Diabetic angiopathy and angiogenic defects
1 Division of Diabetology & Endocrinology, Kanazawa Medical University, Uchinada, Ishikawa, 920-0293, Japan
2 Division of Diabetology & Endocrinology, The Affiliated Hospital of Luzhou Medical College, Luzhou, Sichuan Province, 646000, Peoples’ Republic of China
Fibrogenesis & Tissue Repair 2012, 5:13 doi:10.1186/1755-1536-5-13Published: 1 August 2012
Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems in the world. A major complication of diabetes is blood vessel disease, termed angiopathy, which is characterized by abnormal angiogenesis. In this review, we focus on angiogenesis abnormalities in diabetic complications and discuss its benefits and drawbacks as a therapeutic target for diabetic vascular complications. Additionally, we discuss glucose metabolism defects that are associated with abnormal angiogenesis in atypical diabetic complications such as cancer.