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Yan Luo, Wei Xiao, Xiaobo Zhu, Yani Mao, Xialin Liu, Xiaoyun Chen, Juan Huang, Shibo Tang, Lawrence J. Rizzolo; Differential Expression of Claudins in Retinas during Normal Development and the Angiogenesis of Oxygen-Induced Retinopathy. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2011;52(10):7556-7564. doi: 10.1167/iovs.11-7185.
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Angiogenesis accompanies several retinal pathologies that impair the inner blood–retinal barrier. Claudins are key structural and functional proteins of the barrier. This study compared the expression of claudins during the normal angiogenesis of development with that of oxygen-induced retinopathy.
Real-time PCR was used to monitor mRNA from postnatal day 8 (P8) to P21 in normal mice and oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) mice. Protein expression was monitored by immunoblotting and immunofluorescence. Isolectin B4 was used to identify blood vessels and occludin was used to identify tight junctions. Neovascularization and permeability were monitored using FITC–dextran and Evans blue.
The mRNA of claudin-1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -12, -22, and -23 was developmentally regulated, but only claudin-1, -2, and -5 were found in the tight junctions of retinal vessels. OIR induced the formation of leaky neovascular vessels. The mRNA and protein of claudin-2 and -5 were overexpressed, whereas claudin-1 and occludin were unaffected. Despite their overexpression, each claudin was distributed throughout the cell, especially in the neovascular tufts. Occludin was retained at the lateral membranes but exhibited a punctate distribution.
Claudin-1, -2, and -5 are the most prominent claudins of the inner blood–retinal barrier. The pathologic angiogenesis induced by oxygen formed a leaky barrier due to the mislocalization of these claudins. Studies of the mechanisms that regulate the intracellular distribution of claudins may lead to new therapeutic approaches for retinal vascular disease.
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