Microglia respond to neurological injury but the precise way they help to clear and remodel the injuries is not known. In their paper, “Optic nerve as a source of activated retinal microglia post-injury,” Heuss et al investigate a population of microglia-like cells that proliferate in the retina after an optic nerve injury. They identify GFPhi myeloid
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.
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
In the recently published review, “Mouse Models of Inherited Retinal Degeneration with Photoreceptor Cell Loss,” researchers from The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine and Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand performed an extensive literature search to find mouse models of single-gene mutations leading to photoreceptor loss and retinal degeneration. Using the Phoenix MICRON III and
As much of the world enacts restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19, we thought we’d share something a little different than our usual highlight of Phoenix MICRON research. Ivan Seah and Rupesh Agrawal recently published a review on the ocular implications of coronaviruses. Not much is known about ocular infection or transmission of the
Novel comparison of retina and brain vasculature leads to stunning Phoenix MICRON images of fluorescent brain blood vessels The Phoenix MICRON imaging platform produces stunning images of fluorescent retinal vasculature through fluorescein angiography but for the first time, researchers have also captured beautiful images of cortical brain vasculature. Hui et al, in their well-written and