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Angiogenic Switches Play a Critical Progression in Cancer

Nozlena A Samad a*, Ahmad Bustamam Abdul b, Rasedee Abdullah b, Heshu Rahman b,d,e KZ Khor a, Max Stanley Chartrand  c

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Journal of Angiotherapy 2 (1) 048-055 https://doi.org/10.25163/angiotherapy.11000125480618

Submitted: 04 April 2018 Revised: 04 May 2018  Published: 08 June 2018 


Tumor angiogenesis has become an important research area over the last decade for its crucial role as an essential component of the growth and spread of cancer. A large amount of literature has shown the link between tumor angiogenesis, metastasis, and overall survival of patients. Not all tumors are angiogenesis-derived and the angiogenesis switch is a sign of the ability of tumor and inflammatory cells to produce angiogenesis factors in tumor microenvironment. The condition of genetic stability of endothelial cells plays an important role in this phenomenon as it makes it less likely to build up resistance towards agents aimed at tumor vasculature. Also, the fact that only 0.05% of the adult human body undergoes angiogenesis, the potential side effects of anti-angiogenesis treatment is kept at a minimum. The study, hence, focuses on the role of angiogenesis in tumor development and operating this very particular switch in controlling tumor.    

Keywords: Angiogenesis; Metastasis; Tumors



Cancer is a very complicated disease characterised by uncontrolled, unregulated cell growth. Cancer happens when abnormal cells grow to such an extent that they synthesize their own blood vessels (angiogenesis) and break free from the tumor and start spreading to other body systems. This process, called metastasis, is what characterizes cancer. There are many other mechanistic process that develops caner including inflammatory cytokines, and anti-apoptotic cancer biomarkers. The ultimate goal of all micro-mechanism is further supported when cancer builds new blood vessels for itself. The cancer sends cancer cells out through the lymphatic system or through the blood stream and the newly established micro-metastasis goes through the process of angiogenesis. Cancer cells get nutrients through the blood vessels and it can grow and grow until it sends further cancer cells through the body to spread the cancer further. Each time this angiogenesis smartly involved to harmonize the entire cancer cell metabolic systems. Thus, understanding angiogenesis and its mechanical process is crucial for the development of new treatment.



Angiogenesis refers to the formation of new capillary blood vessels from pre-existing ones. It is vital for normal development, growth of the organism, and in the physiological processes of wound healing, placenta formation, and in the development of tumor growth (Folkman J, 2002; Mangi and Newland 2008).

The initiation of angiogenesis begins with the local release of pro- and anti-angiogenesis growth factors by endothelial cells (ECs). These released biomolecules diffuse into the surrounding tissue and bind to specific cell-surface receptors located on quiescent, macrovascular ECs of nearby post-capillary and small terminal venules. Thereupon, the ECs become activated. ECs then proliferate and migrate from the parent vessel toward the source of chemotactic angiogenesis stimulating factors (e.g. a diseased tissue). The extracellular matrix (ECM) is remodeled once the ECs extend toward the diseased tissue and align to form a new capillary lumen. These will then form endothelial tubes and blood vessel loops capable of circulating blood. As these capillaries form, the ECs stop proliferating, synthesize new basement membrane and establish inter-cell and EC-basement membrane junctions to stabilize the formed vascular. Specialized structural support in the form of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and pericytes that surround the endothelial tubes further stabilize the newly-formed blood capillaries (Duarte et al., 2004; Griffioen et al., 2000).

The term angiogenesis was first used to describe the formation of new blood vessels in the placenta 8 decades ago. It was then identified in wound healing and tumor growth. One study proposed that inhibition of angiogenesis may be a potential way of treating cancer as it can inhibit cancer progression (Folkman J, 2002).         

The impact of tumor angiogenesis and tumor microenvironment has been studied in solid tumors (Figure 1). It was found, for instance, that the appropriate balance between antiangiogenic and proangiogenic molecules that arise from stromal and tumor cells in response to cell-ECM binding, direct cell-cell, as well as to paracrine and autocrine growth factor stimulation, is lost during tumorigenesis (Fan et al., 2012). The angiogenic switch, which is a rapid increase of blood vessel formation in order to support cancer growth, is triggered by several factors (Hoeben et al., 2004; Kerbel, 2000). These are metabolic stress, genetic mutations, immune response, hypoxia (as well as oncogene-mediated tumor expression of antigenic proteins like platelet derived growth factor), fibroblast growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, endothelial growth factor, angiopoietin, and lysophosphatic acid (Weidner et al., 1993).

