Angiogenesis, the development of new capillaries, is tightly controlled by the balance of positive and negative regulatory pathways. A newly described angiogenic factor, vascular endothelial growth factor/vascular permeability factor (VEGF/VPF), binds exclusively to endothelial cells and promotes their proliferation. Here we have studied the role of p53, a tumor suppressor, and v-Src, an oncogene on VEGF regulation. Wild-type p53 down-regulated endogenous VEGF mRNA level, as well as VEGF promoter activity, in a dose-dependent manner, whereas mutant forms of p53 had no effect. Overexpression of v-Src, known to up-regulate VEGF expression, activated a VEGF promoter-luciferase construct in a dose-dependent manner. Moreover, v-Src, in the presence of wt-p53, was unable to activate transcription of the VEGF promoter. Collectively, these data suggest that wild-type p53 may play a role in suppressing angiogenesis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Dec 15 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research