NEUROVASCULAR LINKProject reference: 304054
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Role of Angiogenic Factors in Neurodevelopment
Total cost:EUR 100 000
EU contribution:EUR 100 000
Call for proposal:FP7-PEOPLE-2011-CIGSee other projects for this call
Funding scheme:MC-CIG - Support for training and career development of researcher (CIG)
Despite their distinct functions, the nervous and vascular systems share many more similarities and common principles than previously anticipated2. For example, factors involved in the development of the nervous system are also known to regulate blood vessel formation3. Conversely, the key angiogenic factor, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A, termed from hereon VEGF), as well as other members of its family such as VEGF-C and VEGF-D, and their receptors, are expressed in neuronal cells and participate in processes such as neurogenesis, neuronal migration, axon guidance, dendritogenesis and dendrite maintenance4-10. All these new findings bring up the new concept of an existing Neurovascular link controlling vascular and neurodevelopmental processes.
Despite these initial findings, still little is known about the biology of VEGF or of any other angiogenic factors in neurons, the signaling pathways that they activate and their functional role in neurodevelopment. Thus, this proposal aims to further investigate the role of angiogenic factors and their molecular signaling in neurodevelopment.
Determining how angiogenic molecules influence neuronal wiring, will shed new light in the understanding of the molecular control of neuronal development and the possible causes of neurodevelopmental disorders. Research in this field may suggest new strategies to treat those disorders and to promote axon regeneration after injury or disease.
EU contribution: EUR 100 000
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