Angiogenesis is regulated in large part by the balance of various proangiogenic stimulators, such as VEGF, and a diverse group of endogenous inhibitors of angiogenesis, most of which are extrinsic to endothelial cells. With respect to the latter, until recently, none have appeared to be induced as a consequence of a specific, self-regulating, feedback inhibition response. A new inhibitor, called vasohibin, has been uncovered. Vasohibin is selectively induced in endothelial cells by proangiogenic stimulatory growth factors such as VEGF; it appears to operate as an intrinsic and highly specific feedback inhibitor of activated endothelial cells engaged in the process of angiogenesis.
Robert S. Kerbel
Guidelines: The Editorial Board will only consider letters that we deem relevant and of interest to our readers. We will not post data that have not been subjected to peer review, nor will we post letters that are essentially a reiteration of another letter. We reserve the right to edit any letter for length, content, and clarity. Authors will be notified by e-mail if their letters were accepted. No appeals will be considered.
Specific requirements: All letters must be 400 words or fewer. You may enter the letter as plain text or HTML. The author's name and e-mail address are required, and will be posted with the letter. All possible conflicts of interest must be noted, even if they are not posted. If you wish to include a figure (keep in mind that non-peer-reviewed data will not be posted), please contact the editors directly at email@example.com.