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A model for the easy assessment of pressure-dependent damage to retinal ganglion cells using cyan fluorescent protein-expressing transgenic mice.

Tsuruga H, Murata H, Araie M, Aihara M - Mol. Vis. (2012)

Bottom Line: Laser-treated eyes showed a significantly higher IOP than control eyes from 1 to 7 weeks (p<0.01).The pressure insult and the RGC density showed a significant negative correlation (y=-0.070x+97.2, r=0.75, p=0.0008).Moreover, the central, middle, and peripheral areas measured from the optic disc and each of four retinal quadrant areas also showed significant negative correlations.

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Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.

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Purpose: To establish an animal model for the easy assessment of pressure-dependent damage to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) using the B6.Cg-TgN(Thy1-CFP)23Jrs/J transgenic mouse strain (CFP mouse), which expresses cyan fluorescent protein (CFP) in RGCs, and to evaluate pressure-dependent RGC death.

Methods: In 20 CFP mice, right eyes were selected to receive laser-induced ocular hypertension eye and the contralateral eyes remained untouched to serve as controls. Intraocular pressure (IOP) was measured each week in both eyes using the microneedle method up to 8 weeks. Based on the line plot of time (x) and IOP (y) in laser-treated and control eyes, the area surrounded by both lines (∫ΔIOP(y) dx) was calculated as a surrogate value of the pressure insult. At 9 weeks, eyes were enucleated and RGCs expressing CFP were evaluated histologically in retinal whole mounts. The correlation between pressure insult and RGC density was evaluated in the whole eye, three concentric regions, and four quadrants.

Results: Laser-treated eyes showed a significantly higher IOP than control eyes from 1 to 7 weeks (p<0.01). The pressure insult and the RGC density showed a significant negative correlation (y=-0.070x+97.2, r=0.75, p=0.0008). Moreover, the central, middle, and peripheral areas measured from the optic disc and each of four retinal quadrant areas also showed significant negative correlations. Our data demonstrate that each retinal area was almost evenly damaged by IOP elevation.

Conclusions: Laser photocoagulation causes a chronic elevation of IOP in CFP mice. The use of CFP mice enabled us to easily evaluate pressure-dependent RGC damage. This glaucomatous CFP mouse model may contribute to the molecular analysis of neurodegeneration and the development of neuroprotective drugs for glaucoma with a great increase in experimental efficiency.

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Histological assessment of the eye with ocular hypertension. Anterior segment of laser-treated B: and control A: eye was histologically assessed. The arrow indicates the closed angle induced by laser photocoagulation.
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f4: Histological assessment of the eye with ocular hypertension. Anterior segment of laser-treated B: and control A: eye was histologically assessed. The arrow indicates the closed angle induced by laser photocoagulation.

Mentions: Twenty mice among those treated by laser photocoagulation survived over 9 weeks. Laser spots were observed over the episcleral vein regions in the laser-treated eyes (Figure 1). Histological analysis of paraffin-embedded eye sections showed that the angle of the laser-treated eye was completely closed (Figure 4). Neither the outer segments nor the retinal pigment epithelium of the peripheral retina exhibited signs of damage induced by direct application of the laser (data not shown).


A model for the easy assessment of pressure-dependent damage to retinal ganglion cells using cyan fluorescent protein-expressing transgenic mice.

Tsuruga H, Murata H, Araie M, Aihara M - Mol. Vis. (2012)

Histological assessment of the eye with ocular hypertension. Anterior segment of laser-treated B: and control A: eye was histologically assessed. The arrow indicates the closed angle induced by laser photocoagulation.
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f4: Histological assessment of the eye with ocular hypertension. Anterior segment of laser-treated B: and control A: eye was histologically assessed. The arrow indicates the closed angle induced by laser photocoagulation.
Mentions: Twenty mice among those treated by laser photocoagulation survived over 9 weeks. Laser spots were observed over the episcleral vein regions in the laser-treated eyes (Figure 1). Histological analysis of paraffin-embedded eye sections showed that the angle of the laser-treated eye was completely closed (Figure 4). Neither the outer segments nor the retinal pigment epithelium of the peripheral retina exhibited signs of damage induced by direct application of the laser (data not shown).

Bottom Line: Laser-treated eyes showed a significantly higher IOP than control eyes from 1 to 7 weeks (p<0.01).The pressure insult and the RGC density showed a significant negative correlation (y=-0.070x+97.2, r=0.75, p=0.0008).Moreover, the central, middle, and peripheral areas measured from the optic disc and each of four retinal quadrant areas also showed significant negative correlations.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology, University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.

ABSTRACT

Purpose: To establish an animal model for the easy assessment of pressure-dependent damage to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) using the B6.Cg-TgN(Thy1-CFP)23Jrs/J transgenic mouse strain (CFP mouse), which expresses cyan fluorescent protein (CFP) in RGCs, and to evaluate pressure-dependent RGC death.

Methods: In 20 CFP mice, right eyes were selected to receive laser-induced ocular hypertension eye and the contralateral eyes remained untouched to serve as controls. Intraocular pressure (IOP) was measured each week in both eyes using the microneedle method up to 8 weeks. Based on the line plot of time (x) and IOP (y) in laser-treated and control eyes, the area surrounded by both lines (∫ΔIOP(y) dx) was calculated as a surrogate value of the pressure insult. At 9 weeks, eyes were enucleated and RGCs expressing CFP were evaluated histologically in retinal whole mounts. The correlation between pressure insult and RGC density was evaluated in the whole eye, three concentric regions, and four quadrants.

Results: Laser-treated eyes showed a significantly higher IOP than control eyes from 1 to 7 weeks (p<0.01). The pressure insult and the RGC density showed a significant negative correlation (y=-0.070x+97.2, r=0.75, p=0.0008). Moreover, the central, middle, and peripheral areas measured from the optic disc and each of four retinal quadrant areas also showed significant negative correlations. Our data demonstrate that each retinal area was almost evenly damaged by IOP elevation.

Conclusions: Laser photocoagulation causes a chronic elevation of IOP in CFP mice. The use of CFP mice enabled us to easily evaluate pressure-dependent RGC damage. This glaucomatous CFP mouse model may contribute to the molecular analysis of neurodegeneration and the development of neuroprotective drugs for glaucoma with a great increase in experimental efficiency.

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Related in: MedlinePlus