July 2018
Volume 59, Issue 9
Open Access
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   July 2018
GENOMIC LOCUS MODULATING CORNEAL THICKNESS IN THE MOUSE IDENTIFIES POU6F2, A POTENTIAL RISK OF DEVELOPING GLAUCOMA
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Eldon E Geisert
    Ophthalmology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Rebecca King
    Ophthalmology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Felix Struebing
    Ophthalmology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Ying Li
    Ophthalmology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Jiaxing Wang
    Ophthalmology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
    Ophthalmology, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
  • Jessica Cook Bailey
    Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Janey L Wiggs
    Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   Eldon Geisert, None; Rebecca King, None; Felix Struebing, None; Ying Li, None; Jiaxing Wang, None; Jessica Cook Bailey, None; Janey Wiggs, None
  • Footnotes
    Support  NEI grant R01EY017841 (E.E.G.), Owens Family Glaucoma Research Fund, P30EY06360 (Emory Vision Core), DoD Grant W81XWH-12-1-0255 (EEG), R01 EY022305 (JLW)
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science July 2018, Vol.59, 1181. doi:
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      Eldon E Geisert, Rebecca King, Felix Struebing, Ying Li, Jiaxing Wang, Jessica Cook Bailey, Janey L Wiggs; GENOMIC LOCUS MODULATING CORNEAL THICKNESS IN THE MOUSE IDENTIFIES POU6F2, A POTENTIAL RISK OF DEVELOPING GLAUCOMA
      . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2018;59(9):1181.

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Abstract

Purpose : Central corneal thickness (CCT) is one of the most heritable ocular traits and it is also a phenotypic risk factor for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). The present study uses the BXD Recombinant Inbred (RI) strains to identify novel quantitative trait loci (QTLs) modulating CCT in the mouse with the potential of identifying a molecular link between CCT and risk of developing POAG.

Methods : The BXD RI strain set was used to define mammalian genomic loci modulating CCT, with a total of 818 corneas measured from 61 BXD RI strains (between 60-100 days of age). The mice were anesthetized and the eyes were positioned in front of the lens of the Phoenix Micron IV Image-Guided OCT system or the Bioptigen OCT system. CCT data for each strain was averaged and used to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) modulating this phenotype. The candidate genes and genomic loci identified in the mouse were then directly compared with the summary data from a human primary open-angle glaucoma genome wide association study (NEIGHBORHOOD) to determine if any genomic elements modulating mouse CCT are also risk factors for POAG.

Results : This analysis revealed one significant QTL on Chr 13 and a suggestive QTL on Chr 7. The significant locus on Chr 13 (13 to 19 Mb) was examined further to define candidate genes modulating this eye phenotype. For the Chr 13 QTL in the mouse, only one gene in the region (Pou6f2) contained nonsynonymous SNPs. The 7 Mb region under the mouse Chr 13 peak distributes over 2 chromosomes in the human: Chr 1 and Chr 7. These genomic loci were examined in the NEIGHBORHOOD for human glaucoma.to determine if they are potential risk factors for human glaucoma identified using meta-data from human GWAS. The top 50 hits all resided within one gene (POU6F2), with the highest significance level of p = 10-6 for SNP rs76319873. POU6F2 is found in retinal ganglion cells and in corneal limbal stem cells. To test the effect of POU6F2 on CCT we examined the corneas of a Pou6f2-null mice and the corneas were thinner than those of wild-type littermates. In addition, these POU6F2 RGCs are some of the first ganglion cells to die in the DBA/2J model of glaucoma.

Conclusions : Using a mouse genetic reference panel, we identified a transcription factor, Pou6f2, that modulates CCT in the mouse. POU6F2 is also found in a subset of retinal ganglion cells and these RGCs are sensitive to injury.

This is an abstract that was submitted for the 2018 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29 - May 3, 2018.

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