Localization of acidic fibroblast growth factor in proliferative vitreoretinopathy membranes

Curr Eye Res. 1991 Aug;10(8):719-29. doi: 10.3109/02713689109013866.


The pathogenesis of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) membranes remains poorly understood. We have studied the presence of acidic fibroblast growth factor (aFGF), a potent mitogen for many cells, within these membranes. We have used affinity purified monospecific anti-aFGF polyclonal antibodies, in conjunction with highly sensitive immunofluorescence techniques. The labelling was exclusively localized to cell bodies and was absent from the extracellular matrix. Double labelling techniques revealed that all cytokeratin positive cells (probably pigmented epithelial cells) and macrophages contained aFGF-like immunoreactivity, whilst glial cells were unlabelled. Appropriate controls indicated the specificity of the antibodies. Hence, the presence of this mitogenic molecule within certain cell types constituting PVR membranes may contribute to the pathogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Extracellular Matrix / metabolism
  • Eye Diseases / metabolism
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 1 / metabolism*
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Humans
  • Keratins / metabolism
  • Pigment Epithelium of Eye / metabolism
  • Rabbits
  • Retinal Diseases / metabolism*
  • Vitreous Body / metabolism*


  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 1
  • Keratins