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Activated Omental Stromal Cells Protect Against Light-Induced Retinal Injury 24 th Annual Loyola Ophthalmology Resident-Alumni/Mission Day. Evan Price, M.D., Ping Bu, M.D., Periannan Sethupathi, Ph.D., Evan Stubbs, Ph.D., Jay Perlman, M.D., Ph.D. June 14, 2013.

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Activated Omental Stromal Cells Protect Against Light-Induced Retinal Injury24th Annual Loyola Ophthalmology Resident-Alumni/Mission Day

Evan Price, M.D., Ping Bu, M.D., Periannan Sethupathi, Ph.D., Evan Stubbs, Ph.D., Jay Perlman, M.D., Ph.D.

June 14, 2013

  • To review the state of stem cell research as it pertains to ophthalmic disease
  • To understand the findings of the current study
  • To discuss the implications of the research performed and possible future areas of study
  • Retinal diseases comprise a large share of the visual morbidity in the world(1-3)
  • There is a great need for treatments of retinal disease that will restore vision that has already been lost
  • E.g., nonexudative macular degeneration(4)
  • Stem cell therapies may provide the solutions these patients have been waiting for(5-7)
    • Limbal stem cell deficiency
    • Glaucoma
    • Retinal vascular disease
    • Degenerative retinal disease
  • Sources of stem cells for retinal applications
    • Embryonic stem cells (ESCs)
    • Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)
    • Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) from umbilical cord blood or bone marrow
    • Omental stromal cells (OSCs)
  • The regenerative and immunosuppressive properties of activated omentum are an area of active research(8-11)
    • Spinal cord
    • Pancreas
    • Kidney
    • Skin
    • Lungs
our research
Our Research
  • Experimental animal study looking at the effect of activated OSCs on light-damaged mouse retinas
    • Morphology
    • Function (ERG)
  • Male BALB/c albino mice were divided into 2 groups (n=4 for each group)
    • OSC-treated group
    • Vehicle-treated group (control)
  • Performed prior to and six days after light exposure
    • Dark adapted overnight
    • Wire loop electrode in contact with the cornea(12)
    • Single-flash stimulus
    • Light injury(13)
    • 12 hours dark adaptation
    • Eyes dilated
    • 6000 lux of white light for 4 hours

Photo by Evan Price

  • Isolation of OSCs from activated mouse omentum
    • Male BALB/c albino mice
    • Intraperitoneal injection of a polydextran particle slurry
    • Omenta harvested
    • Collagenase I digestion
  • Intraperitoneal injection
  • Outcomes
    • Six days after light exposure
    • ERGs performed
    • Retinas examined histologically




results conclusions

Vehicle Pre: 445.7 ± 27.9 μV

Post: 74.2 ± 9.3 μV

OSC Pre: 477.6 ± 6.6 μV

Post: 127.2 ± 16.4 μV

Vehicle Pre: 980.4 ± 54.5 μV

Post: 164.8 ± 37.3 μV

OSC Pre: 1023.1 ± 62.6 μV

Post: 323.2 ± 44.6 μV




limitations future directions
Limitations/Future Directions
  • Sample size
  • Amount of light exposure
  • Route of injection
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