Three-dimensional in vitro assay of endothelial cell invasion and capillary tube morphogenesis

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Abstract

In vitro assays with endothelial cells (EC) cultured on three-dimensional gel recapitulate several aspects of vascular morphogenesis and pathological angiogenesis. The two most used in vitro assays of vascular morphogenesis are the tube formation on extracellular matrix gel and the sprouting from EC spheroids. Tube formation assay measures the ability of EC, plated on gel derived from reconstituted basement membrane, to form capillary-like structures. Sprouting assay is based on spheroids of EC, embedded in collagen gel and stimulated with angiogenic factors, which originate a complex network of capillary-like structures invading the gel. Both these assays can be exploited for antiangiogenic drug screening and gene function analysis during vascular morphogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVascular Morphogenesis: Methods and Protocols
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages41-47
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781493914623, 9781493914616
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2 2014

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Capillary tubes
Endothelial cells
Morphogenesis
Assays
Endothelial Cells
Gels
Blood Vessels
Pathologic Neovascularization
Preclinical Drug Evaluations
Angiogenesis Inducing Agents
Complex networks
Basement Membrane
Extracellular Matrix
Screening
Collagen
Genes
In Vitro Techniques
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Keywords

  • Basement membrane extract (matrigel)
  • Capillarylike structures
  • Collagen type-I
  • HUVEC
  • Spheroids
  • VEGF-A

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Three-dimensional in vitro assay of endothelial cell invasion and capillary tube morphogenesis. / Di Blasio, Laura; Bussolino, Federico; Primo, Luca.

Vascular Morphogenesis: Methods and Protocols. Springer New York, 2014. p. 41-47.

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