Differential Protein Expression Profiles in Glaucomatous Trabecular Meshwork: An Evaluation Study on a Small Primary Open Angle Glaucoma Population

Alessandra Micera, Luciano Quaranta, Graziana Esposito, Irene Claudia Floriani, Augusto Pocobelli, Sergio Claudio Saccà, Ivano Riva, Gianluca Manni, Francesco Oddone

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Introduction: Primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) is a progressive optic neuropathy characterized by impaired aqueous outflow and extensive remodeling in the trabecular meshwork (TM). The aim of this study was to characterize and compare the expression patterns of selected proteins belonging to the tissue remodeling, inflammation and growth factor pathways in ex vivo glaucomatous and post-mortem TMs using protein-array analysis. Methods: TM specimens were collected from 63 white subjects, including 40 patients with glaucoma and 23 controls. Forty POAG TMs were collected at the time of surgery and 23 post-mortem specimens were from non-glaucomatous donor sclerocorneal tissues. Protein profiles were evaluated using a chip-based array consisting of 60 literature-selected antibodies. Results: A different expression of some factors was observed in POAG TMs with respect to post-mortem specimens, either in abundance (interleukin [IL]10, IL6, IL5, IL7, IL12, IL3, macrophage inflammatory protein [MIP]1δ/α, vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF], transforming growth factor beta 1 [TGFβ1], soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor I [sTNFRI]) or in scarcity (IL16, IL18, intercellular adhesion molecule 3 [ICAM3], matrix metalloproteinase-7 [MMP7], tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 1 [TIMP1]). MMP2, MMP7, TGFβ1, and VEGF expressions were confirmed by Western blot, zymography, and polymerase chain reaction. No difference in protein profile expression was detected between glaucomatous subtypes. Conclusion: The analysis of this small TM population highlighted some proteins linked to POAG, some previously reported and others of new detection (IL7, MIPs, sTNFαRI). A larger POAG population is required to select promising disease-associated biomarker candidates. Funding: This study was partially supported by the Fondazione Roma, the Italian Ministry of Health and the “National 5xMille 2010 tax donation to IRCCS-G.B. Bietti Foundation”.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-267
Number of pages16
JournalAdvances in Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016


  • Extracellular matrix
  • Intraocular pressure
  • Primary open angle glaucoma
  • Trabecular meshwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Medicine(all)


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