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Dario Marangoni, Camasamudram Vijayasarathy, Ronald A. Bush, Lisa L. Wei, Rong Wen, Paul A. Sieving; Intravitreal Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor Transiently Improves Cone-Mediated Function in a CNGB3−/− Mouse Model of Achromatopsia. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2015;56(11):6810-6822. doi: 10.1167/iovs.15-16866.
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Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) was recently shown to augment cone function in CNGB3 mutant achromat dogs. However, testing CNTF-releasing implant in human CNGB3 achromats failed to show benefit. We evaluated the effects of CNTF protein on the retinal function in an additional achromatopsia model, the CNGB3−/− mouse.
Fifty-nine CNGB3−/− mice (postnatal day [PD] ± SD = 30 ± 7) received a unilateral intravitreal injection of 1 or 2 μg CNTF protein, and 15 wild-type (WT) mice (PD = 34 ± 3) received 1 μg CNTF. Retinal function was evaluated by flash ERG and photopic flicker ERG (fERG) at 7 and 14 days after treatment.
Seven days post CNTF, the photopic b-wave Vmax was significantly increased in CNGB3−/− mice (P < 0.01), whereas it was reduced in WT mice (P < 0.05). Ciliary neurotrophic factor significantly increased the amplitude of photopic fERG and the photopic oscillatory potentials (OPs) in CNGB3−/− mice. Ciliary neurotrophic factor did not alter the scotopic a-wave in either CNGB3−/− or WT mice, but it increased the scotopic b-wave k (P < 0.01) in CNGB3−/− mice, indicating diminished scotopic sensitivity, and reduced the scotopic b-wave Vmax in WT mice (P < 0.05). No difference was found in ERG parameters between 1 or 2 μg CNTF. Fourteen days after CNTF injection the ERG changes in CNGB3−/− mice were lost.
Intravitreal bolus CNTF protein caused a small and transient improvement of cone-mediated function in CNGB3−/− mice, whereas it reduced rod-mediated function. The increase in photopic OPs and the lack of changes in scotopic a-wave suggest a CNTF effect on the inner retina.
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