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Fundus autofluorescence (FAF) non-invasively identifies chorioretinal toxicity in a rat model of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) damage.

Journal of pharmacological and toxicological methods (2014-09-10)
David Sung Hyeon Baek, Huiyuan Liang, Xu Zhao, Natalie Pankova, Hai Wang, Shelley Boyd
ABSTRACT

Traditional methods of pre-clinical ocular toxicology require that multiple cohorts of animals be sacrificed over time for terminal histological analysis. By contrast, in vivo techniques capable of following the same cohort prospectively have the potential to be efficient and cost-saving. We therefore asked if fundus autofluorescence (FAF), a non-invasive imaging technique, could detect damage to the posterior pole. Results were compared against electroretinography (ERG), another in vivo technique. The systemic toxin sodium iodate (NaIO3) was used to induce retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) damage. FAF images (488/510nm excitation/emission) were obtained using a commercially available confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope (cSLO; Heidelberg, HRAII) and were described qualitatively and quantitatively. NaIO3, over a dose range of 5 to 45mg/kg, or saline, was injected via tail vein in 6-10week old Sprague Dawley rats, and FAF images obtained at baseline and days 3, 7 and 14 thereafter and compared against the ERG response amplitude. Compared against baseline, there was no change in the FAF or ERG responses in the control, 5 or 15mg/kg NaIO3 groups. At 30mg/kg, responses fell into two groups. Half the animals developed small patches of abnormal FAF with modest reductions in the ERG amplitude; the other half developed large areas of damage and had severely reduced ERG responses. At 45mg/kg, all eyes developed extensive areas of abnormal FAF and the ERG was non- or minimally recordable. The en face size of the FAF patches was inversely correlated with the b-wave amplitude. This study demonstrates that FAF can detect chorioretinal toxicity in vivo in the rat eye, and that the findings correlate with the ERG. Such in vivo testing can enhance the detection of ocular toxicity.

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