Article Publish Status: FREE
Abstract Title:

Orally administered bovine lactoferrin systemically inhibits VEGF(165)-mediated angiogenesis in the rat.

Abstract Source:

Int J Cancer. 2001 Jan 15 ;91(2):236-40. PMID: 11146451

Abstract Author(s):

K Norrby, I Mattsby-Baltzer, M Innocenti, S Tuneberg

Article Affiliation:

K Norrby


Lactoferrin (Lf) systemically suppresses tumor growth and metastasis by unknown mechanisms. We have studied the effect of orally administered iron-unsaturated bovine Lf on angiogenesis induced by VEGF(165) and IL-1-alpha in adult rats using the mesenteric-window angiogenesis assay. VEGF(165) is a major angiogenic factor in most, if not all, tumors and other angiogenesis diseases of clinical relevance. A number of objective angiogenesis variables were analyzed using microscopic morphometry and image analysis. Lf treatment significantly inhibited the VEGF(165)-mediated response in terms of microvessel spatial extension, overall vascularity and incidence of crossover. The response to IL-1-alpha decreased significantly only in terms of microvessel crossover. In vitro, Lf exerted an antiproliferative effect on endothelial cells. To our knowledge, Lf is the first endogenous protein that has been shown to be antiangiogenic following oral administration. The oral administration of Lf thus appears to be of potential interest as an antiangiogenesis treatment modality in the clinical setting. Since tumor growth is angiogenesis dependent, the extensive therapeutic potential warrants further study to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for the angiostatic effect of Lf.

Print Options

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2021 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.