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Experimental Eye Research

Urmimala Raychaudhuri, J Cameron Millar, Abbot F Clark
Glaucoma is a vision threatening optic neuropathy that affects millions of people worldwide. In primary open angle, increased intraocular pressure (IOP) is the main risk factor for the development of this disease. Studies investigating the causes and mechanisms of increased IOP show fibrotic changes in the trabecular meshwork (TM) that are different from those of age-matched controls. Tissue transglutaminase (TGM2), an extracellular matrix (ECM) crosslinking enzyme, covalently crosslinks ECM proteins and causes excessive ECM protein deposition in the TM that could cause increased IOP...
March 10, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Hopker Luisa Moreira, Neves Juliana de Carvalho, Nascimento Daiane Jaqueline, Campos Eliene Dutra, Mendonça Tomas Scalamandre, Zanoteli Edmar, Allemann Norma
To determine the changes in the cross-sectional area (CSA) of myofibers and their subtype distribution based on the myosin isoform expression after bupivacaine (BUP) injection in the EOM of rabbits and help the understanding of strabismus correction after BUP injection in the clinical practice. A total of 32 rabbits received 0.3 mL of 1.5% BUP in the superior rectus muscle (SR) of the right eye (OD) and were sacrificed at days 7, 28, 60, and 92. Additional eight untouched rabbits were included as controls...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Kenji Sakamoto, Taishi Suzuki, Kosuke Takahashi, Takumi Koguchi, Tasuku Hirayama, Asami Mori, Tsutomu Nakahara, Hideko Nagasawa, Kunio Ishii
Excitoneurotoxicity is regarded as one of the mechanisms of the death of retinal ganglion cells induced by retinal central artery occlusion and glaucoma. Oxidative stress is at least in part involved in excitoneurotoxicity. Fenton reaction, which is catalyzed by Fe2+ , is known to cause formation of hydroxyl radical, one of reactive oxygen species, suggesting that chelation of iron may be protective against excitoneurotoxicity. In the present study, we histologically evaluated whether zinc-deferoxamine (Zn-DFO) and deferasirox (DFX), common iron-chelating agents, were protective against N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced retinal injury in the rat in vivo...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Rosa de Hoz, Ana I Ramírez, Rosa González-Martín, Daniel Ajoy, Blanca Rojas, Elena Salobrar-Garcia, Francisco J Valiente-Soriano, Marcelino Avilés-Trigueros, Maria P Villegas-Pérez, Manuel Vidal-Sanz, Alberto Triviño, José M Ramírez, Juan J Salazar
The immune system plays an important role in glaucomatous neurodegeneration. Retinal microglial reactivation associated with ganglion cell loss could reportedly contribute to the glaucoma progression. Recently we have described signs of microglia activation both in contralateral and ocular hypertension (OHT) eyes involving all retinal layers 15 days after OHT laser induction in mice. However, no works available have analyzed the microglial activation at earliest time points after OHT induction (24 h) in this experimental model...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Kate E Keller, Sanjoy K Bhattacharya, Theresa Borrás, Thomas M Brunner, Sunee Chansangpetch, Abbott F Clark, W Michael Dismuke, Yiqin Du, Michael H Elliott, C Ross Ethier, Jennifer A Faralli, Thomas F Freddo, Rudolf Fuchshofer, Michael Giovingo, Haiyan Gong, Pedro Gonzalez, Alex Huang, Murray A Johnstone, Paul L Kaufman, Mary J Kelley, Paul A Knepper, Casey C Kopczynski, John G Kuchtey, Rachel W Kuchtey, Markus H Kuehn, Raquel L Lieberman, Shan C Lin, Paloma Liton, Yutao Liu, Elke Lütjen-Drecoll, Weiming Mao, Marisse Masis-Solano, Fiona McDonnell, Colleen M McDowell, Darryl R Overby, Padmanabhan P Pattabiraman, Vijay K Raghunathan, P Vasanth Rao, Douglas J Rhee, Uttio Roy Chowdhury, Paul Russell, John R Samples, Donald Schwartz, Evan B Stubbs, Ernst R Tamm, James C Tan, Carol B Toris, Karen Y Torrejon, Janice A Vranka, Mary K Wirtz, Thomas Yorio, Jie Zhang, Gulab S Zode, Michael P Fautsch, Donna M Peters, Ted S Acott, W Daniel Stamer
Cultured trabecular meshwork (TM) cells are a valuable model system to study the cellular mechanisms involved in the regulation of conventional outflow resistance and thus intraocular pressure; and their dysfunction resulting in ocular hypertension. In this review, we describe the standard procedures used for the isolation of TM cells from several animal species including humans, and the methods used to validate their identity. Having a set of standard practices for TM cells will increase the scientific rigor when used as model, and enable other researchers to replicate and build upon previous findings...
