Endothelial Cell Proliferation Assays

Wen Sen Lee

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Angiogenesis is the generation of new blood vessels which occurs when a vascular bed is extended, such as in tissue growth, wound healing and tumour formation. In experimental studies, a useful, indirect estimation of angiogenesis activity is obtained by assessing the intensity of proliferation of the endothelial cell component of vascular tissue. Such endothelial cells are often isolated and maintained using common cell culture procedures, so that the effects of various mitogens (growth promoters) on cellular proliferation may be observed in vitro. A number of techniques for assessing cell proliferation are now in common use. In this chapter, we describe the basic methods and relevant principles. The most frequently used in vitro model for studying endothelial cell proliferation employs cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), which can be easily obtained. Each of the methods entails some advantages and some intrinsic weaknesses. To achieve the most reliable results, the combined use of two or more methods is to be recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAngiogenesis Assays
Subtitle of host publicationA Critical Appraisal of Current Techniques
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0470016000, 9780470016008
Publication statusPublished - Sept 27 2007


  • Cell counting - measuring cell number changes
  • Cell proliferation assays
  • Coulter counter
  • Endothelial cell proliferation
  • Flow cytometry
  • Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC)
  • Proliferative activity assessment
  • Vascular tissue endothelial cell component

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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