The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family: angiogenic factors in health and disease


BioMed Central


Vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs) are a family of polypeptides with a highly conserved structure. In mammals, VEGFs have roles in vascular development, development of lymphatic vessels and disease-related angiogenesis.The existence of VEGF-like molecules and their receptors in simple invertebrates without a vascular system indicates that this family of growth factors emerged at a very early stage in the evolution of multicellular organisms to mediate primordial developmental functions.

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