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Janise D. Deming, Joseph S. Pak, Jung-a Shin, Bruce M. Brown, Moon K. Kim, Moe H. Aung, Eun-Jin Lee, Machelle T. Pardue, Cheryl Mae Craft; Arrestin 1 and Cone Arrestin 4 Have Unique Roles in Visual Function in an All-Cone Mouse Retina. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2015;56(13):7618-7628. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.15-17832.
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Previous studies discovered cone phototransduction shutoff occurs normally for Arr1−/− and Arr4−/−; however, it is defective when both visual arrestins are simultaneously not expressed (Arr1−/−Arr4−/−). We investigated the roles of visual arrestins in an all-cone retina (Nrl−/−) since each arrestin has differential effects on visual function, including ARR1 for normal light adaptation, and ARR4 for normal contrast sensitivity and visual acuity.
We examined Nrl−/−, Nrl−/−Arr1−/−, Nrl−/−Arr4−/−, and Nrl−/−Arr1−/−Arr4−/− mice with photopic electroretinography (ERG) to assess light adaptation and retinal responses, immunoblot and immunohistochemical localization analysis to measure retinal expression levels of M- and S-opsin, and optokinetic tracking (OKT) to measure the visual acuity and contrast sensitivity.
Study results indicated that Nrl−/− and Nrl−/−Arr4−/− mice light adapted normally, while Nrl−/−Arr1−/− and Nrl−/−Arr1−/−Arr4−/− mice did not. Photopic ERG a-wave, b-wave, and flicker amplitudes followed a general pattern in which Nrl−/−Arr4−/− amplitudes were higher than the amplitudes of Nrl−/−, while the amplitudes of Nrl−/−Arr1−/− and Nrl−/−Arr1−/−Arr4−/− were lower. All three visual arrestin knockouts had faster implicit times than Nrl−/− mice. M-opsin expression is lower when ARR1 is not expressed, while S-opsin expression is lower when ARR4 is not expressed. Although M-opsin expression is mislocalized throughout the photoreceptor cells, S-opsin is confined to the outer segments in all genotypes. Contrast sensitivity is decreased when ARR4 is not expressed, while visual acuity was normal except in Nrl−/−Arr1−/−Arr4−/−.
Based on the opposite visual phenotypes in an all-cone retina in the Nrl−/−Arr1−/− and Nrl−/−Arr4−/− mice, we conclude that ARR1 and ARR4 perform unique modulatory roles in cone photoreceptors.
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