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Figure 1: Tumour angiogenesis (Pandya et al., 2006)         

The main mechanism of cancer angiogenesis is endothelial sprouting that depends on vascular endothelial growth factor upregulation and the interaction between endothelial cells, pericytes, and stroma cells, as well as extracellular matrix (Figure 2) (Griffioen et al., 2000; Hoeben et al., 2004; Kerbel, 2000). Vascular endothelial growth factor and angiopoietin activate matrix degrading enzymes to loosen the matrix, in turn favours endothelial cells migration (Sang, 1998; McMahon, 2000).         

Tumour cells, in this case, act as endothelial cells to form functional avascular blood conduits. Oxygen tension regulates vascular endothelial growth factor expression, mainly via the hypoxia-inducible factor or von Hippel-Lindautumor suppressor gene pathway (Kizaka-Kondoh  et al., 2003; Hirota and Semenza 2006). Under normoxic conditions, prolyl hydroxylase domain proteins hydroxylateprolyl residues on the hypoxia-inducible factor and undergo proteasomal degradation. A decrease in oxygen tension leads to tumor growth. Consequently, the process of tumor angiogenesis is initiated and blood vessels supply oxygen and nutrients to the tumors in hypoxic or necrotic state. Under hypoxic conditions, prolyl hydroxylase domain proteins are inactive which leads to the accumulation of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF). This hypoxia-inducible factor then translocates into the nucleus and binds to the hypoxia-response elements, in turn initiates transcription of the genes implicated in angiogenesis (Kizaka-Kondoh  et al., 2003; Hirota and Semenza 2006; Gillies and Gatenby, 2007).        

A key mediator of angiogenic response is hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), which is responsible for the transcriptional activation of a number of growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Other genes that are induced by hypoxia-inducible factors are platelet derived growth factor, epidermal growth factor receptor, insulin-like growth factor 2, stromal cell-derived factor 1, glucose transporter 1, transforming growth factor- ß, tumour growth factor a, activin B and carbonic anhydrase 9 (Kerbel, 2000; McMahon , 2000).  The hypoxia-inducible factor is also regulated by oxygen-independent pathways through growth-factor receptors or signalling molecules. HIF-1a synthesis is triggered by signalling molecules, and growth factors, as well as loss of function mutations in molecules like p53, PTEN, and VHL. A recent study found that miR424, a unique microRNA in hypoxic endothelial cells, promotes hypoxia-inducible factor-1 stabilization, and angiogenesis (Ghosh et al., 2010). Besides being a key regulator of angiogenesis, hypoxia-inducible factor is required for cancer cell proliferation, survival, invasion, migration, metabolism, drug resistance, pH regulation, radiation resistance, and genetic stability, as well as immune evasion (Hirota and Semenza, 2006).

Sprouting and Non-sprouting Angiogenesis


Angiogenesis includes the sprouting, pruning branching, and differential growth of blood vessels to form the more mature-looking vascular patterns. The differential growth of vascular development requires differential recruitment of associated supporting cells. For instance, smooth muscle cells, fibroblasts, and pericytes (Heinke et al., 2012).       

Sprouting angiogenesis refers to the formation of new blood vessels through the formation of a sprout in the wall of the existing blood vessel (Voelkel et al., 2009). Sprouting angiogenesis is often seen in the vicinity of hypoxic tissue which secretes angiogenic factors. For example, a growing tumor that activates and attracts endothelial cells from the vessels. Sprouting angiogenesis enables the tumor to continue to grow and proliferate (Reinhart-King, 2012). The sprouts will not reach the tumor if the tumor cells are not able to divide and differentiate. A model showed that sprouting angiogenesis started with blood vessel at one side and a tumor on the opposite side (Reinhart-King, 2012). The tumor secretes a chemoattractant, which results in a gradient of chemoattractant that attracts cells towards the tumor. Haptotaxis is attracted by fibronectin, which the cells themselves secrete. The highest levels of fibronectin occur when the cell density is maximized. Thus, chemotaxis and haptotaxis work in opposite directions. Sprouting is restricted in the absence of proliferation (Green et al., 2009). According to Staton et al. 2004, new blood vessels outgrowths are formed by well characterized events in sprouting angiogenesis.        

