Blood vessel crosstalk during organogenesis—focus on pancreas and endothelial cells

D. Berfin Azizoglu, Ondine Cleaver

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Blood vessels form a highly branched, interconnected, and largely stereotyped network of tubes that sustains every organ and tissue in vertebrates. How vessels come to take on their particular architecture, or how they are ‘patterned,’ and in turn, how they influence surrounding tissues are fundamental questions of organogenesis. Decades of work have begun to elucidate how endothelial progenitors arise and home to precise locations within tissues, integrating attractive and repulsive cues to build vessels where they are needed. Conversely, more recent findings have revealed an exciting facet of blood vessel interaction with tissues, where vascular cells provide signals to developing organs and progenitors therein. Here, we discuss the exchange of reciprocal signals between endothelial cells and neighboring tissues during embryogenesis, with a special focus on the developing pancreas. Understanding the mechanisms driving both sides of these interactions will be crucial to the development of therapies, from improving organ regeneration to efficient production of cell based therapies. Specifically, elucidating the interface of the vasculature with pancreatic lineages, including endocrine cells, will instruct approaches such as generation of replacement beta cells for Type I diabetes. WIREs Dev Biol 2016, 5:598–617. doi: 10.1002/wdev.240. For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-617
Number of pages20
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Developmental Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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