Temporal regulation of notch activation improves arteriovenous fistula maturation

Qunying Guo, Guang Chen, Hunter Cheng, Ying Qing, Luan Truong, Quan Ma, Yun Wang & Jizhong Cheng
Abstract Background Arteriovenous fistula (AVF) maturation is a process involving remodeling of venous arm of the AVFs. It is a challenge to balance adaptive AVF remodeling and neointima formation. In this study we temporally controlled Notch activation to promote AVF maturation while avoiding neointima formation. Methods Temporal Notch activation was controlled by regulating the expression of Notch transcription factor, RBP-Jκ, or dnMAML1 (dominant negative MAML2) in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). AVF mouse model was...
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