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dc.contributor.authorGopinathan, Ganga copyright of this thesis rests with the author and no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior written consent of the author
dc.identifier.citationGopinathan, G. 2014. The Effects of Interleukin-6 on Angiogenesis. Queen Mary University of Londonen_US
dc.description.abstractElevated levels of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6, IL-6, have been linked with poor prognosis in ovarian cancer patients by influencing tumour growth, invasion, angiogenesis and chemo-resistance. A clinical trial conducted in parallel with pre-clinical studies showed an anti-IL-6 antibody to have some activity in ovarian cancer patients and in xenograft models, via reduction in pro-inflammatory and angiogenic factors such as TNF-α, IL-8 and VEGF. Anti-IL-6 treatment also showed significant reductions in vascular area with decreased expression of an angiogenic factor Jagged1. The aim of my study was to investigate the effects of IL-6 on normal and tumour angiogenesis. I found that recombinant IL-6 stimulates angiogenesis in mouse and rat aortic ring assays and that it can also stimulate growth and migration of endothelial cells in vitro. IL-6 has similar potency as VEGF in inducing vessel sprouting. IL-6 itself does not induce VEGF in the endothelial cells I tested. Investigation of the effects of IL-6 on vessel maturation revealed a significant reduction in pericyte coverage of vessels treated with IL-6 compared with VEGF. Collectively, these data led to my hypothesis that ‘IL-6 drives aberrant angiogenesis, independent of VEGF signalling’. Investigating the mechanism by which IL-6 drives angiogenesis and leads to defective pericyte formation, I showed a link between IL-6 and the Notch ligands, Jagged1 and DLL4. My data suggested that IL-6 could stimulate Jagged1 in endothelial cells, whereas VEGF induces DLL4, the Notch ligand known to be involved in inducing stalk phenotype. Exploring previous findings to get a better understanding of the interaction of Notch ligands and pericyte recruitment also suggested a role of Angiopoeitin-2 in relation to IL-6 signalling. These observations were extended in IGROV-1 ovarian cancer xenografts treated with an anti-IL-6 antibody and by analysis of gene expression datasets from ovarian cancer biopsies. My results suggest therapeutic potential of combining inhibitors of IL-6 and VEGF in ovarian cancer.en_US
dc.publisherQueen Mary University of Londonen_US
dc.subjectinflammatory cytokine interleukin-6,en_US
dc.subjectovarian canceren_US
dc.titleThe Effects of Interleukin-6 on Angiogenesisen_US

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