Journal article

Adenosine Triphosphate-Induced Photoreceptor Death and Retinal Remodeling In Rats

Kirstan A Vessey, Ursula Greferath, Felix P Aplin, Andrew I Jobling, Joanna A Phipps, Tracy Ho, Robbert U De Iongh, Erica L Fletcher

JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE NEUROLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Many common causes of blindness involve the death of retinal photoreceptors, followed by progressive inner retinal cell remodeling. For an inducible model of retinal degeneration to be useful, it must recapitulate these changes. Intravitreal administration of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) has recently been found to induce acute photoreceptor death. The aim of this study was to characterize the chronic effects of ATP on retinal integrity. Five-week-old, dark agouti rats were administered 50 mM ATP into the vitreous of one eye and saline into the other. Vision was assessed using the electroretinogram and optokinetic response and retinal morphology investigated via histology. ATP caused signific..

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