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Bone Marrow Cells May Contribute To Growth Of New Blood Vessels In Newborns

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September 2, 2002
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Newborn animals grow rapidly, and they must develop new blood vessels fast enough to keep pace with that growth. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a kind of immature cell that develops in the bone marrow and circulates in the blood contributes to the growth of new blood vessels during the neonatal period.

St. Louis, Aug. 30, 2002 -- Newborn animals grow rapidly, and they must develop new blood vessels fast enough to keep pace with that growth. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a kind of immature cell that develops in the bone marrow and circulates in the blood contributes to the growth of new blood vessels during the neonatal period. The researchers also found that a substance produced by the body known as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) causes the immature cells to form new blood vessels at a faster rate. The findings are published in the Sept. 3 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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