May 2008
Volume 49, Issue 13
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2008
A Comparison of Protein Expression Changes in Ischemic Retinas and Ischemic Brains
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • A. Zhou
    Legacy Research, Portland, Oregon
    Robert S. Dow Neurobiology Laboratories,
  • C. Stowell
    Legacy Research, Portland, Oregon
    Robert S. Dow Neurobiology,
    Devers Eye Institute, Portland, Oregon
  • L. Wang
    Devers Eye Institute, Portland, Oregon
  • C. Piper
    Legacy Research, Portland, Oregon
    Robert S. Dow Neurobiology,
  • J. Lan
    Legacy Research, Portland, Oregon
    Robert S. Dow Neurobiology,
  • C. F. Burgoyne
    Devers Eye Institute, Portland, Oregon
  • G. A. Cioffi
    Devers Eye Institute, Portland, Oregon
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  A. Zhou, None; C. Stowell, None; L. Wang, None; C. Piper, None; J. Lan, None; C.F. Burgoyne, None; G.A. Cioffi, None.
  • Footnotes
    Support  NIH/NEI 1R21EY017345 and Legacy Good Samaritan Foundation
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2008, Vol.49, 6110. doi:https://doi.org/
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      A. Zhou, C. Stowell, L. Wang, C. Piper, J. Lan, C. F. Burgoyne, G. A. Cioffi; A Comparison of Protein Expression Changes in Ischemic Retinas and Ischemic Brains. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2008;49(13):6110. doi: https://doi.org/.

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Abstract

Purpose: : A number of neuronal disorders in the brain and in the retina are attributed to ischemia-induced injury, including possibly glaucoma. To identify retina-specific mechanisms that may mediate the glaucomatous changes of the eye, we initiated a study to compare changes in protein expression levels in the brain and the retina after ischemic insults. In a quantitative mass spectrometry analysis of ischemic rat brains, over five hundreds proteins were identified. Among them, more than fifty proteins showed an increase in expression levels when compared with that of control brains, and several of them are known to be expressed also in the retina. The purpose of the work presented herein was to examine whether or not similar changes in expression levels of selected proteins occur in both ischemic brains and ischemic retinas, as a mean to identify retina-specific changes after ischemia.

Methods: : In Sprague-Dawley rats, retinal ischemia was induced by elevating the intraocular pressure (IOP) to 110 mmHg for 60 minutes followed by 24-hour reperfusion. Retinal sections 12 µm inthickness were prepared at the end of reperfusion. Immunocytochemical analyses of selected proteins that showed a change after brain ischemia were performed.

Results: : Three selected proteins that were up-regulated in ischemic brains included: visinin-like protein 1 (VILIP-1, a calcium sensor protein), SLIT-2 (a molecular guidance cue in cellular migration), and semaphoring 6B (a protein involved in the nerve system development). A detectable presence of all three proteins in rat retina was evident by immunocytochemistry. In the ischemic retina, the level of SLIT-2 expression was higher than that in the control retina - a similar change as seen in the ischemic brain. VILIP-1 and Semaphorin 6B, on the other hand, showed a decrease in expression in the ischemic retina, in contrast to their changes in ischemic brains. The afore-described changes in the ischemic retina were most prominent in the RGC layer.

Conclusions: : Ischemia-induced changes in protein expression appear to be protein-specific, tissue-dependent and may differ between the brain and the retina. A proteome-wide characterization of protein expression changes after retinal ischemia, and a comparison of such changes with that in the brain will help to determine the mechanisms that underlie the retina-specific response to ischemic stress in this tissue.

Keywords: retina • ischemia • proteomics 
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