A perspective of gene therapy in the glaucomas.

PubMed ID: 10416752

Author(s): Kaufman PL, Jia WW, Tan J, Chen Z, Gabelt BT, Booth V, Tufaro F, Cynader M. A perspective of gene therapy in the glaucomas. Surv Ophthalmol. 1999 Jun;43 Suppl 1:S91-7. PMID 10416752

Journal: Survey Of Ophthalmology, Volume 43 Suppl 1, Jun 1999

Gene therapy in the anterior and posterior segment tissues may have the potential to favorably influence aqueous hydrodynamics and retinal ganglion cell biology, thereby preventing, delaying, or minimizing glaucomatous damage to the optic nerve. We demonstrated the feasibility of using a herpes viral vector (ribonucleotide reductase defective HSV-1, hrR3) to deliver the lacZ reporter gene to living cat and rat eyes. Cats received injections into the anterior chamber and rats into the vitreous cavity. In cats, lacZ expression was detectable at 1 to 2 days in the anterior outer portion of the ciliary muscle and the lining of the intertrabecular spaces of the corneoscleral and uveal meshwork. Rat eyes showed lacZ expression in the retinal pigment epithelium and photoreceptor outer segments 2 days after injection.