The opposing roles of anti-angiogenic factors in cancer and preeclampsia

Jeffrey S. Gilbert, Ashley J. Bauer, Sara A.B. Gilbert, Christopher T. Banek

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Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy such as preeclampsia present an increasing source of concern during gestation and accumulating evidence suggests there are long-term effects on the subsequent health of the mother and child. While formerly preeclamptic women have increased risk for later cardiovascular disease, they appear to have decreased risk of some cancers. Recent investigations have revealed exciting insights into potential mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of preeclampsia and some of these findings may bear relevance to the attenuated cancer risk reported in the literature. Placental ischemia, regarded as a primary initiating factor in preeclampsia, results in elevated levels of factors such as soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and soluble endoglin/CD105 (sEng) that generate profound effects on the vascular endothelium and cardiovascular function, Further, these factors may also influence development of susceptible organs such as the mammary. Moreover, recent evidence suggests these molecules may be regulated by factors derived from cigarette smoke. Taken together, elucidating mechanisms linking placental ischemia, endothelial function and subsequent cancer risk is an important step towards identifying novel therapies for cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2652-2669
Number of pages18
JournalFrontiers in Bioscience - Elite
Volume4 E
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Endothelial cells
  • Placenta
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy
  • Review
  • VEGF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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