Syndecans are multifunctional heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) with roles in cell adhesion, migration, receptor trafficking and growth-factor interactions and signalling. Studies using syndecan null animals have revealed limited roles for syndecans during development; however, under conditions of challenge or insult, several phenotypes have emerged. Angiogenesis is an important process both in development and in wound healing, but also in pathologies such as cancer and chronic inflammatory conditions. In the present paper, we summarize the main studies elucidating the role of syndecans in angiogenesis and their potential as novel therapeutic targets.
Conference Article| November 17 2014
Syndecans in angiogenesis and endothelial cell biology
Giulia De Rossi;
Giulia De Rossi 1
*Centre for Microvascular Research, William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6B, U.K.
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James R. Whiteford
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Giulia De Rossi, James R. Whiteford; Syndecans in angiogenesis and endothelial cell biology. Biochem Soc Trans 1 December 2014; 42 (6): 1643–1646. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BST20140232
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