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Novel Biological Interaction Found To Explain Blood Vessel Growth To Tumors

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March 17, 1999
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Duke University Medical Center
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Duke University Medical Center researchers believe they have answered one of cancer's central enigmas: why some blood vessels are able to grow to, and feed, tumors, while other vessels are not. In the March 16 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the scientists report the blood protein angiostatin, which is known to stop the growth of new blood vessels to tumors, works by depleting the chemical energy that blood vessel cells need to grow.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University Medical Center researchers believe they have answered one of cancer's central enigmas: why some blood vessels are able to grow to, and feed, tumors, while other vessels are not. In the March 16 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the scientists report the blood protein angiostatin, which is known to stop the growth of new blood vessels to tumors, works by depleting the chemical energy that blood vessel cells need to grow.


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