Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a sub-family of growth factors, more specifically of platelet-derived growth factor family of cystine-knot growth factors. They are important signaling proteins involved in both vasculogenesis (the formation of the embryonic circulatory system) and angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature) (2-3). In certain cancers, high VEGF expression has been correlated with shorter survival (1).
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