugs in the future.

The main role in the new findings is played by a protein called tissue factor. This factor turns out to have both a stimulatory function and an inhibitory function in the generation of blood vessels. Normally these two functions neutralize each other, but in diseases like retinopathy - where unwanted blood vessels grow into the retina - this balance is disturbed. The research team shows this in an article in the May issue of Nature Medicine.

Tissue factor is found in the cell walls of endothelial cells that line the lumenal side of blood vessels. The part of the tissue factor that faces the cell exterior sends signals, in combination with a certain so-called coagulation factor, to activate blood vessel cells to generate new vessel structures. The part of the tissue factor that resides on the inside of cells sends opposing signals that inhibit cell activation.

The group has unraveled these mechanisms by using several methods. For one thing, they have managed to generate transgenic mice that lack either the inhibitory mechanism, the stimulatory mechanism, or both. The results turned out accordingly: in mice without the inhibitory mechanism, for example, they have observed abnormally rapid growth of blood vessels in the retina and in tumors.

Another discovery reported in the article involves pathologically altered blood vessels from deceased patients with diabetes retinopathy. In these vessels it could be seen that the stimulatory mech
'"/>

Contact: Mattias Belting
mattias.belting@medkem.lu.se
46-46-222-4077
Swedish Research Council
10-May-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Novel therapy tested in mice could chase away cat allergies
2. Novel antibiotic shows promise in shortening treatment duration of tuberculosis
3. Novel p53 gene-based therapy boosts immune system and reduces tumor size
4. Novel drugs help solve Gleevec resistance
5. Novel imaging technique shows abnormal brain anatomy in children with ADHD
6. Novel drug-antidote strategy provides greater control of drug action
7. Novel imaging technique shows lymph nodes, metastases in breast cancer without surgery
8. Novel delivery method for nutrients wins Kaye Innovation Award for Hebrew university students
9. Novel vitamin discovery offers clues for cancer chemotherapy and lipid disorders
10. Novel MRI technique provides clear images of blood flow
11. Novelty-seeking teens may be more easily influenced by tobacco advertisements

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/7/2018)... ... ... Start your engines and race to the new Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends ... the name of the game here – whether it’s flying straight forward on Church ... Speedway oval. , The timing couldn’t be better with a few of the nation’s ...
(Date:9/3/2018)... ... September 03, 2018 , ... Trees with fall colors are ... in full leaf and green through September. When a tree is under stress, its ... trees of the same type. Giroud Tree and Lawn provides the top ...
(Date:9/1/2018)... ... 31, 2018 , ... “Vitamin D is the Key: The Myth, the Reality ... hot new release in Vitamins and Supplements, Medical Atlases, Vitamins, Medical References, and was ... tour around the United States. , With all the medical advancements over the last ...
(Date:9/1/2018)... ... September 01, 2018 , ... ... International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) that aims to encourage pain management ... is partnering with IVAPM by educating pet owners of the many forms of ...
(Date:8/31/2018)... ... August 31, 2018 , ... Kessler Foundation, a major center ... MRI Simulator. In the MRI Simulator, the individual experiences the conditions of an ... scan experience, research participants become accustomed to the sights and sounds of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/15/2018)... ... 2018 , ... Today, Mediaplanet announces the launch of this ... within rare diseases research diagnostics and highlights what industry experts and patients see ... , The print component of "Rare Diseases" is distributed in this weekend's edition ...
(Date:9/13/2018)... CITY, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... September 13, 2018 , ... ... Month . This annual campaign is designed to raise awareness on how to help ... Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from ...
(Date:9/13/2018)... ... September 13, 2018 , ... Becker's Healthcare is pleased to ... and health systems rely on CIOs and IT department leaders to develop long-term ... cybersecurity initiatives. Those who lead community hospital and health system IT departments encounter ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: