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Angiogenic and lymphangiogenic cascades in the tumor microenvironment
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1 Division of Pathophysiological and Experimental Pathology, Department of Pathology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
2 R and D Laboratory for Innovative Biotherapeutics Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyushu University

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Front. Biosci. (Schol Ed) 2011, 3(1), 216–225;
Published: 1 January 2011

Blood and lymphatic vessels in tumor tissue are major components of the tumor microenvironment. These vessels are newly formed from pre-existing host vessels stimulated by pro-blood-angiogenic and pro-lymph-angiogenic (pro-blood/lymph-angiogenic) factors expressed in tumor cells. Tumor cells establish a specific stromal microenvironment fostering tumor growth, in which blood/lymph-angiogenesis are involved. The tumor-associated blood/lymph-angiogenesis is continually induced by complicated cytokine networks, namely pro-blood/lymph-angiogenic factor-mediated paracrine and autocrine interactions among tumor cells and stromal cells including endothelial cells (ECs) and non-endothelial mesenchymal cells (neMCs). In this review, we provide an overview of the features of tumor-associated blood/lymph-angiogenesis based on recent and updated information obtained mainly from our studies. With regard to the constituent cell-dependent molecular mechanisms that regulate tumor blood/lymph-angiogenesis, we focus on: 1) the role of blood/lymph-angiogenesis-related factors/receptors expressed in tumor cells; and 2) the role of blood/lymph-angiogenesis-related factors/receptors expressed in stromal cells (ECs and neMCs). Finally, we discuss the features of tumor-associated blood/lymph-anigogenesis, especially a vessel abnormality through the viewpoint of blood/lymph-angiogenic cascades in tumor microenvironment for better understanding of the tumor vascular biology.

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