We have investigated whether tea catechins (EC, ECg, EGC, EGCg) have any inhibitory effects on angiogenesis and which step they affect during the process. The effects of catechins were tested on in vitro models of angiogenesis, namely, growth, migration and tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells. All four catechins inhibited angiogenesis in vitro in the three different bioassays with concentrations ranging from 1.56 to 100 microM. Among the four catechins tested, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) was the most effective in inhibiting angiogenesis in all three assays. When these four catechins were tested on VEGF binding assay, only EGCg inhibited the binding of VEGF, a major angiogenesis inducing factor, to endothelial cells in a concentration dependent manner. These results indicate that while all four tea catechins inhibit the process of angiogenesis, EGCg alone can reduce the binding of VEGF to its receptors and thus affects the downstream signaling.