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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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Master's Thesis




Medical Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Jessica Blackburn


Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a signaling protein involved in inducing and regulating endothelial cell proliferation and function (Duffy et al 2000). VEGF is also involved in cancer progression, as it induces vascular permeability and promotes angiogenesis to tumor laden areas, giving cancer cells critical oxygen and nutrients (Hoeppner et al.,2012. Studies indicate VEGF prevents lymphoblast apoptosis, which may contribute to leukemia formation and enable the proliferation of leukemic cells (Duffy et al 2000). Ongoing research seeks to further examine VEGF in leukemia, using a rag2:GFP-Myc expressing transgenic zebrafish as the animal model of T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL). Recent findings have concluded a relationship between VEGF expression in leukemic fish remodels the microenvironment leading to cell migration, but not through vascular restructuring, as a means to upregulate leukemic expression.

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Funding Information

This research was funded by the National Institutes of Health Director’s Fund, grant number DP2CA22804, between 9/1/17 to 5/30/22.