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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Light damage susceptibility and RPE65 in rats.

A sequence variation in the pigment epithelial protein RPE65 has been shown to correlate with RPE65 protein levels, rhodopsin regeneration kinetics and light damage susceptibility in different mouse strains. Here, we tested whether such a correlation can also be found in rats. We examined four rat strains for RPE65 protein levels and the Rpe65 gene sequence. In two strains, we additionally determined Rpe65 mRNA levels, rhodopsin regeneration and light damage susceptibility (LDS).RPE65 protein levels were higher in Lewis and Brown Norway rats compared to Wistar and Long Evans. The albino strains Wistar and Lewis were investigated further. Lewis had higher Rpe65 mRNA levels than Wistar. Sequence analysis of the coding region of the Rpe65 cDNA revealed no relevant sequence variations in the two strains. Content and regeneration of rhodopsin were comparable in both strains. However, Wistar rats were more susceptible to light damage than Lewis. We conclude that lower RPE65 protein levels in Wistar may have been caused by decreased gene expression and not by a sequence variation as suggested for mice. In rats, RPE65 may not be a limiting factor for rhodopsin regeneration. Since LDS in rats did not directly correlate with RPE65 protein levels and rhodopsin regeneration, other yet unidentified (genetic) factors may account for the susceptibility differences observed in rats.[1]


  1. Light damage susceptibility and RPE65 in rats. Iseli, H.P., Wenzel, A., Hafezi, F., REme, C.E., Grimm, C. Exp. Eye Res. (2002) [Pubmed]
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