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Insulin, insulin-like growth factor-1, insulin receptor, and insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor expression in the chick eye and their regulation with imposed myopic or hyperopic defocus.

Penha AM, Schaeffel F, Feldkaemper M - Mol. Vis. (2011)

Bottom Line: Insulin stimulates eye growth in chicks and this effect is greatly enhanced if the retinal image is degraded by the defocus of either sign.IR mRNA was found in all the studied tissues, although there is evidence of tissue-specific transcript variations.In the retina, no significant gene expression changes were found when defocus was imposed.

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Affiliation: University Eye Hospital, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Section of Neurobiology of the Eye, Tuebingen, Germany.

ABSTRACT

Purpose: Insulin stimulates eye growth in chicks and this effect is greatly enhanced if the retinal image is degraded by the defocus of either sign. However, it is unclear whether the insulin receptor (IR) is expressed at all in the chicken retina in animals 1-2 weeks post-hatching. We have investigated IR expression and whether IR transcript abundance varies in the fundal layers. To elucidate the possible role of insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 signaling in eye growth regulation, mRNA (mRNA) levels were measured for insulin, IGF-1, IR, and IGF-1 receptor (IGF-1R) during imposed negative or positive defocus.

Methods: Chicks were treated binocularly with positive or negative spectacle lenses for 4 or 24 h, or they remained untreated (n=6, for each treatment group). Northern blot analyses were performed to screen for transcription variants in the different fundal layers of untreated animals. Real-time PCR was used to quantify IR, IGF-1R, IGF-1, and insulin mRNA levels in the different fundal layers of the chick eye in the three treatment groups.

Results: IR mRNA was found in all the studied tissues, although there is evidence of tissue-specific transcript variations. Three major transcripts were detected for IR. The brain, retina, and choroid showed the longest transcript (4.3 kb), which was not present in the liver. Nevertheless, the liver and brain showed a second transcript (2.6 kb) not present in the retina and choroid. A short transcript (1.3 kb) was the predominant form in the liver and choroid, and it seems to be present in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and sclera as well. In the retina, no significant gene expression changes were found when defocus was imposed. Interestingly, in the RPE, both IR and IGF-1R were already downregulated after short periods (4 h) of positive lens wear. In contrast, IR and IGF-1R were upregulated in the choroid and fibrous sclera during treatment with negative, but not positive, lenses.

Conclusions: Differences observed in the IR transcript length in different tissues suggest possibly different functions. The differential regulation of IR and IGF-1R in the RPE, choroid, and fibrous sclera is consistent with their involvement in a signaling cascade for emmetropization.

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Northern blot showing the expression pattern of the insulin receptor mRNA (probe 1) in the liver (L), brain (B), and different fundal ocular layers: the retina (R), choroid (Ch), and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Three major transcripts with 4.3, 2.6, and 1.3 kb were found, although the pattern was different among the studied tissues.
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f1: Northern blot showing the expression pattern of the insulin receptor mRNA (probe 1) in the liver (L), brain (B), and different fundal ocular layers: the retina (R), choroid (Ch), and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Three major transcripts with 4.3, 2.6, and 1.3 kb were found, although the pattern was different among the studied tissues.

Mentions: Northern blots were used to compare the transcript length of the IR (Figure 1) in neuronal and nonneuronal tissues. The emphasis in the northern blot analyses was placed on the investigation of transcript variants among different tissues and not on the quantification of the IR mRNA levels in those tissues. Therefore, a loading control was not used. Figure 1 shows a northern blot result for IR expression in the liver, brain, retina, choroid, and RPE.


Insulin, insulin-like growth factor-1, insulin receptor, and insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor expression in the chick eye and their regulation with imposed myopic or hyperopic defocus.

Penha AM, Schaeffel F, Feldkaemper M - Mol. Vis. (2011)

Northern blot showing the expression pattern of the insulin receptor mRNA (probe 1) in the liver (L), brain (B), and different fundal ocular layers: the retina (R), choroid (Ch), and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Three major transcripts with 4.3, 2.6, and 1.3 kb were found, although the pattern was different among the studied tissues.
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f1: Northern blot showing the expression pattern of the insulin receptor mRNA (probe 1) in the liver (L), brain (B), and different fundal ocular layers: the retina (R), choroid (Ch), and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Three major transcripts with 4.3, 2.6, and 1.3 kb were found, although the pattern was different among the studied tissues.
Mentions: Northern blots were used to compare the transcript length of the IR (Figure 1) in neuronal and nonneuronal tissues. The emphasis in the northern blot analyses was placed on the investigation of transcript variants among different tissues and not on the quantification of the IR mRNA levels in those tissues. Therefore, a loading control was not used. Figure 1 shows a northern blot result for IR expression in the liver, brain, retina, choroid, and RPE.

Bottom Line: Insulin stimulates eye growth in chicks and this effect is greatly enhanced if the retinal image is degraded by the defocus of either sign.IR mRNA was found in all the studied tissues, although there is evidence of tissue-specific transcript variations.In the retina, no significant gene expression changes were found when defocus was imposed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: University Eye Hospital, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Section of Neurobiology of the Eye, Tuebingen, Germany.

ABSTRACT

Purpose: Insulin stimulates eye growth in chicks and this effect is greatly enhanced if the retinal image is degraded by the defocus of either sign. However, it is unclear whether the insulin receptor (IR) is expressed at all in the chicken retina in animals 1-2 weeks post-hatching. We have investigated IR expression and whether IR transcript abundance varies in the fundal layers. To elucidate the possible role of insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 signaling in eye growth regulation, mRNA (mRNA) levels were measured for insulin, IGF-1, IR, and IGF-1 receptor (IGF-1R) during imposed negative or positive defocus.

Methods: Chicks were treated binocularly with positive or negative spectacle lenses for 4 or 24 h, or they remained untreated (n=6, for each treatment group). Northern blot analyses were performed to screen for transcription variants in the different fundal layers of untreated animals. Real-time PCR was used to quantify IR, IGF-1R, IGF-1, and insulin mRNA levels in the different fundal layers of the chick eye in the three treatment groups.

Results: IR mRNA was found in all the studied tissues, although there is evidence of tissue-specific transcript variations. Three major transcripts were detected for IR. The brain, retina, and choroid showed the longest transcript (4.3 kb), which was not present in the liver. Nevertheless, the liver and brain showed a second transcript (2.6 kb) not present in the retina and choroid. A short transcript (1.3 kb) was the predominant form in the liver and choroid, and it seems to be present in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and sclera as well. In the retina, no significant gene expression changes were found when defocus was imposed. Interestingly, in the RPE, both IR and IGF-1R were already downregulated after short periods (4 h) of positive lens wear. In contrast, IR and IGF-1R were upregulated in the choroid and fibrous sclera during treatment with negative, but not positive, lenses.

Conclusions: Differences observed in the IR transcript length in different tissues suggest possibly different functions. The differential regulation of IR and IGF-1R in the RPE, choroid, and fibrous sclera is consistent with their involvement in a signaling cascade for emmetropization.

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Related in: MedlinePlus