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The 3895-bp mitochondrial DNA deletion in the human eye: a potential involvement in corneal ageing and macular degeneration.
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PMID:  23408842     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
In human skin, the 3895-bp deletion of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA(3895)) is catalysed by ultraviolet (UV) light through the generation of reactive oxygen species. Given its function in vision, the human eye is exposed to oxidising UV and blue light in its anterior (cornea, iris) and posterior (retina) structures. In this study, we employed a highly sensitive quantitative PCR technique to determine mtDNA(3895) occurrence in human eye. Our analysis shows that the mtDNA(3895) is concentrated in both the cornea and the retina. Within the cornea, the highest mtDNA(3895) level is found in the stroma, the cellular layer conferring transparency and rigidity to the human cornea. Moreover, mtDNA(3895) accumulates with age in the stroma, suggesting a role of this deletion in corneal ageing. Within the retina, mtDNA(3895) is concentrated in the macular region of both the neural retina and the retinal pigment epithelium, supporting the hypothesis that this deletion is implicated in retinal pathologies such as age-related macular degenerescence. Taken together, our results imply that UV and blue light catalyse mtDNA(3895) induction in the human eye.
Sébastien P Gendron; Nathalie Bastien; Justin D Mallet; Patrick J Rochette
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Mutagenesis     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1464-3804     ISO Abbreviation:  Mutagenesis     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8707812     Medline TA:  Mutagenesis     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  197-204     Citation Subset:  IM    
LOEX/CUO-Recherche, Centre de Recherche du CHU de Québec and Département d'Ophtalmologie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.
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