TARGETING OF TUMOR VASCULATURE

  • Pasqualini, Renata (PI)
  • Ruoslahti, Erkki (PI)
  • Lombardo, Christian (PI)
  • Smith, Jeffrey (PI)
  • Pasquale, Elena (PI)

Project Details

Description

This program project application focuses on tumor angiogenesis. Tumor growth depends critically on angiogenesis, and angiogenesis inhibitors have been shown to reduce the size and even eradicate tumors in mice. The program is a collaborative effort among four investigators at the Burnham Institute. It is based on recent discoveries. It is based on recent discoveries about vascular specialization and tumor targeting made by these investigators. The group has developed a unique in vivo screening method for peptides displayed on phage to identify peptides capable of homing to tumor vasculature. Peptides obtained in this manner will be used as probes to identify new markers in tumor blood vessels. The expression of these tumor vascular markers during progression of malignancy will be studied. In a complementary approach, angiogenic markers identified by the program participants will be used to isolate binding peptides in vitro. Promising peptides, and improved versions of these peptides to be designed within the program, will be used to probe the functional roles of their vascular target molecules in angiogenesis. The peptides will also be evaluated for their ability to serve as vehicles in the targeting of drugs to tumors. A peptide chemistry core will provide the necessary peptides to the program participants, and an angiogenesis core will provide the assays necessary for the evaluation of functional aspects of angiogenesis. New insights to the biology of angiogenesis and new, improved ways of targeting tumor vasculature in cancer treatments are likely to result form this work.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/1/992/28/06

Funding

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health

ASJC

  • Medicine(all)

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