On the other hand, non-sprouting angiogenesis occurs via the enlargement and splitting of existing vessels with transcapillary posts or pillars of extracellular matrix (Burri et al., 2004). This takes place through in situ proliferation of endothelial cells in order to form a wide lumen (Figure 2). The wide lumen is then split by transcapillary pillars. Non-sprouting can occur concurrently with sprouting angiogenesis in the vascularization of tissues or organs like heart, lung and yolk sac during development (Yano et al., 2003). The mechanism of non-sprouting angiogenesis in respect to tumor metastasis is not yet known. However, vascular endothelial growth factor, which is also known as vascular permeability factor, is said to play an important role in the development, and in physiological and pathological neovascularization (Folkman, 2002).  

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Figure 2: The angiogenesis process (Pandya et al., 2006).

Both the sprouting and non-sprouting angiogenesis or intussusception form a functional extraembryonic vasculature. The sprouting angiogenesis accounts for a major contribution to the functional vascularization of certain organs like the brain (Kerbel 2000). The nonsprouting angiogenesis serves as a major mechanism for the formation of embryonic lung vasculature (Ribatti and Crivellato, 2012). The sprouting and non-sprouting angiogenesis are said to contribute to an increasing complexity of the growing vascular network. The network assembles and matures through the recruitment of smooth muscle cells and pericytes. Eventually, it allows a directional flow of blood.  Morphogenic events leading to a mature vascular network involved a few additional steps like vessel assembly, maturation, acquisition of vessel identity as well as organotypic differentiation (Ribatti and Crivellato, 2012).

Angiogenesis Mediators


Angiogenic growth factors and cytokines are the mediators of angiogenesis (Owen et al., 2013). Among the most commonly described cytokines and angiogenic growth factors that act as mediators for angiogenesis include fibroblast growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, angiopoietins, and transforming growth factor-beta (Yoshida et al., 1997). Sources of these growth factors are fibroblasts, endothelial cells, platelets, smooth muscle cells, cancer cells, and inflammatory cells. Certain growth factors like basic fibroblast growth factor or fibroblast growth factor-2 are sequestered in the extracellular matrix. They serve as the reservoirs for sustained cellular-demanded growth factor release (Gutiérrez and Brandan, 2010).        

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is one of the most well-studied mediators involved in the endothelial cells migration, sprouting, mitogenesis, and tube formation (Verheuland Pinedo, 2000). VEGF promotes integrin expression, plasminogen activator, interstitial collagenase expression, plasminogen activator receptor expression, as well as increases in both vascular fenestration and permeability (Neufeld et al., 1999). The upregulated VEGF and VEGF-receptor mRNA were detected in the tips of invasive angiogenic sprouts. In addition, antibody blockade of VEGF significantly decreases microvessel outgrowth (Dougher et al., 1997) A study has shown that use of heparin and heparansulfateprotegolycan binding contributes to VEGF and VEGFreceptor binding. This stabilizes the active conformation of VEGF, prevents its degradation and has greatly increased the angiogenic response of endothelial cells to VEGF in type 1 collagen matrix (Stephen et al., 2004).        

Fibroblast growth factor is also a mediator of angiogenesis. It is stored in the vascular basement membrane in order to serve as a reservoir supply, and is upregulated during angiogenesis (Ucuzian et al., 2010). Both FGF-1 and FGF-2 bind to the receptor tyrosine kinases, FGFR-1 and FGFR-2. The binding of FGF to FGFR-1 increase endothelial cell migration and promotes capillary morphogenesis when cultured on collagen gels Ucuzian et al., 2010; Böhm et al., 2010).        

Like other mediators of angiogenesis, angiopoietins represent a group of receptor tyrosine kinases that function primarily during angiogenesis and vascular remodeling. They are a family of extracellular ligands, which bind to the endothelial specific tie receptors (Brindle et al., 2006). Although angiopoietin-1 and 2 bind to the same receptor, Tie-2, they elicit different responses (Ahmad et al., 2010). Angiopoietin-1 serves as an agonist that causes rapid receptor transphosphorylation that leads to subsequent downstream activation of protein kinase B pathway to inhibit Angiopoietin-2 expression and to promote endothelial cell survival. On the other hand, angiopoietin-2 induces an autocrine response, which in the presence of VEGF, serves as a competitive antagonist of Angiopoietin-1 to prevent Tie-2 receptor phosphorylation and signaling(Yuan et al., 2009).         

Transforming Growth Factor-ß is a mediator of angiogenesis as well. It promotes extracellular matrix deposition and integrin receptor upregulation (Weston et al., 2003). It is one of the most important cytokines for the formation of granulation tissue as well as modulating endothelial cell proliferation, migration, and capillary tube formation (Tonnesen et al., 2000).  It was found that TGF-ß can inhibit angiogenesis in a receptor specific manner directly. It has the ability to recruit inflammatory cells that act as a source of pro-angiogenic signals. In addition, TGF-ß is able to modulate other angiogenesis pathways, which account for its pro-angiogenic effects (Wang et al., 2013).         

TNF-a, being a mediator of angiogenesis, is secreted by activated macrophages during immune response and inflammation (Chang and Ding, 2014). It is associated with endothelial cells, mast cells, myocytes, fibroblasts, neuronal tissue, and adipose tissue. Its functions include stimulation of interleukin-1 and granulocyte-macrophage-colony stimulating factor. Furthermore, it has been suggested that it acts on endothelial cells directly and induce cell differentiation as well as indirectly and stimulate production of angiogenic factors (Stenmark et al., 2006). 

The Role of Angiogenesis in Solid Tumours


Solid tumors are not able to grow over a few millimeteres without angiogenesis (Kerbel, 2000). This statement is further supported by Vaupel et al., 2004, which suggested that oxygen and nutrition supplies are necessary for solid tumours, when being more than several millimetres in diameter. Oxygen and nutrient supplies come from the newly generated blood vessels. Without effective angiogenesis, the large tumor would soon outstrip the physiologic blood supply, develop a necrotic core, and die.  Therefore, solid tumors must be able to allow for and encourage angiogenesis as the tumor mass expands. Thus, the role and involvement of angiogenesis in solid tumours is imperative (Vaupel et al., 2004). 

Folkman and his co-workers started to work on angiogenesis four decades ago, and postulated that solid tumors are angiogenesis-dependent. This initiated a great deal of research relative to angiogenesis and tumor biology. Consequently, over the past 30 years, around 17,000 papers have been published on the angiogenic process and its role in solid tumors (Nicosia et al., 1998). 

The role of angiogenesis in solid tumors has been proven when it was demonstrated that the microvascular density of bone marrow increased significantly in multiple myeloma in comparison to monoclonal gammopathy (Zou et al., 2010). The microvascular density of bone marrow also increased in active multiple myeloma compared to non-active myeloma (Vacca et al., 2001).         

In multiple myeloma mass, angiogenesis favors the expansion of the tumor by promoting plasma cell proliferation (Ria et al., 2003). Myeloma plasma cells promotes angiogenesis directly through the secretion of angiogenic cytokines (Giuliani et al., 2011).        

Likewise, in a study which comprised 51 children with acute lymphocytic leukaemia, the microvascular density in bone marrow was found to increase six-to-seven fold in comparison to control group bone marrow of children evaluated for primary tumors (Alexandrakis et al., 2004).

Urinary levels of fibroblast growth factor-2, (FGF-2) were higher in children with acute lymphocytic leukaemia before induction therapy, which were normalized after therapy. FGF-2 is a mediator of angiogenesis. This provided evidence that angiogenesis is essential for tumor growth. These findings were further supported by the findings by List, 2001, who found increased bone marrow microvascular density in acute lymphocytic leukaemia. The investigation also identified increased plasma levels of FGF-2 in acute lymphocytic leukaemia patient, but VEGF did not increase (List, 2001).

