VEGF-B: A survival, or an angiogenic factor?

Xuri Li, Chunsik Lee, Zhongshu Tang, Fan Zhang, Pachiappan Arjunan, Yang Li, Xu Hou, Anil Kumar, Lijin Dong

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Abstract

Despite its early discovery and high sequence homology to the other VEGF family members, the biological function of VEGF-B remained debatable for a long time, and VEGF-B has received little attention from the field thus far. Recently, we and others have found that (1) VEGF-B is a potent survival factor for different types of cells by inhibiting apoptosis via suppressing the expression of BH3-only protein and other apoptotic/cell death-related genes. (2) VEGF-B has a negligible role in inducing blood vessel growth in most organs. Instead, it is critically required for blood vessel survival. VEGF-B targeting inhibited pathological angiogenesis by abolishing blood vessel survival in different animal models. (3) Using different types of neuro-injury and neurodegenerative disease models, VEGF-B treatment protected endangered neurons from apoptosis without inducing undesired blood vessel growth or permeability. Thus, VEGF-B is the first member of the VEGF family that has a potent survival/antiapoptotic effect, while lacking a general angiogenic activity. Our work thus advocates that the major function of VEGF-B is to act as a "survival", rather than an "angiogenic" factor, and implicates a therapeutic potential of VEGF-B in treating different types of vascular and neurodegenerative diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCell Adhesion and Migration
Volume3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor B
Angiogenesis Inducing Agents
Blood Vessels
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
Pathologic Neovascularization
Apoptosis
Growth
Sequence Homology
Vascular Diseases
Permeability
Cell Death
Animal Models

Keywords

  • Angiogenesis
  • Apoptosis
  • Survival factor
  • VEGF-B
  • Vascular biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology

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Li, X., Lee, C., Tang, Z., Zhang, F., Arjunan, P., Li, Y., ... Dong, L. (2009). VEGF-B: A survival, or an angiogenic factor? Cell Adhesion and Migration, 3(4).

VEGF-B : A survival, or an angiogenic factor? / Li, Xuri; Lee, Chunsik; Tang, Zhongshu; Zhang, Fan; Arjunan, Pachiappan; Li, Yang; Hou, Xu; Kumar, Anil; Dong, Lijin.

In: Cell Adhesion and Migration, Vol. 3, No. 4, 01.01.2009.

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Li, X, Lee, C, Tang, Z, Zhang, F, Arjunan, P, Li, Y, Hou, X, Kumar, A & Dong, L 2009, 'VEGF-B: A survival, or an angiogenic factor?', Cell Adhesion and Migration, vol. 3, no. 4.
Li X, Lee C, Tang Z, Zhang F, Arjunan P, Li Y et al. VEGF-B: A survival, or an angiogenic factor? Cell Adhesion and Migration. 2009 Jan 1;3(4).
Li, Xuri ; Lee, Chunsik ; Tang, Zhongshu ; Zhang, Fan ; Arjunan, Pachiappan ; Li, Yang ; Hou, Xu ; Kumar, Anil ; Dong, Lijin. / VEGF-B : A survival, or an angiogenic factor?. In: Cell Adhesion and Migration. 2009 ; Vol. 3, No. 4.
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