March 8, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Kimberly A Fernandes, Katherine L Mitchell, Amit Patel, Olivia J Marola, Peter Shrager, Donald J Zack, Richard T Libby, Derek S Welsbie
Optic neuropathies such as glaucoma are characterized by the degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and the irreversible loss of vision. In these diseases, focal axon injury triggers a propagating axon degeneration and, eventually, cell death. Previous work by us and others identified dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) and JUN N-terminal kinase (JNK) as key mediators of somal cell death signaling in RGCs following axonal injury. Moreover, others have shown that activation of the DLK/JNK pathway contributes to distal axonal degeneration in some neuronal subtypes and that this activation is dependent on the adaptor protein, sterile alpha and TIR motif containing 1 (SARM1)...
March 8, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Romina M Lasagni Vitar, Julia Tau, Natasha S Janezic, Agustina I Tesone, Ailen G Hvozda Arana, Claudia G Reides, Alejandro Berra, Sandra M Ferreira, Susana F Llesuy
The aim of this study was to evaluate the time course of oxidative stress markers and inflammatory mediators in human conjunctival epithelial cells (IOBA-NHC) exposed to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) for 1, 3, and 24 h. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, lipid and protein oxidation, Nrf2 pathway activation, enzymatic antioxidants, glutathione (GSH) levels and synthesis, as well as cytokine release and cell proliferation were analyzed. Cells exposed to DEP showed an increase in ROS at all time points...
March 7, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Johann Schottler, Niklas Randoll, Ralph Lucius, Amke Caliebe, Johann Roider, Alexa Klettner
Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) therapy is given repeatedly for an extended period of time to patients when treated for age-related macular degeneration. While short-term effects of anti-VEGF agents on retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells have been investigated, the effects of long-term and repeated treatment on these cells are scarce. In this study, we have investigated the effects of anti-VEGF treatment after long-term, repeated treatment on cell aging and morphology. The experiments were conducted in primary porcine RPE cells passage one and two...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Maresuke Morita, Naoki Fujita, Momoko Abe, Koji Hayashimoto, Takayuki Nakagawa, Ryohei Nishimura, Keiko Tsuzuki
We have previously reported characteristics of canine corneal epithelial cells in vitro and found that canine corneal epithelial cells could maintain their proliferative capacity even after continuous culture without the use of feeder cells and growth promoting additives. The objective of this study was to elucidate proliferative characteristics of canine corneal epithelial cells independent of feeder cells and growth promoting additives, with the aim of developing a spontaneously derived corneal epithelial cell line...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Kaitryn E Ronning, Gabriel Peinado Allina, Eric B Miller, Robert J Zawadzki, Edward N Pugh, Rolf Hermann, Marie E Burns
Rods and cones mediate visual perception over 9 log units of light intensities, with both photoreceptor types contributing to a middle 3-log unit range that comprises most night-time conditions. Rod function in this mesopic range has been difficult to isolate and study in vivo because of the paucity of mutants that abolish cone signaling without causing photoreceptor degeneration. Here we describe a novel Gnat2 knockout mouse line (Gnat2-/- ) ideal for dissecting rod and cone function. In this line, loss of Gnat2 expression abolished cone phototransduction, yet there was no loss of cones, disruption of the photoreceptor mosaic, nor change in general retinal morphology up to at least 9 months of age...
March 5, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Lasse Jørgensen Cehofski, Anders Kruse, Sigriður Olga Magnusdottir, Alexander Nørgård Alsing, Svend Kirkeby, Bent Honoré, Henrik Vorum
A dexamethasone intravitreal implant (OZURDEX) provides an effective treatment of inflammation secondary to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO). Retinal proteome changes which mediate the beneficial effects of the implant remain poorly understood. To study retinal proteome changes in BRVO following an intervention with a dexamethasone (DEX) implant this study combined an experimental model of BRVO with proteomic techniques. In six Danish Landrace pigs experimental BRVO was induced in both eyes using argon laser...
March 2, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Mengchen Xu, Brittany Simmons, Amy L Lerner, Geunyoung Yoon
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March 1, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Guannan Zhao, Charles G Bailey, Yue Feng, John Rasko, Frank J Lovicu
Sprouty (Spry) and Spred proteins have been identified as closely related negative regulators of the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK)-mediated MAPK pathway, inhibiting cellular proliferation, migration and differentiation in many systems. As the different members of this antagonist family are strongly expressed in the lens epithelium in overlapping patterns, in this study we used lens epithelial explants to examine the impact of these different antagonists on the morphologic and molecular changes associated with fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-induced lens fiber differentiation...
