Markers of angiogenesis in ovarian cancer

Dis Markers. 2007;23(5-6):419-31. doi: 10.1155/2007/257602.


Tumor development and progression are inherently dependent on the process of angiogenesis. Recently, anti-angiogenic therapy has started to show promise as an effective treatment strategy in many solid tumors including ovarian carcinoma. Unfortunately, lack of effective biomarkers presents a challenge for oncologists in treatment planning as well as monitoring response of new anti-vascular agents. Previously, quantification of angiogenesis by microvessel density analysis provided useful prognostic information, however, its utility following anti-angiogenic therapy remains to be determined. Moreover, since secreted cytokines play an active part in angiogenesis by mediating neovascularization in tumors, investigations have focused on their potential role to serve as candidate biomarkers of disease detection, prognosis, and treatment response. In this article, we review the role of key angiogenesis markers as potential biomarkers in ovarian carcinoma.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers, Tumor / analysis*
  • Cytokines / analysis
  • Endothelium, Vascular / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / analysis
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / diagnosis*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / blood supply*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / diagnosis*


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Cytokines
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins