Overlying RPE cells stimulate the formation of tubelike structures by choroidal endothelial cells more effectively than do fibroblasts or pericytes but inhibit BCE tube formation in older cultures. The effect involves endothelial proliferation and differentiation. The stimulatory effect of overlying RPE cells can be inhibited by neutralizing antibodies to vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor, which suggests that these growth factors play an important role in this phenomenon.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Archives of Ophthalmology|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1995|
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