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      Intraretinal Immunohistochemistry Findings in Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy with Retinal Shortening


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          To report the major intraretinal pathological changes in retinas with proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) and retinal shortening, 13 human retinal samples from postoperative PVR after primary surgery for retinal detachment were immunostained for vimentin, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), cytokeratins, and CD68. One more sample was studied with electron microscopy. Retinal disorganization, neuronal loss, and gliosis were observed in 12 out of 13 samples, but all 13 were positive for GFAP. Müller cell processes showed different degrees of intermediate filament hyperplasia. CD68-positive cells were present in 11 of 13 retinal samples. Conclusion: A gliotic response plays a major role in retinal shortening in PVR. In addition, the presence of macrophage-like cells in retinal tissues suggests a possible role of these cells in the pathogenesis of this variety of PVR.

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              Glial remodeling and neural plasticity in human retinal detachment with proliferative vitreoretinopathy.

              To investigate glial remodeling and neuronal plasticity in adult human retinal detachment complicated by proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) and to grade pathologic changes with a severity scoring system. Sixteen full-thickness retinectomy specimens obtained at retinal relaxing surgery for PVR were fixed in 4% paraformaldehyde immediately after excision and compared to similarly processed normal donor retinas. Agarose-embedded sections (100-microm-thick) were double labeled for immunohistochemistry by confocal microscopy, with antibodies against rod opsin and GFAP; vimentin and M/L-cone opsin; calbindin D and S-cone opsin; and cytochrome oxidase and synaptophysin. These staining patterns formed the basis of a retinal pathology scoring system, and immunohistochemistry was also used to detect CD68, neurofilaments, protein kinase C, growth-associated protein-43, and a pan-cone-specific enzymatic marker. Morphology was also assessed by light microscopy of resin-embedded semithin sections. Prolonged detachment was characterized by photoreceptor degeneration and intracellular redistribution of opsin proteins to the plasma membrane in the outer nuclear layer (ONL). Remodeling of rod synaptic terminals was characterized by terminal retraction and also by axon extension to the inner retina in most specimens. Rod bipolar cell dendrites extended into the ONL, as did fine, horizontal cell processes. Large ganglion cells showed upregulated neurofilament and GAP-43 expression, with neurites sprouting from somata and axon collaterals. Anti-cytochrome oxidase labeling of surviving inner segments was reduced but detectable in all specimens, as was anti-calbindin D labeling of horizontal and amacrine cells. All specimens demonstrated a marked upregulation of Muller cell and astrocyte expression of GFAP and vimentin. More severe degenerative changes correlated with trauma and prolonged detachment duration when scored according to this system. The neural and glial components of detached neurosensory retina complicated by PVR exhibit pathology that changes characteristically with increasing detachment severity. Even in advanced degeneration, most of the structural motifs necessary for functional recovery are retained. Evidence of remodeling in the first-, second-, and third-order neurons of detached adult human retina may represent an attempt to re-establish synaptic connectivity.

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                Ophthalmic Res
                Ophthalmic Research
                S. Karger AG
                August 2006
                10 August 2006
                : 38
                : 4
                : 193-200
                aGrupo de Retina, Instituto Universitario de Oftalmobiología Aplicada (IOBA), bRegistro de Patología Ocular ‘Miguel N. Burnier’, IOBA, cDepartamento de Biología Celular, Histología y Farmacología, Instituto de Neurociencias de Castilla y León, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, y dServicio de Oftalmología, Hospital Vall de Hebrón, Barcelona, España
                93070 Ophthalmic Res 2006;38:193–200
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                : 15 June 2005
                : 11 January 2006
                Page count
                Figures: 2, Tables: 2, References: 32, Pages: 8
                Original Paper

                Vision sciences,Ophthalmology & Optometry,Pathology
                Retinal gliosis,Proliferative vitreoretinopathy,Retinal shortening


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