Novel insight into the inflammatory and cellular responses following experimental glaucoma surgery: a roadmap for inhibiting fibrosis

Curr Mol Med. 2013 Jul;13(6):911-28. doi: 10.2174/15665240113139990021.


Failure after glaucoma filtration surgery is attributed to fibrosis at the operated site. To understand the wound healing process after glaucoma filtration surgery, we have developed a mouse model for glaucoma filtration surgery which closely mimics the clinical response. In this study, we describe a systematic analysis of the wound healing response in vivo. Our data revealed that the post-surgical tissue response was separable into two distinguishable phases. The early "acute inflammatory" phase was characterized by significantly increased transcript expression of Vegfa, Cxcl1, Cxcl5, Ccl2, Ccl3, Ccl4, Gmcsf and specific Mmps as well as greater infiltration of monocytes/macrophages and T cells. The late "fibrotic" phase was characterized by an increased expression of Tgfb2 and extracellular matrix genes as well as a notable reduction of infiltrating inflammatory cells. Significantly, more mitotic cells were observed at both time points post-surgery. Subconjunctival fibroblasts may be involved in both phases since they have the capacity to reiterate the in vivo gene expression profiles upon either pro-inflammatory or pro-fibrotic cytokine stimulation. Given that the cellular and molecular targets that govern the early and late phases of wound healing are distinct and time sensitive, a multi-targeted therapeutic approach to sequentially inhibit inflammation and fibrogenesis at the critical time point may lead to improved surgical outcomes in glaucoma filtration surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chemokines / genetics
  • Chemokines / metabolism
  • Conjunctiva / pathology
  • Extracellular Matrix / genetics
  • Extracellular Matrix / metabolism
  • Eye / pathology*
  • Fibroblasts / metabolism
  • Fibroblasts / pathology
  • Fibrosis
  • Filtering Surgery*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Glaucoma / pathology*
  • Glaucoma / surgery*
  • Inflammation / pathology*
  • Inflammation Mediators / metabolism
  • Leukocytes / metabolism
  • Matrix Metalloproteinases / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mitosis
  • Neovascularization, Physiologic / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Up-Regulation / genetics
  • Wound Healing / genetics


  • Chemokines
  • Inflammation Mediators
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Matrix Metalloproteinases