Disease progression in iridocorneal angle tissues of BMP2-induced ocular hypertensive mice with optical coherence tomography

Guorong Li, Sina Farsiu, Jianming Qiu, Angela Dixon, Chunwei Song, Stuart J. McKinnon, Fan Yuan, Pedro Gonzalez, W. Daniel Stamer

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Purpose: The goal of the present study was to test for the first time whether glaucomatous-like disease progression in a mouse can be assessed morphologically and functionally with spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT).

Methods: We monitored progressive changes in conventional outflow tissues of living mice overexpressing human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2), a model for glaucoma. Intraocular pressure (IOP) and outflow tissue morphology/Young's modulus were followed in mice for 36 days with rebound tonometry and SD-OCT, respectively. Results were compared to standard histological methods. Outflow facility was calculated from flow measurements with direct cannulation of anterior chambers subjected to three sequential pressure steps.

Results: Overexpression of BMP2 significantly elevated IOP in a biphasic manner over time compared to mice that overexpressed green fluorescent protein in outflow cells and naïve controls. SD-OCT revealed changes in outflow tissues overexpressing BMP2 that corresponded with the timing of the IOP phases and decreased outflow facility. In the first phase, the angle was open, but the trabecular meshwork and the cornea were thickened. OCT detected increased trabecular meshwork stiffness after provocative IOP challenges of the BMP2 eyes, which corresponded to increased collagen deposition with transmission electron microscopy. In contrast, the angle was closed in the second phase. IOP elevation over 36 days due to BMP2 overexpression resulted in significant retinal ganglion cell and axon loss.

Conclusions: Although not a feasible open-angle glaucoma model, the BMP2 mice were useful for demonstrating the utility of SD-OCT in following disease progression and differentiating between two forms of ocular pathology over time that resulted in ocular hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1695-1709
Number of pages15
JournalMolecular Vision
StatePublished - Dec 20 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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