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The ciliary body in the eye secretes aqueous humor and glycoproteins of the vitreous body and maintains the intraocular pressure. The ciliary muscle controls the shape of the lens through the ciliary zonules to focus the image onto the retina. During embryonic development, the ciliary epithelium is derived from the optic vesicle, but the molecular signals(More)
The neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT) plays an important role in both the peripheral and central nervous systems. The biosynthesis of serotonin is regulated by two rate-limiting enzymes, tryptophan hydroxylase-1 and -2 (TPH1 and TPH2). We used a gene-targeting approach to generate mice with selective and complete elimination of the two known TPH isoforms.(More)
The 5-hydroxytryptamine transporter (5-HTT) regulates 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) neurotransmission by removing 5-HT from the synaptic cleft. Emerging evidence from clinical and genetic studies implicates the 5-HTT in various neuropsychiatric conditions, including anxiety and depression. Here we report that a 5-HTT null mutant mouse line was generated by(More)
The alphaA-crystallin promoter was used to target expression of bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP7) to lens fiber cells in transgenic mice. Surprisingly, lens-specific expression of BMP7 induced widespread apoptosis and rapid ablation of the neural retina in multiple families. Subsequent to retinal ablation, the lens bow region shifted posteriorly until(More)
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