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Goel, Manvi and Dhingra, Narender K (2021) Bfgf and Insulin Lead to Migration of Muller Glia to Photoreceptor Layer in Rd1 Mouse Retina. Neurosci Lett, 135936.

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Müller glia can act as endogenous stem cells and regenerate the missing neurons in the injured or degenerating retina in lower vertebrates. However, mammalian Müller glia, although can sometimes express stem cell markers and specific neuronal proteins in response to injury or degeneration, do not differentiate into functional neurons. We asked whether bFGF and insulin would stimulate the Müller glia to migrate, proliferate and differentiate into photoreceptors in rd1 mouse. We administered single or repeated (two or three) intravitreal injections of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF;200 μg) and insulin (2 μg) in 2-week-old rd1 mice. Müller glia were checked for proliferation, migration and differentiation using immunostaining. A single injection resulted within 5 days in a decrease in the numbers of Müller glia in the inner nuclear layer (INL) and a corresponding increase in the outer nuclear layer (ONL). The total number of Müller glia in the INL and ONL was unaltered, suggesting that they did not proliferate, but migrated from INL to ONL. However, maintaining the Müller cells in the ONL for two weeks or longer required repeated injections of bFGF and insulin. Interestingly, all Müller cells in the ONL expressed chx10, a stem cell marker. We did not find any immunolabeling for rhodopsin, m-opsin or s-opsin in the Müller glia in the ONL.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Neurodegenerative Disorders
Neuro-Oncological Disorders
Neurocognitive Processes
Neuronal Development and Regeneration
Informatics and Imaging
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Depositing User: Dr. D.D. Lal
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2021 05:31
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2021 10:10
URI: http://nbrc.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/757

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