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Keywords:

  • angiogenesis;
  • Epo;
  • EpoR;
  • melanoma;
  • tumour growth

Summary

In this study, the extent of angiogenesis, evaluated as microvascular volume density, immunoreactivity of tumour cells to erythropoietin (Epo) and of endothelial cells to Epo receptor (EpoR) have been correlated in human primary melanoma specimens. Results showed that Epo/EpoR expression correlate with angiogenesis and tumour thickness. These findings suggest that Epo is secreted by tumour cells and it affects vascular endothelial cells via its receptor and promotes angiogenesis in a paracrine manner, playing an important role in melanoma angiogenesis.