March 1, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Fangkun Zhao, Chastain Anderson, Sara Karnes, Qinbo Zhou, Jing Ma, Zheng-Gen Jin, Partha S Bhattacharjee, Shusheng Wang
MicroRNA miR-126 has been shown to be required for proper angiogenesis in several models. However, its expression, regulation and function in the mouse choroid remain unclear. Our previous data has shown that miR-126 expression is enriched in the endothelial cells (ECs) of the mouse choroid. Here we report that a 5.5 kb Egfl7/miR-126 promoter drives the expression of miR-126 in the choroid ECs during choroidal vascular development. The expression of miR-126 in the ECs is regulated by flow stress likely through Krüppel-like transcriptional factors...
February 28, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Joachim Täger, Susanne Kohl, David Birch, Dianna K H Wheaton, Bernd Wissinger, Peggy Reuter
The cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) channel - composed of CNGA3 and CNGB3 subunits - mediates the influx of cations in cone photoreceptors after light stimulation and thus is a key element in cone phototransduction. Mutations in CNGA3 and CNGB3 are associated with achromatopsia, a rare autosomal recessive retinal disorder. Here, we demonstrate that the presence of an early nonsense mutation in CNGA3 induces the usage of a downstream alternative translation initiation site giving rise to a short CNGA3 isoform...
February 27, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Albert Lee, Dimitrios Karamichos, Obianamma E Onochie, Audrey E K Hutcheon, Celeste B Rich, James D Zieske, Vickery Trinkaus-Randall
Deposition of matrix proteins during development and repair is critical to the transparency of the cornea. While many cells respond to a hypoxic state that can occur in a tumor, the cornea is exposed to hypoxia during development prior to eyelid opening and during the diurnal sleep cycle where oxygen levels can drop from 21% to 8%. In this study, we used 2 three-dimensional (3-D) models to examine how stromal cells respond to periods of acute hypoxic states. The first model, a stromal construct model, is a 3-D stroma-like construct that consists of human corneal fibroblasts (HCFs) stimulated by a stable form of ascorbate for 1, 2, and 4 weeks to self-assemble their own extracellular matrix...
February 26, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Jiajia Hua, Huaicheng Chen, Yu Chen, Guoxiao Zheng, Fang Li, Jia Qu, Xiaoyin Ma, Ling Hou
There is increasing evidence that the mechanisms protecting the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) against oxidative stress are important for preventing retinal degenerative diseases. Little, however, is known about these mechanisms. Here we show that MITF, a transcription factor responsible for RPE development and function, regulates redox signaling by acting through PGC1α, a master regulator of mitochondrial biogenesis. Mitf deficiency in mice leads to significantly higher levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in both RPE and retina, suggesting that Mitf dysfunction might lead to oxidative damage in the RPE and, by extension, in the retina...
February 24, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Kei-Ichi Nakashima, Keiichiro Iwao, Toshihiro Inoue, Akira Haga, Takayuki Tsutsumi, Miyuki Inoue Mochita, Tomokazu Fujimoto, Hidenobu Tanihara
Among candidate neuroprotective agents, adenosine is thought to be a possible treatment for central nervous system disorders. Adenosine elicits biological effects through four G protein-coupled receptors (A1 , A2A , A2B , and A3 ). The A2A and A2B receptors stimulate adenylyl cyclase (AC) and increase cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) levels, whereas A1 and A3 receptors inhibit AC and decrease cAMP levels. Several studies have investigated the effects of adenosine receptors (AdoRs) in glaucoma, because modulation of A1 , A2A , or A3 receptor regulates intraocular pressure...
February 24, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Xiaomin Chen, David A Sullivan, Amy Gallant Sullivan, Wendy R Kam, Yang Liu
Cosmetic products, such as mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner and eye makeup remover are used extensively to highlight the eyes or clean the eyelids, and typically contain preservatives to prevent microbial growth. These preservatives include benzalkonium chloride (BAK) and formaldehyde (FA)-releasing preservatives. We hypothesize that these preservatives, at concentrations (BAK = 1 mg/ml; FA = 0.74 mg/ml) approved for consumer use, are toxic to human ocular surface and adnexal cells. Accordingly, we tested the influence of BAK and FA on the morphology, survival, and proliferation and signaling ability of immortalized human meibomian gland (iHMGECs), corneal (iHCECs) and conjunctival (iHConjECs) epithelial cells...
February 24, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Shivangi M Inamdar, Colten K Lankford, Joseph G Laird, Gulnara Novbatova, Nicole Tatro, S Scott Whitmore, Todd E Scheetz, Sheila A Baker
The 14-3-3 family of proteins has undergone considerable expansion in higher eukaryotes with humans and mice expressing seven isoforms (β, ε, η, γ, θ, ζ, and σ) from seven distinct genes (YWHAB, YWAHE, YWHAH, YWHAG, YWHAQ, YWHAZ, and SFN). Growing evidence indicates that while highly conserved, these isoforms are not entirely functionally redundant as they exhibit unique tissue expression profiles, subcellular localization, and biochemical functions. A key limitation in our understanding of 14-3-3 biology lies in our limited knowledge of cell-type specific 14-3-3 expression...
February 24, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
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