The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 40: 1189 - 1197 (1996)

Vol 40, Issue 6

The chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane as a model for in vivo research on angiogenesis

Published: 1 December 1996

D Ribatti, A Vacca, L Roncali and F Dammacco

Institute of Human Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, University of Bari Medical School, Italy.


The chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) is an extraembryonic membrane that is commonly used in vivo to study both new vessel formation and its inhibition in response to tissues, cells, or soluble factors. Quantitative or semiquantitative methods may be used to evaluate the amount of angiogenesis and anti-angiogenesis. Thanks to the CAM system, angiogenesis could be investigated in association with normal, inflammatory and tumor tissues, and soluble factors inducing angiogenic or anti-angiogenic effects could be identified. Rabbit cornea provides an alternative in vivo system, but CAM appears to be easier to handle and less expensive. Moreover, CAM can be used with very few limitations.

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