Angiogenic growth factors in the pathophysiology of a murine model of acute lung injury.

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Capillary leakage and alveolar edema are hallmarks of acute lung injury (ALI). Neutrophils and serum macromolecules enter alveoli, promoting inflammation. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) causes plasma leakage in extrapulmonary vessels. Angiopoietin (Ang)-1 and -4 stabilize vessels, attenuating capillary leakage. We hypothesized that VEGF and Ang-1… (More)

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