Angiogenesis, generation of novel blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is a prerequisite for the
physiological expansion, reparation, and functioning of body tissues and systems. However, it is also involved
in some pathological inflammatory situations, such as oncologic and chronic degenerative disorders. The correct
angiogenesis and neo-vascular response also accompanies wound healing, interaction with biocompatible
materials, and tissue regeneration.
In this respect, natural products deriving from terrestrial and marine plants/organisms may prevent and even
cure various angiogenesis-dependent disorders.
Bioactive natural compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities could concur to maintain
adequate vascularization and endothelial functions and inhibit angiogenesis, thus controlling tumor
This review aims to illustrate the role of some marine-derived compounds as anti-angiogenetic agents.