May 2006
Volume 47, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2006
Optimizing Delivery of Novel Anti–Sense Oligonucleotides to Trabecular Meshwork Cells
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • L. Talbot
    Ophthalmology, Duke, Durham, NC
  • P. Gonzalez
    Ophthalmology, Duke, Durham, NC
  • P. Liton
    Ophthalmology, Duke, Durham, NC
  • D.L. Epstein
    Ophthalmology, Duke, Durham, NC
  • P. Challa
    Ophthalmology, Duke, Durham, NC
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  L. Talbot, None; P. Gonzalez, None; P. Liton, None; D.L. Epstein, None; P. Challa, None.
  • Footnotes
    Support  NEI K23 EY014019 HIGHWIRE EXLINK_ID="47:5:1874:1" VALUE="EY014019" TYPEGUESS="GEN" /HIGHWIRE , P30 EY05722, Research To Prevent Blindness
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2006, Vol.47, 1874. doi:
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      L. Talbot, P. Gonzalez, P. Liton, D.L. Epstein, P. Challa; Optimizing Delivery of Novel Anti–Sense Oligonucleotides to Trabecular Meshwork Cells . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2006;47(13):1874.

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Purpose: : To assess and refine the delivery of highly specific, nuclease resistant non–anionic morpholine–backbone anti–sense oligonucleotides (morpholinos) to porcine trabecular meshwork (TM) cells for modulating gene expression.

Methods: : Porcine TM cells were harvested, digested, and grown to confluence. A morpholino with a fluorescent red lissamine end–modification was administered to the cultured cells in two groups, with and without an Endo–porter delivery agent. Controls lacking either morpholino or Endo–Porter were also studied in two groups. Trabecular meshwork cells were qualitatively evaluated for distribution of intracellular fluorescence and quantitatively evaluated for amount of fluorescence by flow cytometry.

Results: : Sole delivery of lissamine–tagged morpholino resulted in TM cells developing a diffuse red fluorescence characteristic of ctyosolic distribution after 72 hours, compared to same–age untreated controls. Cellular toxicity was observed with the delivery of Endo–porter and varied depending on the concentration of morpholino and Endo–porter. After reaction optimization a significant number of TM cells successfully incorporated cytosolic morpholinos.

Conclusions: : These data indicate that morpholinos can be effectively delivered intracellularly to porcine TM cells for use in anti–sense modulation of gene expression.

Keywords: trabecular meshwork • gene/expression • microscopy: light/fluorescence/immunohistochemistry 

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