November 1975
Volume 14, Issue 11
Articles  |   November 1975
Microperoxisomes in retinal pigment epithelium.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science November 1975, Vol.14, 866-872. doi:
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      W G Robison, T Kuwabara; Microperoxisomes in retinal pigment epithelium.. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1975;14(11):866-872.

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Microperoxisomes were found to be abundant in the retinal pigment epithelium of the human, rhesus monkey, mice, rats, domestic fowl, and frog by ultrastructural histochemistry. They were rare in other cells of the retina and choroid. These organelles had a granular matrix, ranged in diameter from 0.15 mum to 0.30 mum, and were bound by a single tripartite membrane which often maintained slender connections with the smooth endoplasmic reticulum and other microperoxisomes. They exhibited a positive reaction (electron opaque product) following incubation in diaminobenzidine and H2O2 for the demonstration of the peroxidatic activity of catalase (Novikoff et al., J. Histochem. Cytochem. 20: 1006, 1972). The reaction was inhibited by: (1) aminotriazole; (2) dichlorophenol-indophenol; (3) preheating at 95 degrees C.; or (4) elimination of H2O2. Microperoxisomes, like the well-known peroxisomes (microbodies) of liver cells have been inplicated in various aspects of lipid metabolism and the detoxification of H2O2. We demonstrated for the first time that microperoxisomes respond to drug-induced changes in lipid metabolism, as previously shown for peroxisomes. Nafenopin is a recently utilized drug which greatly decreases serum lipids, increases hepatic catalase activity, and induces an increased size and number of hepatic peroxisomes. Black, beige, albino, and obese mutant mice of the C57BL/6J strain treated with nafenopin for several weeks showed a two- to threefold increase in the number of microperoxisomes in the retinal pigment epithelium. Microperoxisomes of the retinal pigment epithelium may be involved in the transport, storage, and rapid turnover of lipids associated with the maintenance of photoreceptor outer segment disc membranes.


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