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Angiogenesis or formation of new blood vessels as a consequence of "sprouting" in a pre-existent vascular network represents a phenomenon of paramount importance in physiology and pathology. Although the molecular pathways and factors which modulate angiogenesis are similar regardless the clinical context, there are numerous aspects related to this process which are incompletely understood. At the present time, significant research focuses in finding the best method to control the pro-angiogenic factors as well as anti-angiogenesis since therapy of various medical conditions requires either stimulation or inhibition of formation of new blood vessels. However, angiogenesis is different in various vascular systems and organs. In this review, we will present the most promising factors that interfere with angiogenesis suggesting new or improved therapeutic methods in various pathological settings.