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Enhua H. Zhou, Michael Paolucci, Thaddeus P. Dryja, Ted Manley, Chuanxi Xiang, Dennis S. Rice, Ganesh Prasanna, Amy Chen; A Compact Whole-Eye Perfusion System to Evaluate Pharmacologic Responses of Outflow Facility. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2017;58(7):2991-3003. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.16-20974.
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To discover novel therapies that lower IOP by increasing aqueous humor outflow facility, ex vivo ocular perfusion systems provide a valuable tool. However, currently available designs are limited by their throughput. Here we report the development of a compact, scalable perfusion system with improved throughput and its validation using bovine and porcine eyes.
At a fixed IOP of 6 mm Hg, flow rate was measured by flow sensors. We validated the system by measuring the outflow responses to Y-39983 (a Rho kinase inhibitor), endothelin-1 (ET-1), ambrisentan (an antagonist for endothelin receptor A [ETA]), sphigosine-1-phosphate (S1P), JTE-013 (antagonist for S1P receptor 2 [S1P2]), S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP, a nitric oxide [NO] donor), and 3-Morpholino-sydnonimine (SIN-1, another NO donor).
The instrument design enabled simultaneous measurements of 20 eyes with a footprint of 1 m2. Relative to vehicle control, Y-39983 increased outflow by up to 31% in calf eyes. On the contrary, ET-1 decreased outflow by up to 79%, a response that could be blocked by pretreatment with ambrisentan, indicating a role for ETA receptors. Interestingly, the effect of ET-1 was also inhibited by up to 70% to 80% by pretreatment with NO donors, SNAP and SIN-1. In addition to testing in calf eyes, similar effects of ET-1 and ambrisentan were observed in adult bovine and porcine eyes.
The compact eye perfusion platform provides an opportunity to efficiently identify compounds that influence outflow facility and may lead to the discovery of new glaucoma therapies.
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