Physiologic consequences of caveolin-1 ablation in conventional outflow endothelia

Michael L. De Ieso, Jami M. Gurley, Mark E. McClellan, Xiaowu Gu, Iris Navarro, Guorong Li, Maria Gomez-Caraballo, Eric Enyong, W. Daniel Stamer, Michael H. Elliott

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PURPOSE. Polymorphisms at the caveolin-1/2 locus are associated with glaucoma and IOP risk and deletion of caveolin-1 (Cav1) in mice elevates IOP and reduces outflow facility. However, the specific location/cell type responsible for Cav1-dependent regulation of IOP is unclear. We hypothesized that endothelial Cav1 in the conventional outflow (CO) pathway regulate IOP via endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) signaling. METHODS. We created a mouse with targeted deletion of Cav1 in endothelial cells (Cav1ΔEC) and evaluated IOP, outflow facility, outflow pathway distal vascular morphology, eNOS phosphorylation, and tyrosine nitration of iridocorneal angle tissues by Western blotting. RESULTS. Endothelial deletion of Cav1 resulted in significantly elevated IOP versus wildtype mice but not a concomitant decrease in outflow facility. Endothelial Cav1 deficiency did not alter the trabecular meshwork or Schlemm's canal morphology, suggesting that the effects observed were not due to developmental deformities. Endothelial Cav1 deletion resulted in eNOS hyperactivity, modestly increased protein nitration, and significant enlargement of the drainage vessels distal to Schlemm's canal. L-Nitro-arginine methyl ester treatment reduced outflow in Cav1ΔECbut not wild-type mice and had no effect on the size of drainage vessels. Endothelin-1 treatment decrease the outflow and drainage vessel size in both wild-type and Cav1ΔECmice. CONCLUSIONS. Our results suggest that hyperactive eNOS signaling in the CO pathway of both Cav1ΔECand global Cav1 knockout mice results in chronic dilation of distal CO vessels and protein nitration, but that Cav1 expression in the trabecular meshwork is sufficient to rescue CO defects reported in global Cav1 knockout mice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number32
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Caveolae
  • Caveolin-1
  • Conventional outflow
  • ENOS
  • Endothelium
  • Glaucoma
  • Intraocular pressure
  • Schlemm's canal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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