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The vasculature emerges as a potential therapeutic target in treating ADPKD liver cysts
Date:9/23/2009

as they grow out from the liver. In vitro studies demonstrate that angiogenic factors secreted by the liver cyst wall epithelium, including VEGF-A and IL-8, can drive angiogenic development of human endothelial cells. This development is blocked by inhibition of VEGF receptor signaling. Dr. Steven R. Goodman, Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Biology and Medicine said "The article by Brodsky and colleagues provides the important insight that the liver cyst walls maintain a vasculature as they grow out from the liver and that VEGF receptor signaling plays a key role in inducing angiogenesis. These multidisciplinary studies lay a framework for the development of new therapies aimed at preventing the growth of liver cysts in patients with ADPKD".


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