Thrombospondin-1-mediated regulation of microglia activation after retinal injury.
ABSTRACT Thrombospondin (TSP)-1 has been demonstrated to play a vital role in immune privilege. The functional phenotype of ocular antigen-presenting cells that contributes to the immune privilege status of the eye is dependent on their expression of TSP-1. Microglia, the local antigen-presenting cells in the retina, undergo rapid activation in response to injury and have the ability to produce both proinflammatory and regenerative neurotrophic factors. In this study, the authors examined TSP-1 as a potential regulator of these phenotype of microglia activated in response to retinal injury.
Expression of markers associated with activated microglia were examined by immunofluorescent staining and semiquantitative real-time PCR analysis of retina derived from WT or TSP-1 null mice at various time intervals after light- or laser-induced retinal injury.
In the absence of TSP-1, microglia in uninjured retina express major histocompatibility complex class II and migrate to the outer layers of the retina. Constitutively increased expression of activated microglia-derived inflammatory molecules such as TNF-alpha and iNOS is detectable in TSP-1 null retina compared with WT controls. After both light-induced and laser-induced retinal injury, enhanced migration of microglia is detected in TSP-1 null retina, and these microglia express markers associated with a proinflammatory phenotype. Compared with WT retina, TSP-1 null retina fails to recover from the laser-induced injury, resulting in irreversible damage.
TSP-1 supports an anti-inflammatory phenotype of microglia in the retina and promotes recovery from injury.
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ABSTRACT: Human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs) are present in adult adipose tissue and have been reported to secrete various factors that have neuroprotective effects. In the present study, we examined whether hASC-conditioned medium (hASC-CM) was effective against experimental degenerative retinal disease. Mature adipocytes (MAs) and hASCs were isolated from human subcutaneous adipose tissue. The isolated hASCs were identified based on their capacity for bone and neural differentiation. The effects of hASC-CM against tunicamycin-, H2O2-, and light-induced retinal photoreceptor damage were evaluated in vitro by measuring cell death. Moreover, we identified various factors present in hASC-CM using antibody arrays. Retinal damage induced in mice by exposure to white light was studied in vivo, and photoreceptor damage was evaluated according to the thickness of the outer nuclear layer and electroretinography results. In addition, the effect of hASC-CM on Akt phosphorylation at Ser473was confirmed by western blotting. Finally, the effects of the secreted proteins identified in the hASC-CM on light-induced damage were evaluated in vivo. Isolated hASCs differentiated to osteocytes and neurons. hASC-CM protected against tunicamycin-, H2O2-, and light-induced cell death. In addition, hASC-CM inhibited photoreceptor degeneration and retinal dysfunction after exposure to light. Several proteins secreted by hASCs, such as the tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) and the secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC), protected against light-induced damage in vitro and in vivo. The results of the present study showed that hASC-CM has neuroprotective effects against light-induced retinal damage and suggest that hASCs have a therapeutic potential in retinal degenerative diseases via their secreted proteins, without requiring transplantation.Experimental Eye Research 09/2013; · 3.03 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Purpose To determine the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the thrombospondin 1 (THBS1) gene with development of chronic ocular surface inflammation (keratoconjunctivitis) after refractive surgery. Design Retrospective cohort study. Participants Active duty U.S. Army soldiers (n = 143) who opted for refractive surgery. Methods Conjunctival impression cytology samples collected from participants before the surgery were used to harvest DNA for genotyping 5 THBS1 SNPs (rs1478604, rs2228262, rs2292305, rs2228262, and rs3743125) using the Sequenom iPLEX Gold platform (Sequenom, San Diego, CA). Samples collected after surgery were used to harvest RNA for gene expression analysis by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Participants were followed for 1 year after surgery to monitor the status of keratoconjunctivitis. Main Outcome Measures Genetic basis of the development of chronic keratoconjunctivitis after refractive surgery. Results Carriers of minor alleles of 3 SNPs each were found to be more susceptible to developing chronic keratoconjunctivitis (rs1478604: odds ratio [OR], 2.5; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.41–4.47; P = 2.5×10−3; rs2228262 and rs2292305: OR, 1.9; 95% CI, 1.05–3.51; P = 4.8×10−2). Carriers of the rs1478604 minor allele expressed significantly reduced levels of thrombospondin 1 (TSP1) (P = 0.042) and increased levels of an inflammatory cytokine associated with keratoconjunctivitis, interleukin-1β (P = 0.025), in their ocular surface epithelial cells compared with homozygous major allele controls. Conclusions Genetic variation in the THBS1 gene that results in decreased expression of the encoded glycoprotein TSP1 in ocular surface epithelial cells significantly increases the susceptibility to develop chronic ocular surface inflammation after refractive surgery. Further investigation of THBS1 SNPs in a larger sample size is warranted.Ophthalmology 01/2014; · 5.56 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Abstract Thrombospondins are a family of large multi-domain glycoproteins described as matricelluar proteins based on their ability to interact with a broad range of receptors, matrix molecules, growth factors or proteases, and to modulate array of cellular functions including intracellular signaling, proliferation and migration. Two members of the thrombospondin family, thrombospondin 1 (TSP-1) and thrombospondin 2 (TSP-2) are studied extensively to determine their structure and function. While expressed at low levels in normal adult tissues, their increased expression is seen predominantly in response to cellular perturbations. Despite structural similarities, a notable functional difference between TSP-1 and TSP-2 includes the ability of former to activate of latent TGF-β and its competitive inhibition by the latter. Both these thrombospondins are reported to play important roles in TGF-β rich ocular environment with most reports related to TSP-1. They are expressed by many ocular cell types and detectable in the aqueous and vitreous humor. TSP-1 and TSP-2 influence many cellular interactions in the eye such as angiogenesis, cell migration, wound healing, TGF-β activation and regulation of inflammatory immune responses. Together, these processes are known to contribute to the immune privilege status of the eye. Emerging roles of TSP-1 and TSP-2 in ocular functions and pathology are reviewed here.Current eye research 02/2014; · 1.51 Impact Factor