Mar 6, 2018

Neuroprotection of Transplanting Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells in a Microbead Induced Ocular Hypertension Rat Model

Current Eye Research
Shangli JiShibo Tang


The purpose of this study is to investigate the potential therapeutic benefits of intravitreally transplanted human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) in an animal model of microbead-injection-induced ocular hypertension (OHT). UC-MSCs were isolated from human umbilical cords and then cultured. The OHT model was induced via intracameral injection of polystyrene microbeads in Sprague-Dawley adult rat eyes. Fifty-four healthy adult rats were randomly divided into three groups: normal control, OHT model treated with intravitreal transplantation of UC-MSCs, or phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Two days after OHT was induced, either 5 µl 105 UC-MSCs suspension or PBS was injected into the vitreous cavity of rats. UC-MSCs localization and integration were examined via immunohistochemistry. Neuroprotection was quantified by counting retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and axons 2 weeks following transplantation. The expression levels of glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) were assessed via immunohistochemistry and Western blot. Functional recovery was assessed 2 weeks after transplantation via scotopic threshold response (STR) electroretin...Continue Reading

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Establishment and Maintenance of Localization
Phosphate buffers
Ganglion Cell
Ocular Hypertension
Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein
Entire Retina

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