Microarray analysis of fiber cell maturation in the lens

FEBS Lett. 2005 Feb 14;579(5):1213-9. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2005.01.016. Epub 2005 Jan 21.


The mammalian lens consists of an aged core of quiescent cells enveloped by layers of mature fully elongated cells and younger, continuously elongating transcriptionally active cells. The fiber cell maturation is initiated when fiber cells cease to elongate. The process of maturation represents a radical switch from active elongation to a life-long quiescence and has not been studied previously. It may also include critical stages of preparation for the organelle removal and denucleation. In the present study, we used laser capture microdisection (LCM) microdissection and RNA amplification to compare global gene expression profiles of young elongating and mature, non-elongating fiber cells. Analysis of microarray data from three independent dye-swap experiments identified 65 differentially expressed genes (FDR<0.1) with greater than 2-fold change in expression levels. Microarray array results for a group of randomly selected genes were confirmed by quantitative RT-PCR. These microarray results provide clues to understanding the molecular pathways underlying lens development. The identified changes in the profile of gene expression reflected a shift in cell physiology characterizing the lens fiber maturation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation*
  • Lens, Crystalline / cytology*
  • Lens, Crystalline / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis*
  • RNA, Messenger / analysis
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • Reproducibility of Results


  • RNA, Messenger