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Change in VEGF expression in mouse mammary gland during reproductive cycle.
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PMID:  20431252     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
During pregnancy, the mammary epithelium and its supporting vasculature undergo extensive growth and proliferation in preparation for lactation, which is thought to be dependent on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). We investigated the expression of VEGF, using immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting, in the mouse mammary gland during the reproductive cycle. Immunohistochemical studies localized VEGF protein predominantly in the cytoplasm of the mammary epithelium and revealed it to be strongly expressed in late pregnancy and early lactation. In addition, immunoblot analysis revealed a 45-kD VEGF band, corresponding to the homodimer of the VEGF-A₁₆₄ isoform, with increased expression towards the end of pregnancy but no additional increase with the onset of lactation. As the post-lactation period advanced, a dramatic decrease in VEGF was observed in the regressed mammary epithelium. The expression of VEGF suggests that mammary epithelium-derived VEGF may be involved in pregnancy-associated mammary growth and differentiation and angiogenesis, and regulate vascular permeability during lactation in an autocrine or paracrine manner.
Mohammad Saiful Islam; Mitsuharu Matsumoto; Rina Ishida; Tatsuzo Oka; Hiroaki Kanouchi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-04-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of veterinary medical science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0916-7250     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vet. Med. Sci.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9105360     Medline TA:  J Vet Med Sci     Country:  Japan    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1159-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratory of Veterinary Anatomy, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan.
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