Neuropilin Signalling in Vascular Development and Pathology

Author(s): Alessandro Fantin, Alice Plein, Christiana Ruhrberg

Journal Name: Current Angiogenesis (Discontinued)

Volume 1 , Issue 2 , 2012


The creation of functional blood vessel circuits is a critical step during embryonic development to support organ growth and differentiation. In the adult, angiogenesis occurs naturally in the female reproductive system, during exercise- induced muscle growth and in wound healing. However, adult angiogenesis also promotes tumour growth and contributes to many other diseases with tissue ischemia. The transmembrane protein neuropilin 1 (NRP1) is an isoformselective receptor for the most potent vascular growth and permeability factor, VEGF-A. NRP1 also functions as a receptor for an archetypical neural guidance cue called SEMA3A that inhibits tumour angiogenesis. In the adult vasculature, both VEGF-A and SEMA3A increase vascular permeability and thereby promote the formation of tissue oedema. Here, we review current knowledge about NRP1 function during blood vessel growth and vascular pathology.

Keywords: Angiogenesis, VEGF, VEGF-A, SEMA3A, neuropilin, VEGFR2, endothelial cells, Neuropilin Signalling, Vascular Development, Pathology

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Year: 2012
Published on: 13 May, 2012
Page: [125 - 132]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/2211552811201020125
Price: $58

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