The paradoxical pro- and antiangiogenic actions of resveratrol: therapeutic applications in cancer and diabetes

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 Dec;1386(1):3-15. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13283. Epub 2016 Nov 23.


Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in grapes, peanuts, and red wine, plays different roles in diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Existing information indicates that resveratrol provides cardioprotection, as evidenced by superior postischemic ventricular recovery, reduced myocardial infarct size, and decreased number of apoptotic cardiomyocytes associated with resveratrol treatment in animal models. Cardiovascular benefits are experienced in humans with routine but not acute consumption of red wine. In this concise review, the paradoxical pro- and antiangiogenic effects of resveratrol are described, and different roles for resveratrol in the formation of new blood vessels are explained through different mechanisms. It is hypothesized that the effects of resveratrol on different cell types are not only dependent on its concentration but also on the physical and chemical conditions surrounding cells. The findings discussed herein shed light on potential therapeutic proapoptotic and antiangiogenic applications of low-dose resveratrol treatment in the prevention and treatment of different diseases.

Keywords: angiogenesis; cancer; diabetes; red wine; resveratrol.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Angiogenesis Inducing Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Animals
  • Diabetes Mellitus / drug therapy*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / metabolism
  • Diabetes Mellitus / pathology
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / blood supply
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Resveratrol
  • Stilbenes / therapeutic use*


  • Angiogenesis Inducing Agents
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitors
  • Stilbenes
  • Resveratrol