Anti-angiogenesis as Therapeutic Agent in Cancer


Blood vessels of tumors differ from normal resting blood vessels. The difference of special tumor blood vessels makes them reliable targets for tumor-directed treatment (Dudley, 2012). Moreover, anti-angiogenic therapeutic agents may act by neutralizing the angiogenic proteins, inhibiting synthesis of angiogenic proteins by cancer cells, directly inducing endothelial cell apoptosis or inhibiting endothelial receptors for angiogenic proteins. The anti-angiogenic inhibitors include small molecules and therapeutic antibodies that are capable of targeting angiogenic growth factors like bFGF and VEGF or angiogenic growth factor receptors like PDGFR and VEGFR. (Daly, 2003). The anti-angiogenic efficacy of the therapeutic agents is best observed when used in low dosages on a frequent or continuous schedule. Metronomic chemotherapy is defined by the frequent administration of chemotherapeutic agents at doses below the maximum tolerated doses with no prolonged drug-free breaks (Maiti, 2014). In reference to this, it was found that the main targets of metronomic chemotherapy were the endothelial cells involved in the expanding vasculature of a tumor. Besides reducing acute toxicity, the efficacy of metronomic chemotherapy seems to increase when used in combination with certain antiangiogenic therapeutic agents (Ma and Waxman, 2008). Several studies showed that endothelial cells of newly forming blood vessel capillaries are highly sensitive to low doses of chemotherapeutic drugs.

These studies involved microtubule inhibitors like paclitaxel, docetaxel and vinblastine (Kerbel and Kamen, 2004).         

The use of anti-angiogenic agents to normalize tumor vasculature is an emerging concept to improve the efficacy of radiotherapy and cytotoxic chemotherapy (Loges et al., 2010). Likewise, it has been found that anti-angiogenic agents can normalize  tumor vasculature and hence improve delivery of cytotoxic agents administered during the normalization window (Goe et al., 2011).       

Furthermore, there are fewer side effects and less drug resistance towards antiangiogenic agents in comparison to chemotherapy agents with the above-described approach. The combination of anti-angiogenic agents with conventional chemotherapy agents can therefore possibly enhance quality of life for cancer patients. In 2004, FDA approved bevacizumab or Avastin for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer in combination with 5-fluorouracil (Gaulin et al., 2009). Bevacizumab is a monoclonal antibody, which acts on vascular endothelial growth factor. It was later found to assist in halting tumor growth and metastasis by blocking tumor angiogenesis (Duignan et al., 2011). 

Another effective anti-angiogenic drug that has been approved is aflibercept 

Aflibercept is formed from the combination of two VEGFR1 and three VEGFR2 within the Fc region of IgG1 (Moroney et al., 2009). This fusion protein allows aflibercept to block the activity of VEGF at very low lwvels. In addition, aflibercept has a long half-life, which allows long-term tumor angiogenesis blockage (Semeraro et al., 2013). Aflibercept caused significant tumor regression in pre-clinical studies and decreased tumor vascularity. In addition, Sunitinib acts an an ATP-competitive inhibitor of PDGFRs, FLT3, VEGFR1, VEGFR2 , VEGFR3, RET and c-Kit. These activities lead to the inhibition of tumor growth, progression, angiogenesis, and metastasis (Cai et al., 2011).

Anti-angiogenesis from Plant Origin


Scientists have been looking for angiogenesis inhibitors and promoters from natural products for the past fifteen years. This may be due to the potential of natural product to act through multiple cell-signaling pathways and decrease the development of resistance by cancer cells. Therefore a number of angiogenesis inhibitors derived from plant were screened in order to study their potential as anti-angiogenesis inhibitors.

A study to the anti-angiogenic properties of pterogynidine alkaloid, derived from Alchorneaglandulosa, was carried out using human umbilical vein endothelial cells. It was found that there was an increase in apoptosis, significant decrease in tumor proliferation, as well as invasion capacity when the pterogynidine alkaloid was used. In addition, pterogynidine alkaloid also caused a drastic reduction in the number of capillary-like structures formation in the tumor. This showed that pterogynidine can be used to treat pathological situations like tumor development (Sureram et al.,2012).         

