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The inability of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) to regenerate damaged axons through the optic nerve has dire consequences for victims of traumatic nerve injury and certain neurodegenerative diseases. Several strategies have been shown to induce appreciable regeneration in vivo, but the regrowth of axons through the entire optic nerve and on into the brain(More)
PURPOSE To examine whether ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) has a chemotactic effect on macrophages and whether macrophages are involved in CNTF-induced retinal ganglion cell (RGC) survival and axonal regeneration after optic nerve (ON) injury. METHODS Adult Fischer 344 rats received an autologous peripheral nerve graft onto transected ON for injured(More)
Recently we unexpectedly found that PI3K/akt, JAK/STAT and MEK/ERK pathway inhibitors enhanced retinal ganglion cell (RGC) survival after optic nerve (ON) axotomy in adult rat, a phenomenon contradictory to conventional belief that these pathways are pro-survival. In this study we showed that: (i) the RGC protection was pathway inhibition-dependent; (ii)(More)
Intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation is an important cause of glaucoma. Animal models of ocular hypertension have been widely used to mimic glaucoma to investigate the mechanisms underlying retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death and search for possible cure. The aim of the present study was to examine the role of JAK/STAT pathway in RGC viability in normal(More)
PURPOSE To examine whether adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector-mediated overexpression of growth-associated protein-43 (GAP-43) has protective or deleterious effects on retinal ganglion cell (RGC) survival in laser-induced chronic intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation injury. METHODS Adult Fischer 344 rats received unilateral intravitreal injection of(More)
The immune response after neural injury influences the survival and regenerative capacity of neurons. In the primary visual pathway, previous studies have described beneficial effects of macrophages and T-cells in promoting neural survival and axonal regeneration in some rat strains. However, the contributions of specific cell populations to these responses(More)
To investigate the effect of autologous peripheral nerve grafting on retinal ganglion cell survival and axonal regeneration after an injury, the optic nerve of adult Sprague-Dawley rats was transected and grafted with an autologous peripheral nerve from the peroneal branch of the left sciatic nerve. The numbers of both surviving and axon-regenerating(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine whether adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) mediated transfer of ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) and RhoA shRNA has additive effects on promoting the survival and axon regeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) after optic nerve crush (ONC). Silencing effects of AAV-RhoA shRNA were confirmed by examining(More)
Cataracts are a significant public health problem with no proven methods for prevention. Discovery of novel disease mechanisms to delineate new therapeutic targets is of importance in cataract prevention and therapy. Herein, we report that mutations in the RagA GTPase (RRAGA), a key regulator of the mechanistic rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), are associated(More)
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