December 2002
Volume 43, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   December 2002
Expression of Toll-like Receptor-4 (TLR-4) and CD14 in Human Ciliary Body Epithelium and TLR-4 in Iris Endothelial Cells
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • BE Brito
    Centro de Medicina Experimental IVIC Caracas Venezuela
  • RA Bonnah
    Miami FL
  • DO Zamora
    Miami FL
  • SR Planck
    Miami FL
  • JT Rosenbaum
    Miami FL
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   B.E. Brito, None; R.A. Bonnah , None; D.O. Zamora , None; S.R. Planck , None; J.T. Rosenbaum , None. Grant Identification: NIH EY06477, NIH EY10572, and RPB awards to JTP, SRP and the CEI; CONICIT S2-200100642 to BEB, IVIC
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science December 2002, Vol.43, 1562. doi:
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      BE Brito, RA Bonnah, DO Zamora, SR Planck, JT Rosenbaum; Expression of Toll-like Receptor-4 (TLR-4) and CD14 in Human Ciliary Body Epithelium and TLR-4 in Iris Endothelial Cells . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002;43(13):1562.

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Abstract: : Purpose: To determine if there is intraocular expression in human eye of the functional endotoxin receptor proteins Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR-4) and CD14. Methods: TLR-4 and CD14 expression were determined by immunohistochemical analysis of sections of whole human eyes embedded in paraffin using monoclonal antibodies against human TLR-4 (HTA-125, 10 µg/ml donated by Dr. K. Miyake, (Saga Medical School,Japan), human CD14 (RPA-M1, 10 µg/ml) or as a control, an irrelevant mouse IgG1k (MOPC-21, 10 µg/ml). Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction was used to detect mRNAs for TLR-4, TNFα, IL-1, IL-6 and IL-8, 3 hours after stimulation of cultured iris microvascular endothelial cells. Results: By immunohistochemistry, human ciliary body non-pigmented epithelial cells showed strong expression of the endotoxin receptor proteins, TLR-4 and CD14. Epithelial corneal cells showed a weak expression of TLR-4 and CD14. TLR-4 mRNA expression in iris endothelial cells was constitutively expressed and slightly down regulated by endotoxin. mRNA levels for TNFα, IL-1, IL-6 and IL-8 were all increased by endotoxin treatment. Conclusion: This is the first report that shows intraocular expression of TLR-4, other than cornea. The ciliary body also expresses CD14, which is anatomically colocalized with TLR-4. This suggests a potential interaction between both molecules during endotoxin activation of ciliary body cells. Endotoxin-induced uveitis is a stadard animal model. The juxtaposition of TLR-4 and CD14 in the anterior uveal tract helps to explain the sensitivity of the iris to bacterial endotoxin.

Keywords: 348 ciliary body • 437 inflammation • 434 immunohistochemistry 

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