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The Scientific World Journal and the authors have retracted this article. The article was found to contain duplicated images from the authors’ previous article in Blood, Zeoli et al. [2], after concerns were raised on PubPeer. Details of the duplication are as follows:

(1) pSTAT in Figure (d) in Blood and STAT in Figure in The Scientific World Journal are the same, representing phosphorylated and unphosphorylated protein, respectively, and the β-actin panels are the same.

(2) Figure (Aa) in The Scientific World Journal is modified from Figure (Ci) in Blood, where the top of each image is the same, but parts of the top right of Figure (Ci) are duplicated in the bottom left of Figure (Aa).

(3) The lower panels of Figure (b) in Blood, when rotated left, are the same as the panels in Figure (c) in The Scientific World Journal. The middle panel in Blood is the same as that in The Scientific World Journal when the contrast and exposure are adjusted, representing Eph4 and EphrinB2, respectively.

The corresponding author Dr. Brizzi apologizes for this.

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  1. P. Dentelli and M. F. Brizzi, “Inflammatory microenvironment promotes hemopoietic-derived angiogenic cell expansion and arterial specification,” The Scientific World Journal, vol. 8, pp. 1111–1115, 2008.
  2. A. Zeoli, P. Dentelli, A. Rosso et al., “Interleukin-3 promotes expansion of hemopoietic-derived CD45+ angiogenic cells and their arterial commitment via STAT5 activation,” Blood, vol. 112, no. 2, pp. 350–361, 2008.
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Inflammatory Microenvironment Promotes Hemopoietic-Derived Angiogenic Cell Expansion and Arterial Specification

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Torino, Corso Dogliotti 14, 10126 Torino, Italy

Received 23 July 2008; Revised 30 September 2008; Accepted 13 October 2008

Academic Editor: Martin Goette

Copyright © 2008 Patrizia Dentelli and Maria Felice Brizzi.

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