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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(7), 1519;

Erythropoietin and Its Angiogenic Activity

Laboratory of Cell Biology, Institute of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Košice 04001, Slovakia
Institute of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, P.J. Šafárik University in Košice, Košice 04001, Slovakia
Medical Centre for Molecular Biology, Institute of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana SI-1000, Slovenia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 26 May 2017 / Revised: 10 July 2017 / Accepted: 11 July 2017 / Published: 13 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Collection Advances in Molecular Oncology)
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Erythropoietin (EPO) is the main hematopoietic hormone acting on progenitor red blood cells via stimulation of cell growth, differentiation, and anti-apoptosis. However, its receptor (EPOR) is also expressed in various non-hematopoietic tissues, including endothelium. EPO is a pleiotropic growth factor that exhibits growth stimulation and cell/tissue protection on numerous cells and tissues. In this article we review the angiogenesis potential of EPO on endothelial cells in heart, brain, and leg ischemia, as well as its role in retinopathy protection and tumor promotion. Furthermore, the effect of EPO on bone marrow and adipose tissue is also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: erythropoietin; erythropoietin receptor; endothelial; angiogenesis; cancer erythropoietin; erythropoietin receptor; endothelial; angiogenesis; cancer

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Kimáková, P.; Solár, P.; Solárová, Z.; Komel, R.; Debeljak, N. Erythropoietin and Its Angiogenic Activity. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 1519.

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