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Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) stimulates formation and the growth of new blood vessels during embryonic development and then, for example, after injury. This protein is also involved in growth of muscle after exercise has been performed. 

The overexpression of VEGF can lead to vascular disease in the retina and other body parts. A decreased level of VEGF in the pulmonary arteries has been associated with the condition pulmonary emphysema.