Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptor 1 (FGFR1) protein was expressed as the long and short as well as some truncated forms in ovine fetoplacental artery ex vivo and in vitro. Upon FGF2 stimulation, both the long and short FGFR1s were tyrosine phosphorylated and the PI3K/AKT1 and ERK1/2 pathways were activated in a concentration- and time- dependent manner in ovine fetoplacental artery endothelial (oFPAE) cells. Blockade of the PI3K/AKT1 pathway attenuated FGF2-stimulated cell proliferation and migration as well as tube formation; blockade of the ERK1/2 pathway abolished FGF2-stimulated tube formation and partially inhibited cell proliferation and did not alter cell migration. Both AKT1 and ERK1/2 were co-fractionated with caveolin-1 and activated by FGF2 in the caveolae. Disruption of caveolae by methyl-β-cyclodextrin inhibited FGF2 activation of AKT1 and ERK1/2. FGFR1 was found in the caveolae where it physically binds to caveolin-1. FGF2 stimulated dissociation of FGFR1 from caveolin-1. Downregulation of caveolin-1 significantly attenuated the FGF2-induced activation of AKT1 and ERK1/2 and inhibited FGF2-induced cell proliferation, migration and tube formation in oFPAE cells. Pretreatment with a caveolin-1 scaffolding domain peptide to mimic caveolin-1 overexpression also inhibited these FGF2-induced angiogenic responses. These data demonstrate that caveolae function as a platform for regulating FGF2-induced angiogenesis through spatiotemporally compartmentalizing FGFR1 and the AKT1 and ERK1/2 signaling modules; the major caveolar structural protein caveolin-1 interacts with FGFR1 and paradoxically regulates FGF2-induced activation of PI3K/AKT1 and ERK1/2 pathways that coordinately regulate placental angiogenesis. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.