Osteocalcin is angiogenic in vivo.


The exact function of osteocalcin (OC), a protein synthesized by osteoblasts during the matrix mineralization phase, is still unknown. In this study we investigated the capacity of OC to promote vasoproliferation in chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM), a well established in vivo assay for angiogenesis and anti-angiogenesis. The results showed that OC stimulates angiogenesis and that the response is similar to that obtained with FGF-2, a well-known angiogenic cytokine. It has previously been demonstrated that OC is involved in bone repair, so the angiogenic activity reported here might also play a crucial role in bone formation.


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@article{Cantatore2005OsteocalcinIA, title={Osteocalcin is angiogenic in vivo.}, author={Francesco Paolo Cantatore and Enrico Crivellato and Domenico Ribatti}, journal={Cell biology international}, year={2005}, volume={29 7}, pages={583-5} }