Author(s): Sharma RK, Ehinger B
Abstract Share this page
Abstract The MIB-1 antibody against a nuclear protein Ki-67 was used to study the proliferation of cells in the rabbit retinal transplants. Fragmented pieces of embryonic day 15 rabbit retinas were transplanted into the subretinal space of adult rabbits and allowed to survive for different times. Fragmented donor tissue starts organizing in rosettes 1 day after transplantation. The transplanted cells continue to proliferate in the host eye and their pattern of proliferation resembles that of normal developing retina, suggesting that the factors responsible for the proliferation pattern are preserved after transplantation. The dividing cells in metaphase line up in the luminal layers of the rosettes. Certain cells become postmitotic in the regions corresponding to the inner retina first, followed by the cells in the luminal layers of rosettes. Cells in the regions between the rosettes, corresponding to the inner nuclear layer, presumably the Müller cells, proliferate significantly for the equivalent age of postnatal day 2. Few cells in these regions proliferate for at least the equivalent age of postnatal day 11 in transplants. There is a layer of nonproliferating, degenerating cells in the transplant situated close to the host retina. However, some cells in this layer, situated at the host-graft interface, proliferate. These cells proliferate for a long time possibly indicating gliosis.
This article was published in Cell Transplant
and referenced in Cell & Developmental Biology