Pou4f1 and Pou4f2 are dispensable for the long-term survival of adult retinal ganglion cells in mice

Liang Huang, Fang Hu, Xiaoling Xie, Jeffery Harder, Kimberly Fernandes, Xiang Yun Zeng, Richard Libby, Lin Gan

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Purpose: To investigate the role of Pou4f1 and Pou4f2 in the survival of adult retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Methods: Conditional alleles of Pou4f1 and Pou4f2 were generated (Pou4f1loxP and Pou4f2loxP respectively) for the removal of Pou4f1 and Pou4f2 in adult retinas. A tamoxifen-inducible Cre was used to delete Pou4f1 and Pou4f2 in adult mice and retinal sections and flat mounts were subjected to immunohistochemistry to confirm the deletion of both alleles and to quantify the changes in the number of RGCs and other retinal neurons. To determine the effect of loss of Pou4f1 and Pou4f2 on RGC survival after axonal injury, controlled optic nerve crush (CONC) was performed and RGC death was assessed. Results: Pou4f1 and Pou4f2 were ablated two weeks after tamoxifen treatment. Retinal interneurons and Mü ller glial cells are not affected by the ablation of Pou4f1 or Pou4f2 or both. Although the deletion of both Pou4f1 and Pou4f2 slightly delays the death of RGCs at 3 days post-CONC in adult mice, it does not affect the cell death progress afterwards. Moreoever, deletion of Pou4f1 or Pou4f2 or both has no impact on the long-term viability of RGCs at up to 6 months post-tamoxifen treatment. Conclusion: Pou4f1 and Pou4f2 are involved in the acute response to damage to RGCs but are dispensable for the long-term survival of adult RGC in mice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere94173
JournalPloS one
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2014

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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