Relationship between mitochondrial DNA damage and photoreceptor death in developing and adult retina, assessed in normal and degenerative rat strains

Arturo Bravo-Nuevo, Neal Kenneth Williams, Krisztina Valter, Jonathan Stone

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In this study, we used Real-Time PCR to study the correlation of mtDNA deletions and photoreceptor death by apoptosis in one normal (SD) and two different degenerative (RCS and P23H) rat strains. Our results show that, in the SD and RCS strains, mtDNA deletion frequency increased and fell during neonatal life, correlating with rates of photoreceptor death during the critical period of photoreceptor development, and into adulthood. Results suggest that mitochondrial damage occurs in close association with photoreceptor death, in the normal (SD) and fast degenerative (RCS) retinas. The lack of a similar association was observed in the slowly degenerative P23H-3 strain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340 - 346
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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