Haem oxygenase-l gene transfer protects retinal ganglion cells from ischaemia/reperfusion injury

Pai Huei Peng, K. O. Mei-Lan, Chau Fong Chen, Shu H. Juan

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Abstract

RGC (retinal ganglion cell) death following ischaemic insult is the major cause of a number of vision- threatening diseases, including glaucoma. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of HO-1 (haem oxygenase-1) in the retina against IR (ischaemia/reperfusion) injury. Adenovirus- mediated HO-1 gene transfer (Adv-HO-1) was carried out by injection into the vitreous body to induce HO-1 overexpression. At 3 weeks after transfection, levels of HO-1 expression, as measured by Western blot analysis, immunohistochemical staining and activity assay, were drastically up-regulated. Transient retinal ischaemia was induced by raising the intraocular pressure to 150 mmHg for 60 min. Untreated IR caused a significant decrease in RGC numbers at 3 and 7 days after reperfusion (76.1 and 67.2% of control eyes with sham IR respectively; P <0.001). Eyes pretreated with Adv-HO-1 had less RGC loss on day 3 and 7 following reperfusion compared with control eyes injected with Adv-GFP (adenovirus containing a gene for green fluorescent protein; 94.3 and 88.2% respectively; P = 0.007 and 0.001). SnP (tin protoporphyrin), an HO-1 inhibitor, counteracted the effects of Adv-HO-1. In conclusion, these findings provide evidence that augmentation of HO-1 enzyme overexpression by intravitreal injection is able to protect RGCs against IR-induced damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-342
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Science
Volume115
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

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Heme Oxygenase (Decyclizing)
Retinal Ganglion Cells
Reperfusion Injury
Adenoviridae
Reperfusion
Ischemia
Genes
Vitreous Body
Intravitreal Injections
Green Fluorescent Proteins
Intraocular Pressure
Glaucoma
Transfection
Retina
Cell Death
Cell Count
Western Blotting
Staining and Labeling
Injections
Enzymes

Keywords

  • Adenovirus
  • Gene therapy
  • Haem oxygenase
  • Ischaemia/reperfusion
  • Ocular disease
  • Retinal ganglion cell

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Haem oxygenase-l gene transfer protects retinal ganglion cells from ischaemia/reperfusion injury. / Peng, Pai Huei; Mei-Lan, K. O.; Chen, Chau Fong; Juan, Shu H.

In: Clinical Science, Vol. 115, No. 11, 12.2008, p. 335-342.

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Peng, Pai Huei ; Mei-Lan, K. O. ; Chen, Chau Fong ; Juan, Shu H. / Haem oxygenase-l gene transfer protects retinal ganglion cells from ischaemia/reperfusion injury. In: Clinical Science. 2008 ; Vol. 115, No. 11. pp. 335-342.
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