Growth factors in proliferative diabetic retinopathy

Exp Diabesity Res. Oct-Dec 2003;4(4):287-301. doi: 10.1155/EDR.2003.287.


Many growth factors are implicated in the pathogenesis of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Alteration of growth factors and their receptors in diabetes has been shown in both experimental and clinical studies. Sustained hyperglycemia resulting from long-standing diabetes leads to several biochemical abnormalities that consequently result in retinal hypoxia. Retinal oxygenation state regulates various growth factors that promote angiogenesis in order to meet the oxygen demands of the tissue. However, unregulated expression of these growth factors and induction of complex cascades leading to augmentation of other proangiogenic factors, which may not be regulated by tissue oxygenation, leads to uncontrolled retinal neovascularization and blindness in diabetic patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Diabetes Mellitus / metabolism
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / etiology*
  • Growth Substances / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Hyperglycemia / etiology
  • Hyperglycemia / metabolism
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / etiology
  • Retinal Vessels


  • Growth Substances