A Large Artery and Vein Develop

A Large Artery and Vein Develop

Submitted by Christopher Turner of the Hynes Lab at the Koch Institute

MIT Department of Biology, Koch Institute at MIT

Christopher Turner
Hynes Lab, Koch Institute
Confocal Micrograph

"We took this confocal image of a large artery and vein to see whether the loss of cell surface receptors called integrins affects angiogenesis - the growth of new blood vessels.  Tumor angiogenesis is an important step which allows tumors to grow and metastasize.  If we can stop tumor angiogenesis, we may be able to inhibit tumor growth."

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