Novel neuroprotective strategies in ischemic retinal lesions

Krisztina Szabadfi, Laszlo Mester, Dora Reglodi, Peter Kiss, Norbert Babai, Boglarka Racz, Krisztina Kovacs, Aliz Szabo, Aliz Tamas, Robert Gabriel, Tamas Atlasz

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Retinal ischemia can be effectively modeled by permanent bilateral common carotid artery occlusion, which leads to chronic hypoperfusion-induced degeneration in the entire rat retina. The complex pathways leading to retinal cell death offer a complex approach of neuroprotective strategies. In the present review we summarize recent findings with different neuroprotective candidate molecules. We describe the protective effects of intravitreal treatment with: (i) urocortin 2; (ii) a mitochondrial ATP-sensitive K + channel opener, diazoxide; (iii) a neurotrophic factor, pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide; and (iv) a novel poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitor (HO3089). The retinoprotective effects are demonstrated with morphological description and effects on apoptotic pathways using molecular biological techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-561
Number of pages18
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - febr. 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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