Role of placenta growth factor in cancer and inflammation

Exp Mol Med. 2012 Jan 31;44(1):10-9. doi: 10.3858/emm.2012.44.1.023.


Accumulating evidences have documented that angiogenesis is closely linked to inflammation and regulators of angiogenesis play key roles in various inflammatory conditions. PlGF is an angiogenic protein belonging to the VEGF family and is upregulated mainly in pathologic conditions. Recently, PlGF was discovered having a proinflammatory role in inflammatory arthritis and its serum level drew attention not only as a useful surrogate biomarker but also a potential therapeutic target in atherosclerosis and various cancers. Particularly, PlGF has attractive clinical values because endogenous PlGF is redundant for vascular development and physiological vessel maintenance in healthy adults. However, there have been conflicting results about the efficacy of PlGF inhibition depending on the experimental and clinical settings. Further close investigations for resolving the puzzle of PlGF biology are required.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / metabolism*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / pathology
  • Atherosclerosis / metabolism*
  • Atherosclerosis / pathology
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / metabolism
  • Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic
  • Placenta Growth Factor
  • Pregnancy Proteins / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction


  • Biomarkers
  • PGF protein, human
  • Pregnancy Proteins
  • Placenta Growth Factor