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Stimulation of Caveolin-1 Signaling Improves Arteriovenous Fistula Patency

Takuya Hashimoto, Toshihiko Isaji, Haidi Hu, Kota Yamamoto, Hualong Bai, Jeans M. Santana, Andrew Kuo, Go Kuwahara, Trenton R. Foster, Jesse J. Hanisch, Bogdan A. Yatsula, William C. Sessa, Katsuyuki Hoshina, Alan Dardik
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology2019
Objective—Arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) are the most common access created for hemodialysis; however, many AVF fail to mature and require repeated intervention, suggesting a need to improve AVF maturation. Eph-B4 is the embryonic venous determinant that is functional in adult veins and can regulate AVF maturation. Cav-1 (caveolin-1) is the major scaffolding protein of caveolae—a distinct microdomain that serves as a mechanosensor at the endothelial cell membrane. We hypothesized that Cav-1 function is critical for Eph-B4–mediated AVF maturation. Approach and Results—In a mouse aortocaval fistula model, both Cav-1 mRNA and protein were increased in the AVF compared with control veins. Cav-1 KO (knockout) mice showed increased fistula wall thickening (P=0.0005) and outward remodeling (P<0.0001), with increased eNOS (endothelial NO synthase) activity compared with WT (wild type) mice. Ephrin-B2/Fc inhibited AVF outward remodeling in WT mice but not in Cav-1 KO mice and was maintained in Cav-1 RC (Cav-1 endothelial reconstituted) mice (WT, P=0.0001; Cav-1 KO, P=0.7552; Cav-1 RC, P=0.0002). Cavtratin—a Cav-1 scaffolding domain peptide—decreased AVF wall thickness in WT mice and in Eph-B4 het mice compared with vehicle alone (WT, P=0.0235; Eph-B4 het, P=0.0431); cavtratin also increased AVF patency (day 42) in WT mice (P=0.0275). Conclusions—Endothelial Cav-1 mediates Eph-B4–mediated AVF maturation. The Eph-B4-Cav-1 axis regulates adaptive remodeling during venous adaptation to the fistula environment. Manipulation of Cav-1 function may be a translational strategy to enhance AVF patency.
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