We described the possibility of retinal regeneration using a novel and efficient technique for culturing and separating retinal stem/progenitor cells from iris tissue. Immunohistochemical staining of adult agouti mouse iris tissue revealed the presence of nestin/low-affinity neurotrophin receptor p75 (p75NTR)-positive cells on the endothelium camerae anterioris side. Cultured mouse iris-derived cells contained little or no melanin and were found to be positive for nestin. Most nestin-positive cells were analyzed for the coexpression of p75NTR as a cell membrane protein. When the p75 NTR was used as a marker to sort the cells, we obtained a dense population of nestin-positive cells. Furthermore, the nestin/p75 NTR-positive cells were able to differentiate into neural retina cells. Thus, this culture and separation technique is useful for obtaining retinal stem/progenitor cells from adult mouse iris tissue and for the efficient production of neural retina cells.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Molecular Biology