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T Truong, S M Sagar, W J Millard, J L Shaw; Cysteamine induces cataracts in newborn rats.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1987;28(10):1710-1713.
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Daily subcutaneous injections of cysteamine (CSH) administered to neonatal rats for 6 to 11 days cause dense bilateral cataracts that are evident at eye opening and that are permanent. CSH has been previously shown to induce protein cross-linking by the formation of abnormal disulfide bonds. It is hypothesized that the same mechanism underlies its cataractogenic effect; as such, CSH may be a useful agent in the study of models of senile cataract formation in humans.
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