Adrenomedullin: a specific regulator of venous vessel integrity (2023–2026)
Arteries and veins display different adhesive properties, which enable them to fulfil their physiological roles. We
are yet to understand the mechanisms that establish and maintain adhesive function in different vessel types. We
have discovered that signalling by the peptide Adrenomedullin (ADM) is a key mediator of adhesion, only in veins
but not arteries. This project aims to utilise innovative models (zebrafish, mouse and bioengineered vessels) to
identify the biochemical and mechanical mechanisms by which ADM controls venous adhesion. Outcomes will
improve our understanding on how vessel integrity is controlled across vessel types and will expand the scope of
Australian research by informing efforts to vascularise engineered tissues.