Multiple developmental roles of VEGF suggested by a LacZ-tagged allele.

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an angiogenic factor and a potent stimulator of microvascular permeability. It is a mitogen specific for endothelial cells. The expression of VEGF and its two receptors, Flk-1 and Flt-1, is pivotal for the proper formation of blood vessels in embryogenesis as shown by gene-targeting experiments. Interestingly… CONTINUE READING