Periadventitial delivery of simvastatin-loaded microparticles attenuate venous neointimal hyperplasia associated with arteriovenous fistula

Chenglei Zhao, Sean T. Zuckerman, Chuanqi Cai, Sreenivasulu Kilari, Avishek Singh, Michael Simeon, Horst A. von Recum, Julius N. Korley, Sanjay Misra

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BACKGROUND: Venous neointimal hyperplasia and venous stenosis (VS) formation can result in a decrease in arteriovenous fis-tula (AVF) patency in patients with end-stage renal disease. There are limited therapies that prevent VNH/VS. Systemic delivery of simvastatin has been shown to reduce VNH/VS but local delivery may help decrease the side effects associated with statin use. We determined if microparticles (MP) composed of cyclodextrins loaded with simvastatin (MP-SV) could reduce VS/VNH using a murine arteriovenous fistula model with chronic kidney disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male C57BL/6J mice underwent nephrectomy to induce chronic kidney disease. Four weeks later, an arteriovenous fistula was placed and animals were randomized to 3 groups: 20 μL of PBS or 20 μL of PBS with 16.6 mg/mL of either MP or MP-SV. Animals were euthanized 3 days later and the outflow veins were harvested for quantitative reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction analysis and 28 days later for immunohistochemistical staining with morphometric analysis. Doppler ultrasound was performed weekly. Gene expression of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (Vegf-A), matrix metalloproteinase-9 (Mmp-9), transforming growth factor beta 1 (Tgf-β1), and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (Mcp-1) were significantly decreased in MP-SV treated vessels compared with controls. There was a significant decrease in the neoin-timal area, cell proliferation, inflammation, and fibrosis, with an increase in apoptosis and peak velocity in MP-SV treated out-flow veins. MP-SV treated fibroblasts when exposed to hypoxic injury had decreased gene expression of Vegf-A and Mmp-9. CONCLUSIONS: In experimental arteriovenous fistulas, periadventitial delivery of MP-SV decreased gene expression of Vegf-A, Mmp-9, Tgf-β1 and Mcp-1, VNH/VS, inflammation, and fibrosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere018418
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 15 2020


  • Arteriovenous fistula
  • Drug delivery
  • Vascular remodeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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