Angiogenic response induced by acellular aortic matrix in vivo

Maria Teresa Conconi, Beatrice Nico, Domenica Mangieri, Mara Tommasini, Rosa Di Liddo, Pier Paolo Parnigotto, Gastone G. Nussdorfer, Domenico Ribatti

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In this study, we investigated the angiogenic response induced by acellular aortic matrices implanted in vivo onto the chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM), a useful model for such investigation. Results showed that acellular matrices were able to induce a strong angiogenic response comparable to that of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2), a well-known angiogenic cytokine. The angiogenic response was further increased when exogenous FGF-2 or transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) were added to the matrices and inhibited by the addition of an anti-FGF-2 or anti-TGF-β1 antibodies. The response may be considered dependent on a direct angiogenic effect exerted by the matrices and in part also by the presence of FGF-2 and TGF-β1 in the acellular matrices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1307
Number of pages5
JournalAnatomical Record - Part A Discoveries in Molecular, Cellular, and Evolutionary Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


  • Acellular matrices
  • Angiogenesis
  • Aorta
  • Chorioallantoic membrane
  • Fibroblast growth factor 2
  • Transforming growth factor beta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Anatomy


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