Recapitulating developmental mechanisms for retinal regeneration

Prog Retin Eye Res. 2020 May;76:100824. doi: 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2019.100824. Epub 2019 Dec 14.


Degeneration of specific retinal neurons in diseases like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Currently, there is no therapy to modify the disease-associated degenerative changes. With the advancement in our knowledge about the mechanisms that regulate the development of the vertebrate retina, the approach to treat blinding diseases through regenerative medicine appears a near possibility. Recapitulation of developmental mechanisms is critical for reproducibly generating cells in either 2D or 3D culture of pluripotent stem cells for retinal repair and disease modeling. It is the key for unlocking the neurogenic potential of Müller glia in the adult retina for therapeutic regeneration. Here, we examine the current status and potential of the regenerative medicine approach for the retina in the backdrop of developmental mechanisms.

Keywords: Development; Disease modeling; Organoid; Pluripotent stem cells; Regeneration; Retina.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Nerve Regeneration / physiology*
  • Regenerative Medicine*
  • Retina / physiology*
  • Retinal Neurons / physiology*