Journal article

Secondary retinal ganglion cell death and the neuroprotective effects of the calcium channel blocker lomerizine.

Melinda Fitzgerald, Sophie C Payne, Carole A Bartlett, Lauren Evill, Alan R Harvey, Sarah A Dunlop

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci | Published : 2009

Abstract

PURPOSE: After partial optic nerve (ON) injury, intact retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) undergo secondary death, but the topographic distribution of this death is unknown, and it is unclear which cell death pathways are involved. Although the calcium channel blocker lomerizine reduces RGC death after partial ON injury, it is unknown whether this drug alleviates necrotic or apoptotic death. METHODS: The dorsal ON was transected in adult Piebald-Virol-Glaxo (PVG) rats, and the site of secondary RGC death was determined using anterograde and retrograde DiI tracing. RGC death was assessed at 2 and 3 weeks. Retrograde tracing with fluorogold injected into the superior colliculus 3 days before euthan..

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