The chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane assay

Domenico Ribatti

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The chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) is an extraembryonic membrane which serves as a gas exchange surface and its function is supported by a dense capillary network. Because of its extensive vascularization and easy accessibility, the CAM has been used to study the morphofunctional aspects of the angiogenesis process in vivo and to investigate the efficacy and mechanisms of action of pro-angiogenic and anti-angiogenic natural molecules. The CAM has long been a favored system for the study of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis, because a this stage the chick immunocompetence system is not fully developed and the conditions for rejection have not been established.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Vascular Biology Techniques
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789401797160, 9789401797153
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Angiogenesis
  • Antiangiogenesis
  • Chorioallantoic membrane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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