Expression of thromboxane synthase and the thromboxane-prostanoid receptor in the mouse and rat retina

Exp Eye Res. 2009 Oct;89(4):532-7. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2009.05.008. Epub 2009 Jun 11.


Experimental models of the diabetic retina have suggested a pathological role for thromboxane. To date however, little information is available as to the cellular locations of retinal thromboxane synthase (TxS), or its receptor, even in non-diabetic controls. In this study, C57BL/6 mice and Wistar rats were injected with streptozotocin to induce diabetes, or with buffer for non-diabetic controls. Four weeks following the injection, eyes were enucleated and labeled for TxS and the thromboxane-prostanoid (TP) receptor. Immunofluorescent intensity was quantified in the ganglion cell plus inner plexiform layers, inner nuclear layer, outer plexiform layer, outer nuclear layer, and photoreceptor inner segment. Even in control mice and rats, all layers of the retina showed immunoreactivity for TxS and the TP receptor: however, the pattern of expression demonstrated an inverse relationship, with the highest TxS staining in the inner retina, and the highest TP receptor staining in the outer retina (more specifically, in the photoreceptor inner segment). Four weeks of hyperglycemia did not increase the retinal levels of TxS or TP receptor; however, TP receptor intensities in the outer retina of diabetic rats were highly variable (mostly high but some low), with no values from the photoreceptor inner segment in the same range as obtained from controls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental / metabolism*
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / metabolism*
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Receptors, Thromboxane / metabolism*
  • Retina / metabolism*
  • Thromboxane-A Synthase / metabolism*


  • Receptors, Thromboxane
  • Thromboxane-A Synthase