December 2002
Volume 43, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   December 2002
A Proliferative Vitreorretinopathy Experimental Model in Adult Pigmented Rabbits with 100% of Efectiveness
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • V Robredo
    Retina Instituto de Oftalmologia Conde Mexico City Mexico
  • L Llamas
    Retina Instituto de Oftalmología Mexico Mexico
  • A Alcala
    Retina Instituto deOftalmologia Mexico Mexico
  • F Graue
    Retina Instituto de Oftalmología Mexico Mexico
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   V. Robredo, None; L. Llamas, None; A. Alcala, None; F. Graue, None.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science December 2002, Vol.43, 4490. doi:
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      V Robredo, L Llamas, A Alcala, F Graue; A Proliferative Vitreorretinopathy Experimental Model in Adult Pigmented Rabbits with 100% of Efectiveness . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002;43(13):4490.

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Abstract: : Purpose: To induce Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy (PVR) in pigmented adult rabbits trying to reproduce what happens in the hispanic population obtaining fast results (less than one month) without using exogenous cells, but activating endogenous factors just as happens in the natural evolution of the disease . Methods: PVR was induced in the right eye of 20 rabbits using cryotherapy, vitrectomy, 180-200° retinotomy and an injection of autologous platelet-rich plasma. The healthy left eye was used as control. PVR developed 28 days after procedure; the contractile membranes and the remaining RPE were obtained from the right eyes, and normal RPE cells were obtained from the left eyes. A histopathologic study was done in the healthy and the afected eyes to demonstrate the development of PVR. Results: In 100% of the rabbits PVR was induced in a mean of 28 days after the procedure and the histopathologic study showed the presence of fibroblasts, pigmented epithelium cells ( PRE) that stained positive to actin with less pigment than normal cells. Conclusion: The rabbit model for PVR is suitable for studying the development of PVR in a short period of time allowing the availability of materials for biochemical and pharmacological studies, which are the basis to disclose the pathogenesis of PVR.

Keywords: 316 animal model • 524 proliferative vitreoretinopathy • 554 retina 

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