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Cryostat sections of rat descending colon were studied by fluorescence microscopy after exposure to conjugates of fluorescein isothicoyanate with lectins from Glycine max (soybean), Triticum vulgaris (wheat germ), Ricinus communis (castor bean), Ulex europaeus, (gorse), Dolichos biflorus (horse gram) and Canavalia ensiformis (concanavalin A) (Jack bean). No(More)
The permeability of retinal capillaries in RCS rats with inherited retinal degeneration was investigated with horseradish peroxidase used as a tracer. Five-week-old rats showed typical degeneration of photoreceptor cells and accumulation of outer segment debris, but retinal capillaries were not permeable to peroxidase. At 10 weeks of age, capillaries in the(More)
A breakdown in the blood-retinal barrier to certain proteins is described in mutant RCS rats with inherited retinal degeneration. Intravenously injected microperoxidase and horseradish peroxidase are extravasated from the outer (but not inner) retinal capillaries of these rats, at approximately 11 weeks of age and older. The number of affected capillaries(More)
The distribution of anionic (negatively charged) groups on the surface of retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE), rod photoreceptor cells (RP) and discarded rod outer segments (R0S) was studied by labeling these groups with cationic ferritin (CF) at different pH values. In normal neonatal rats, characteristic CF binding patterns were observed on the RPE(More)
Four acid hydrolase activities are demonstrable by light microscopy in pigment epithelial cell lysosomes of rats (Royal College of Surgeons--RCS) with inherited retinal dystrophy and in control (Fischer) rats. The enzymes include acid phosphatase, aryl sulfatase, N-acetyl-beta-glucosaminidase, and esterase activities. No marked differences are observed in(More)
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