Tumors are dependent upon new blood vessel formation, or angiogenesis, for expansive growth. Our prior analysis of gene expression in tumor endothelium led to the identification of a G-protein coupled receptor called TEM5. In an attempt to understand the role of TEM5 in angiogenesis and its importance for tumor growth, we previously embarked upon a hunt for its physiological ligand. Through a number of serendipitous events we have purified a factor that we now believe is not the ligand of TEM5 but is a very important biological factor that in our model system promotes tumor growth, tumor angiogenesis, and possibly cachexia. We are currently characterizing this factor and its role in tumorigenesis.
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