June 2015
Volume 56, Issue 7
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   June 2015
Retinal Protein Changes Following Experimental Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lasse Cehofski
    Department of Ophthalmology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Anders Kruse
    Department of Ophthalmology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Benedict Kjærgaard
    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Centre for Cardiovascular Research, and Biomedical Research Laboratory, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Allan Stensballe
    Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Bent Honoré
    Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Henrik Vorum
    Department of Ophthalmology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships Lasse Cehofski, None; Anders Kruse, None; Benedict Kjærgaard, None; Allan Stensballe, None; Bent Honoré, None; Henrik Vorum, None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 2015, Vol.56, 5494. doi:
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      Lasse Cehofski, Anders Kruse, Benedict Kjærgaard, Allan Stensballe, Bent Honoré, Henrik Vorum; Retinal Protein Changes Following Experimental Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2015;56(7 ):5494.

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Purpose: To identify changes to the retinal proteome following branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO)

Methods: Experimental BRVO<br /> In 5 Danish Landrace pigs BRVO was induced in the right eyes. With an argon laser (532 nm) laser burns were applied directly on an inferior branch vein until stagnation of the venous blood flow was observed. In the left eyes that served as controls an identical area of laser burns was created in the inferior retina in an area devoid of vessels.<br /> <br /> Mass spectrometry and bioinformatics<br /> After fifteen days the eyes were enucleated and the retinas were excised and prepared for label-free liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry by using a filter aided sample preparation method. Mass spectrometry data were searched against a pig isoform database optimized from Uniprot using MaxQuant (v. Standard settings included a false discovery rate of 1% and unique peptides ≥ 2 peptides. In Perseus (version technical replicates were averaged by mean and proteins were filtered by requiring at least 2 unique peptides and at least 3 valid entries. The resulting matrix was exported to Excel for statistic analysis by paired t-test. The Panther Classification System (Version 9.0) was used for GeneOntology analysis and pathway identification.

Results: A total of 1974 proteins were identified. A number of 114 proteins were significantly expressed (p < 0.05). A total of 77 proteins were significantly upregulated whilst 37 proteins were significantly downregulated. A number of annexin proteins including annexin A1, annexin A2, annexin A4, annexin A11 were found to be significantly upregulated. Proteins involved in the integrin signaling pathway accounted for 20.8% of all pathway hits for upregulated proteins. Proteins with transporter functions accounted for 27.0% of all function hits in the GeneOntology analysis of the molecular functions related to significantly downregulated proteins.

Conclusions: BRVO resulted in an upregulation of annexin A1, annexin A2, annexin A4, annexin A11 as well as proteins involved in the integrin signalling pathway. Annexin A2 and the integrin signalling pathway may be driving forces in BRVO-induced angiogenesis and neovascularisation. BRVO induced a downregulation of proteins with transporter functions which may compromise maintenance of the retinal ion and water homeostasis.


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