Likewise, Raga et al., 2011 studied the anti-angiogenic properties of the leaf extracts of Ardisiapyramidalis. It was found that the methanol extract of the leaf was antiangiogenic as it showed statistically significant lower blood vessels count in comparison to the negative control and untreated eggs. It was concluded that Ardisiapyramidalis can be used as a chemotherapeutic agent for cancer therapy (Raga et al., 2011)

Tylophorine has also been identified as a potential anti-angiogenic agent for cancer therapy. Tylophorine is a phenanthraindolizidine alkaloid, which was isolated from Tylophoraindica. It was found that Tylophorine exerts antitumour and antiangiogenic properties by targeting vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2, which is a mediator of angiogenesis. It inhibits a series of VEGF-induced angiogenesis processes, including migration and proliferation, as well as tube formation of endothelial cells. Tylophorine also inhibits VEGF-stimulated inflammatory responses that include TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, IL6, IL-8, MMP-2 and NO secretion. Hence, the study concluded that Tylophorine is a viable drug for cancer therapy due to its anti-angiogenesis effects through VEGFR2 signalingpathway  (Saraswati et al., 2013).       

The essential oil isolated from Tridaxprocumbens L. has shown promising activity on lung metastasis by inhibiting tumor nodule formation. The formation of tumor-directed new blood vessels was also inhibited with the use of this essential oil. The investigation demonstrated further that this essential oil significantly induced apoptosis and suppressed angiogenesis in tumor cells. Hence, Tridaxprocumbens L can be useful to help prevent lung metastasis in lung cancer cell (B16F-10), due to its antiangiogenesis effect and its ability to induce apoptosis (Manjamalai and Grace, 2013).         


Another antiangiogenic agent, derived from plant origin, is combretastatins

Combretastatins were derived from Combretumcaffrum, a South African bush willow (63). They belong to the family of stilbenes, which possess anti-angiogenic properties that cause  vascular shutdown in cancer, leading to tumor necrosis. Two water-soluble analogues, combretastatin A-phosephase and combretastatin A-4 phosphate, are placed under clinical trials against cancer therapy (Kanthou and Tozer, 2009). To date, there are 12 clinical trials that involve CA4P against various cancers, mostly in combination with other agents like paclitaxel and carboplatin. Combretastatin A1P showed excellent antiangiogenic activity in preclinical studies. Its safety and tolerability in patients with solid tumors are still currently being investigated as we go to press (Risinger et al., 2009).          

Plant-derived polyphenols have been studied for several years for their anti-angiogenic properties. Red wine polyphenols were found to have a unique dual effect that provides important therapeutic properties for the treatment of cancer (Baron-Menguy et al., 2007). In high doses, red wine polyphenols exhibit anti-angiogenic effects through the mediation of PI3k-Akt-eNOS pathways and potential MMP modulation. On the other hand, Resveratrol, a plant derivative, is able to inhibit tumor-induced neovascularisation as a result of blockage of both bFGFreceptor and VEGF mediated responses involving MAPK phosphorylation (Gupta et al., 2010). The application of red wine and green tea polyphenols into the chick embryo choroallantoic membrane were shown to significantly inhibit angiogenesis. Green tea polyphenols were also found to diminish tumor growth, tumor cell proliferation, and microvessel density. In addition, infusions of green tea polyphenols were able to reduce angiogenesis and metastasis markers like VEGF (Khan and Mukhtar, 2010).        

Thus, results from plant derived anti-angiogenesis agent suggest that unlike conventional chemotherapeutic agents that are generally employed at high doses for relatively short time periods,these angiogenic inhibitors may be best employed using less cytotoxicdoses over months to years as a potential means to prevent dormant micrometastases from entering a rapid growth phase. The additional clinical testing of newly identified angiogenic inhibitors using a variety of delivery strategies is eagerly awaited.



Angiogenesis plays a crucial to thwart tumor growth in various cancers. Blocking the proliferation of angiogenesis, then, could be a viable approach to halting both tumor growth and metastasis. 



The author would like to acknowledge the USM:RLKA Scheme and USM Short Term Grant 304/CIPPT/6313315.

Author Contribution


Samad, Nozlena A; Abdul, Ahmad Bustamam; Abdullah, Rasedee; Rahman, Heshu; Khor KZ; Chartrand, Max Stanley performed all aspects of the project.

Competing financial interests


The author(s) declare no competing financial interests.


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