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The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rat has been extensively studied as a model system for inherited retinal degeneration. As in a number of human retinal degenerative diseases, posterior subcapsular cataracts (PSC) are associated with the retinal changes. It has been hypothesized recently that such cataracts may be initiated by toxic products generated by(More)
Experiments were conducted to evaluate the role played by photoreceptor cells in the accumulation of age pigment, or lipofuscin, in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). The age-related accumulation of RPE lipofuscin was compared between rats with hereditary photoreceptor degeneration (RDY) and congenic rats with normal retinas. In the RDY animals, the(More)
Posterior subcapsular cataracts (PSC) are associated with hereditary retinal dystrophy in the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rat model and with human retinitis pigmentosa. The relationship of lens and retinal pathology has never been explained. Previous studies of pink-eyed RCS rats aged 2.5 to 11 months had shown an incidence of cataract of 24% when(More)
The American Institute of Nutrition purified ingredient diet (AIN-76) prevented occurrence of mature cataracts associated with hereditary retinal degeneration in pink-eyed, tan-hooded Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rats. Rats fed a natural ingredient open formula NIH diet or a closed formula commercial diet had a cataract incidence of 27-29% by 3 to 12(More)