September 2016
Volume 57, Issue 12
Open Access
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2016
A Biochemical Analysis of the Living Human Vitreous
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jan Kokavec
    South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • San H. Min
    South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Mei H. Tan
    South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Jagjit S. Gilhotra
    South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Henry S. Newland
    South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Shane R. Durkin
    South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Robert James Casson
    South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   Jan Kokavec, None; San Min, None; Mei Tan, None; Jagjit Gilhotra, None; Henry Newland, None; Shane Durkin, None; Robert Casson, None
  • Footnotes
    Support  ORIA New Investigator Research Grant 2015 "What is the jelly of the eye made of?"
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science September 2016, Vol.57, 3184. doi:
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      Jan Kokavec, San H. Min, Mei H. Tan, Jagjit S. Gilhotra, Henry S. Newland, Shane R. Durkin, Robert James Casson; A Biochemical Analysis of the Living Human Vitreous. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2016;57(12):3184.

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Abstract

Purpose : The vitreous humor (known as "the vitreous") is a transparent, gel-like fluid that fills the ocular cavity between the lens and the retina. To date, the biochemical composition of the living human vitreous has only been approximated from animal models or from human post-mortem biochemistry. The generalizability of these data to the human situation in vivo is unclear.

Methods : We measured the concentration of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, glucose, lactate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, copper, zinc, selenium, iron, ferritin and transferrin and the osmolality in 27 individuals, with a clinically normal vitreous, scheduled for retinal surgery. Perioperative serum samples were also obtained for comparison.

Results : The vitreous humor extracted from living humans has a markedly different composition to commonly reported reference values obtained from animal studies. The vitreous biochemistry was similar in males and females. There were significant differences in magnesium, glucose, lactate, copper, iron and transferrin concentrations between diabetics and non-diabetics.

Conclusions : The current data have important applications: (1) they provide hitherto unavailable information for forensic pathology, particularly estimation of plasma glucose concentration at the time of death; (2) they provide a foundation for the development of more physiological intraocular irrigating solutions for vitreoretinal surgery; (3) they provide validation for vitreous solute measurements obtained from emerging non-invasive imaging technology.

This is an abstract that was submitted for the 2016 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Seattle, Wash., May 1-5, 2016.

 

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