Apoptosis in the murine rd1 retinal degeneration is predominantly p53-independent

Mol Vis. 1998 Mar 2:4:5.


Purpose: To determine if p53 mediates apoptosis in photoreceptors of retinal degeneration, rd1, mice.

Methods: The rd1/rd1 mice were interbred with p53 null mice to generate p53-/- rd1/rd1 and p53+/+ rd1/rd1 mice. Rates of loss and incidence of apoptosis in rod photoreceptors were analyzed at appropriate ages (postnatal days 12, 14 and 16).

Results: The extent and kinetics of photoreceptor cell loss in rd1 mice were nearly indistinguishable in the p53+/+ and p53 null mice.

Conclusions: Photoreceptor cell apoptosis in the rd1 mouse model occurs by a predominantly p53-independent molecular pathway.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Aging
  • Animals
  • Apoptosis*
  • Genes, p53 / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Mice, Mutant Strains
  • Photoreceptor Cells / abnormalities
  • Photoreceptor Cells / pathology*
  • Retina / abnormalities
  • Retina / pathology*
  • Retinal Degeneration / genetics*
  • Retinal Degeneration / pathology*