Title: Neurovascular signalling defects in neurodegeneration
Authors: Zacchigna, Serena ×
Lambrechts, Diether
Carmeliet, Peter #
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Publisher: Nature Pub. Group
Series Title: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience vol:9 issue:3 pages:169-181
Abstract: It is anticipated that by 2040 neurodegeneration will affect 40 million people worldwide, more than twice as many as today. The traditional neurocentric view holds that neurodegeneration is caused primarily by intrinsic neuronal defects. However, recent evidence indicates that the millions of blood vessels that criss-cross the nervous system might not be the silent bystanders they were originally considered. Indeed, recent genetic studies reveal that insufficient production of angiogenic signals, which stimulate the growth of blood vessels, can cause neurodegeneration. Remarkably, some angiogenic factors can also regulate neuroregeneration, and have direct neuroprotective and other effects on various neural cell types. Here we provide an overview of the molecules that affect both neural and vascular cell processes--to underline their duality, we term them angioneurins. Unravelling the molecular mechanisms by which these angioneurins act might create opportunities for developing new neurovascular medicine.
ISSN: 1471-003X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Vesalius Research Centre (-)
Laboratory of Translational Genetics (Vesalius Research Center) (+)
Laboratory of Angiogenesis and Vascular Metabolism (Vesalius Research Center) (+)
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