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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the author’s final published version in American Journal of Pathology

Volume 182, Issue 2, February 2013, Pages 325-331.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2012.10.022. Copyright © Zhaodong et al.


It was previously demonstrated that transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) induces endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) in murine lung endothelial cells (ECs) in vitro. Owing to the important role of caveolin-1 (CAV1) in TGF-β receptor internalization and TGF-β signaling, the participation of CAV1 in the induction of EndoMT in murine lung ECs was investigated. Pulmonary ECs were isolated from wild-type and Cav1 knockout mice using immunomagnetic methods with sequential anti-CD31 and anti-CD102 antibody selection followed by in vitro culture and treatment with TGF-β1. EndoMT was assessed by semiquantitative RT-PCR for Acta2, Col1a1, Snai1, and Snai2; by immunofluorescence for α-smooth muscle actin; and by Western blot analysis for α-smooth muscle actin, SNAIL1, SNAIL2, and the α2 chain of type I collagen. The same studies were performed in Cav1(-/-) pulmonary ECs after restoration of functional CAV1 domains using a cell-permeable CAV1 scaffolding domain peptide. Pulmonary ECs from Cav1 knockout mice displayed high levels of spontaneous Acta2, Col1A, Snai1, and Snai2 expression, which increased after TGF-β treatment. Spontaneous and TGF-β1-stimulated EndoMT were abrogated by the restoration of functional CAV1 domains using a cell-permeable peptide. The findings suggest that CAV1 regulation of EndoMT may play a role in the development of fibroproliferative vasculopathies.

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