Angiogenesis is regulated in large part by the balance of various proangiogenic stimulators, such as VEGF, and a diverse group of endogenous inhibitors of angiogenesis, most of which are extrinsic to endothelial cells. With respect to the latter, until recently, none have appeared to be induced as a consequence of a specific, self-regulating, feedback inhibition response. A new inhibitor, called vasohibin, has been uncovered. Vasohibin is selectively induced in endothelial cells by proangiogenic stimulatory growth factors such as VEGF; it appears to operate as an intrinsic and highly specific feedback inhibitor of activated endothelial cells engaged in the process of angiogenesis.
Robert S. Kerbel
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