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Ilene K. Sugino, Aprille Rapista, Qian Sun, Jianqiu Wang, Celia F. Nunes, Noounanong Cheewatrakoolpong, Marco A. Zarbin; A Method to Enhance Cell Survival on Bruch's Membrane in Eyes Affected by Age and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2011;52(13):9598-9609. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.11-8400.
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To determine whether conditioned medium (CM) derived from bovine corneal endothelial cells (BCECs) can support transplanted cells on aged and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) Bruch's membrane (BM).
Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hES-RPE) and cultured fetal and aged adult RPE were seeded onto the inner collagenous layer of submacular BM-choroid-sclera explants generated from aged and AMD human donor eyes. Paired explants were cultured in BCEC-CM or CM vehicle. To assess cell behavior after attachment to BM was established, explants were harvested after 21 days in culture. To assess whether sustained exposure to BCEC-CM was necessary for improved cell survival on BM, short exposure to BCEC-CM (3, 7, 14 days) was compared with 21-day exposure. Explants were harvested and evaluated by scanning electron and light microscopy. Extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition after exposure to BCEC-CM was evaluated following RPE cell removal after day 21 on tissue culture dishes or on BM.
BCEC-CM significantly enhanced hES-RPE, fetal RPE, and aged adult RPE survival on BM, regardless of submacular pathology. Although shorter BCEC-CM exposure times showed significant improvement in cell survival compared with culture in CM vehicle, longer BCEC-CM exposure times were more effective. BCEC-CM increased RPE ECM deposition on tissue culture plastic and on BM.
The results of this study indicate that RPE survival is possible on AMD BM and offer a method that could be developed for enhancing transplanted cell survival on AMD BM. Increased ECM deposition may account for improved cell survival after culture in BCEC-CM.
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