Neuronal and glial cell changes are determined by retinal vascularization in retinopathy of prematurity
Article first published online: 30 JUL 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Journal of Comparative Neurology
Volume 504, Issue 4, pages 404–417, 1 October 2007
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Downie, L. E., Pianta, M. J., Vingrys, A. J., Wilkinson-Berka, J. L. and Fletcher, E. L. (2007), Neuronal and glial cell changes are determined by retinal vascularization in retinopathy of prematurity. J. Comp. Neurol., 504: 404–417. doi: 10.1002/cne.21449
- Issue published online: 30 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 30 JUL 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 JUN 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 28 MAY 2007
- Manuscript Received: 28 NOV 2006
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We have characterized the vascular, neuronal, and glial changes in oxygen-induced retinopathy, a model of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Newborn Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to either 80% ± 2% oxygen to postnatal day P11 and then room air until P18 (ROP) or room air for the entire duration (controls). Retinal structure was examined under the light microscope and following postembedding immunocytochemistry in central, midperipheral, and peripheral regions. Müller cells were evaluated immunocytochemically with glial fibrillary acidic protein. The extent of vascularization was established histologically. ROP caused significant thinning of the inner cellular and plexiform layers, which became more pronounced in the peripheral inner nuclear layer of ROP animals (11.3% loss vs. 25.4% loss). Amacrine cell amino acid levels were particularly vulnerable in the peripheral retina; bipolar cells showed similar but less prominent changes. Müller cells had elevated glutamine levels and were most gliotic in the periphery. The vasculature extended to peripheral retinal regions at P18 in controls but not in ROP rats. The most striking pattern of change was evident in the midperipheral “transition zone” of ROP animals. Areas close to blood vessels showed neurochemical properties that were similar to those of the central retina, indicating a local protective effect of the inner retinal blood supply. We find that ROP produces complex vascular, neural, and glial changes that relate to the proximity of inner retinal blood vessels. J. Comp. Neurol. 504:404–417, 2007. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.