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By E. Lütjen-Drecoll

The phenomenon of getting older is characterised through quite a few degenerative alterations, which differentially impact the hugely really good constructions in the eye, reminiscent of the in simple terms mobile lens, the brain-derived retina and the connective tissue of the uvea and sclera. for that reason, the attention can function a very good version approach to check age-related degenerative illnesses. an summary article bargains with the molecular biology of alpha-B-crystallin, and unique articles provide additional perception into the distribution and attainable sensible importance of nonlenticular alpha-B-crystallin. Retinal transplantation reviews that could finally bring about treatment for tapetoretinal degeneration and age-related macular degeneration are mentioned. extra, components that impression the improvement of the retinal tissues are investigated. And one other evaluation examines cells of the deep lens fibers. This targeted factor is an in-depth resource of data to ophthalmologists in learn and perform.

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In contrast, ß-agonists such as isoproterenol significantly relaxed the tissue precontracted by carbachol, an effect that could be blocked by metipranolol. Application of a blocker on the unstimulated tissue had no effect [31]. In the concentration used to reduce intraocular pressure (10 –4 to 10 –3 mol/l), epinephrine contracted strips of Regulation of Trabecular Meshwork Contractility trabecular meshwork. Additional application of metipranolol, a ß-blocker, further increased trabecular meshwork tone, indicating blockage of the relaxing effect of the ßcomponent of epinephrine.

Statistically, no significant differences emerged between the species, either in the absolute levels of out- 46 Ophthalmologica 2000;214:33–53 ward current or in the contribution of the maxi-K channel to this current. Current voltage relationships were also identical. In human trabecular meshwork cells, elevation of cytosolic calcium by applying the calcium ionophore (10 –5 mmol/l) led to a dramatic increase in the total outward current to 645 B 45% (ppaired ! 005, n = 3, V = 80 mV) of the original value; charybdotoxin blocked 37 B 6% (ppaired !

This biphasic response is well known from other preparations of smooth muscle tissue [35, 99, 100]. The initial peak is thought to be due to a release of calcium from cytosolic stores via an established second-messenger pathway involving G proteins and inositol triphosphate. The subsequent plateau phase is due to calcium influx from the outside through various, tissue-dependent influx pathways [26]. In trabecular meshwork, these include voltage-dependent calcium channels [101, 103]. Thus, an increase in cytosolic calcium could be obtained by depolarization with highpotassium solution and by application of a specific opener of L-type calcium channels, Bay K 8644 [103].

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