Vascular endothelial growth factor: A translational view in oral non-communicable diseases

Sven Niklander, María José Bordagaray, Alejandra Fernández, Marcela Hernández

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Vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs) are vital regulators of angiogenesis that are expressed in response to soluble mediators, such as cytokines and growth factors. Their physio-logic functions include blood vessel formation, regulation of vascular permeability, stem cell and monocyte/macrophage recruitment and maintenance of bone homeostasis and repair. In addition, angiogenesis plays a pivotal role in chronic pathologic conditions, such as tumorigenesis, inflammatory immune diseases and bone loss. According to their prevalence, morbidity and mortality, inflammatory diseases affecting periodontal tissues and oral cancer are relevant non-communicable diseases. Whereas oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is considered one of the most common cancers worldwide, destructive inflammatory periodontal diseases, on the other hand, are amongst the most prevalent chronic inflammatory conditions affecting humans and also represent the main cause of tooth loss in adults. In the recent years, while knowledge regarding the role of VEGF signaling in common oral diseases is expanding, new potential translational applications emerge. In the present narrative review we aim to explore the role of VEGF signaling in oral cancer and destructive periodontal inflammatory diseases, with emphasis in its translational applications as potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number85
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Angiogenesis
  • Apical periodontitis
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral squamous cell carcinoma
  • Periimplantitis
  • Periodontitis
  • VEGF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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