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      Oxidative Damage to Lens in Culture: Reversibility by Pyruvate and Ethyl Pyruvate

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      S. Karger AG

      Oxidative stress, Cataract reversal, Pyruvate, cataract protection

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          It is generally believed that prophylactic intake of antioxidants is beneficial in delaying the onset of some aging manifestations such as cataract. However, whether such a supplementation will also be effective if the pathophysiogical process has already set in remains a largely open question. We examined this possibility with lens changes leading to cataract formation, since cataract genesis is intimately related to a continued generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the aqueous humor. Since the formation of cataract is a well-defined progressive disease, starting with an early refractive change and leading to gradual enhancement of opacification, we hypothesized that even a belated start with an appropriate anti-oxidant could halt the pathological process and delay cataract maturation and vision impairment. Using lens cultures, we tested this hypothesis with pyruvate, known to be an effective and highly potent ROS scavenger. Adding pyruvate to the culture medium after lenses had sustained a 50% damage was significantly effective in preventing progress. This was apparent by better maintenance of the active rubidium transport activity in these lenses compared to controls without pyruvate treatment. Glutathione levels were also higher in the pyruvate group.

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              Light-induced damage to ocular lens cation pump: prevention by vitamin C.

              The cation pump activity of the ocular lens was damaged by exposure to light in the presence of riboflavin phosphate. The intensity of light was similar to that used for reading purposes. The observed light-induced damage was due to superoxide or its derivatives, the superoxide being produced photochemically. Such damage was attenuated by vitamin C in amounts comparable to that in the aqueous humor. Thus, a new role for the high ascorbate level present in the anterior chamber fluid and the lens has been suggested. Ascorbate in other tissues also might have this novel physiological function of protecting against damage due to superoxide and its derivatives produced during normal cellular oxidation.

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                S. Karger AG
                December 2005
                21 December 2005
                : 220
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                : 52-57
                Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., USA
                89275 Ophthalmologica 2006;220:52–57
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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