Neuron-specific enolase and embryology of the trabecular meshwork of the rat eye: An immunohistochemical study

P. Nucci, G. Tredici, M. P. Manitto, G. Pizzini, R. Brancato

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Abstract

Neuron-specific enolase (NSE) is a unique form of the glycolytic enzyme enolase found exclusively in neurons and neuroendocrine tissues. Immunohistochemical techniques in which antineuron-specific enolase antibodies are used have made it possible to map out derivatives of the neural crest in humans. By using affinity-purified antibodies against NSE, we investigated whether the contribution of the neural crest cells to the development of the anterior ocular structures in the rat is similar to that in man. We found that filtration structures in rats show morphologically striking similarities with the analogous region of the human eye. Hence, the rat eye, with certain reservations, is a suitable model for experimental studies on ocular diseases that are characterized by chamber angle anomalies or congenital glaucoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-255
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Markers
Volume7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology

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