Therapeutic target for retinal degeneration studied with the Phoenix MICRON™ retinal structure and function tools

In their article, “Effect of MMP-9 gene knockout on retinal vascular form and function,” George et al study the effect of knocking out a matrix protein in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa using the Phoenix MICRON™ platform including OCT, and Ganzfeld ERG. The combination of the Phoenix MICRON fundus images, OCT revealing the layers,


RPE mutations lead to retinal hypopigmentation, vasculature changes, and decreased function

In their paper, “The microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (Mitf) gene and its role in regulating eye function,” García-Llorca et al use the Phoenix MICRON™ IV to examine the outer eye appearance, retinal pigmentation, and retinal vasculature through fluorescein angiography to study several different mouse mutants. Combined with electroretinography and histology, the fundus images tell a story


Caspase-9 inhibiting eyedrops rescue physiological and functional retinal vein occlusion damage shown with Phoenix MICRON™, OCT, and focal ERG

In a recent well written, compelling article published in Nature Communications, “Endothelial activation of caspase-9 promotes neurovascular injury in retinal vein occlusion,” Avrutsky et al show that caspase-9 inhibition is a promising treatment for retinal vein occlusion. Retinal vein occlusion models hypoxic-ischemic neurovascular damage and is the second leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.


Targeting VEGF164 in Müller cells may be useful to treat retinopathy of prematurity

In Nature’s Scientific Reports, Becker et al use the Phoenix MICRON IV, OCT, and focal ERG to assess the therapeutic value of knocking down a splice variant of VEGF in Müller cells in a model of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). ROP is characterized by delayed vascularization of the retina after disrupted oxygen levels, followed by