1Omics Laboratory, University of Iowa, 2Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa, 3Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Skeie, J. M., Tsang, S. H., Mahajan, V. B. Evisceration of Mouse Vitreous and Retina for Proteomic Analyses. J. Vis. Exp. (50), e2795, doi:10.3791/2795 (2011).
While the mouse retina has emerged as an important genetic model for inherited retinal disease, the mouse vitreous remains to be explored. The vitreous is a highly aqueous extracellular matrix overlying the retina where intraocular as well as extraocular proteins accumulate during disease.1-3 Abnormal interactions between vitreous and retina underlie several diseases such as retinal detachment, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, and proliferative vitreoretinopathy.1,4 The relative mouse vitreous volume is significantly smaller than the human vitreous (Figure 1), since the mouse lens occupies nearly 75% of its eye.5 This has made biochemical studies of mouse vitreous challenging. In this video article, we present a technique to dissect and isolate the mouse vitreous from the retina, which will allow use of transgenic mouse models to more clearly define the role of this extracellular matrix in the development of vitreoretinal diseases.
1. Anterior segment dissection.
2. Lens evisceration.
3. Retina evisceration.
4. Filtered centrifugation.
5. Representative Results
Vitreous samples were analyzed by SDS-PAGE (Figure 2). Samples were also used for an enzymatic activity assay (Figure 3).
Figure 1. Mouse eye diagram. Cross-sectional schematic of the human and mouse eye shows the relative smaller vitreous volume in the mouse eye due to its larger lens.
Figure 2. One-dimensional SDS-PAGE of mouse vitreous and retina. Protein profiles of mouse vitreous, 13.6 mg/mL (lane 1), and retina, 11.35 mg/mL (lane 2). Gel electrophoresis was performed at 150 kV for 45 minutes, stained with Flamingo fluorescent gel stain and visualized using a VersaDoc Imaging system (BioRad, Hercules, CA).
Figure 3. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme activity in the mouse and human vitreous. Measurement of total SOD activity (SOD activity colorimetric aasay kit, #AB65354, Abcam, Inc, Cambridge, MA) was performed on vitreous and retina collected by evisceration from DBA and albino mice. This was compared to SOD activity in human vitreous core and human retina collected from post-mortem human donor eyes to determine relative activity. Undiluted vitreous core samples were manually aspirated using a 23-gauge needle, 11 and retina was collected by flowering the eye and cutting the tissue away from the RPE/choroid complex. Although the assay does not distinguish between SOD isoforms, the vitreous SOD activity is likely to reflect SOD3, since it is the only extracellular isoform.12 The retina SOD activity is likely to reflect all three SOD isoforms: intracellular SOD1, mitochondrial SOD2, and extracellular SOD3. 12 For highly sensitive enzymatic assays, including this SOD assay, the possibility of cross-contamination of proteins is possible and requires further study. Error bars represent SEM.
Transgenic mice are an important model for investigating retinal and vitreoretinal disease.6-10 The mouse vitreous body, however, comprises a significantly smaller proportion of the eye in comparison to the human vitreous due to the large lens in the mouse eye.5 This makes it difficult to isolate and purify the mouse vitreous. Understanding the protein changes associated with the vitreous during diseases such as proliferative diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, uveitis, and retinal detachment will give insight into the mechanisms by which they progress. This visualized experimental protocol provides a means to obtain and purify the mouse vitreous body, while maximizing the protein yield for enzymatic and proteomic analyses.
Experiments on animals were performed in accordance with the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology statement for the Use of Animals in Ophthalmic and Vision Research.
Funding was provided by Fight for Sight and Research to Prevent Blindness.
|15°, BD Beaver Microsurgical Blade||BD Biosciences||374881|
|PBS, pH 7.4||Invitrogen||70011-044|
|0.22 Fine-Castroviejo Suturing Forceps||Storz Ophthalmics||E1805|
|0.12 Colibri forceps||Storz Ophthalmics||2/132|
|Microcon Centrifugal FilterUltracel YM-100 or YM-50||EMD Millipore||42412, 42415|
|SOD Activity Colorimetric Assay Kit||Abcam||Ab65354|
|Weck-Cel surgical spears||Medtronic Inc.||0008680|
|Protease inhibitor cocktail||Roche Group||11 836 170 001|
|Flamingo fluorescent gel stain||Bio-Rad||161-04910|