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The effect of postmortem time, donor age and sex on the generation of neurospheres from adult human retina.
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PMID:  17522149     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND/AIM: Postmortem adult human retina contains pluripotent progenitor cells capable of forming neurospheres with different retinal cell types. The authors examine whether this is the case at all ages and at different postmortem times.
METHODS: Adult human postmortem retina-derived cell suspensions generated neurospheres in fibroblast growth factor 2 and N2 supplement. The yield of neurospheres from limited dilution or single cell cultures is very low so the authors studied cells generated per 10(5) viable cells from a cell suspension derived from whole retina. Retinal tissue from donors aged 18-91 at various postmortem times (between 23-44 h) was studied in the context of generation rate and time for neurospheres.
RESULTS: The potential to generate neurospheres from adult human retina remains throughout life. Neurosphere cellular components were not affected by donor age or postmortem time (they contained nestin(+), glial fibrillary acidic protein(+) and neurofilament(+) cells). An average of 34.36 neurospheres were generated per 10(5) viable cells. After a few days in culture neurospheres begin to form. The time for this to occur was independent of donor age but prolonged at longer postmortem times. No significant effect of donor sex was found.
CONCLUSION: Neurosphere-forming retinal progenitor cells are found in adult human retina throughout life. This cell population is a potential target for therapeutic intervention to influence repair and regeneration of the retina.
Debra A Carter; Eric J Mayer; Andrew D Dick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-05-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of ophthalmology     Volume:  91     ISSN:  0007-1161     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Ophthalmol     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-21     Completed Date:  2007-10-04     Revised Date:  2013-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0421041     Medline TA:  Br J Ophthalmol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1216-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Sciences South Bristol, University of Bristol, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aging / pathology
Cell Culture Techniques
Middle Aged
Pluripotent Stem Cells / cytology*
Retina / cytology*
Sex Factors
Spheroids, Cellular*
Time Factors
Tissue Donors

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