Attenuation of periostin in retinal müller glia by TNF-α and IFN-γ

Ying Qian Peng, Man Jing Cao, Shigeo Yoshida, Lu Si Zhang, Hui Lan Zeng, Jing Ling Zou, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Takahito Nakama, Jing Ming Shi, Song Bai Jia, Ye Di Zhou

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● AIM: To investigate the regulation and mechanisms of periostin expression in retinal Müller glia, and to explore the relevance to retinal neovascularization. ● METHODS: The oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) mouse model and the human Moorfield/Institute of Ophthalmology-Müller 1 (MIO-M1) cell line were used in the study. Immunofluorescence staining was used to determine the distribution and expression of periostin and a Müller glial cell marker glutamine synthetase (GS). Cytokines TNF-α and IFN-γ were added to stimulate the MIO-M1 cells. ShRNA was used to knockdown periostin expression in MIO-M1 cells. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was conducted to assess the mRNA expression of periostin. ● RESULTS: Immunofluorescence staining showed that periostin was expressed by MIO-M1 Müller glia. GS-positive Müller glia and periostin increased in OIR retinas, and were partially overlaid. The stimulation of TNF-α and IFN-γ reduced the mRNA expression of periostin significantly and dose-dependently in MIO-M1 cells. Knockdown of periostin reduced mRNA expression of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) in MIO-M1 cells, while VEGFA expression was not changed in periostin knock-out OIR retinas. ● CONCLUSION: Müller glia could be one of the main sources of periostin in the retina, and might contribute to the pathogenesis of retinal neovascularization. Proinflammatory cytokines TNF-α and IFN-γ attenuate the periostin expression in retinal Müller glia, which provides a potential and novel method in treating retinal neovascular diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-218
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology


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