As a clinical manifestations of diabetic retinopathy (DR), pericytes (PCs) loss from the capillary walls is thought to be an initial pathological change responsible for the breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier (BRB). This study was performed to investigate the effects of ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in PC depletion mice by injection of an antibody against platelet-derived growth factor reception-β (PDGFR-β clone APB5). To assess the integrity of the retinal vessels, their density, diameters, vessel branching points, and number of acellular capillaries were evaluated. While all types of retinal vessels became enlarged in APB5-induced mice, treatment with UDCA rescued the vasculature; the vessel density, diameter of the veins and capillaries, and vessel branching points were significantly lower in mice treated with UDCA. Although APB5-induced mice displayed progressive exacerbation of retinal edema, whole retinal thickness upon treatment with UDCA was significantly decreased. Additionally, UDCA reduced the expression of F4/80 macrophages in the APB5-induced retina according to immunofluorescent labeling. UDCA also reduced the increased expression of angiogenic factors and inflammatory mediators (vascular endothelial growth factor, intercellular adhesion molecule-1, and monocyte chemotactic protein-1). These findings suggest that UDCA can be used to prevent the progression of and treat DR.
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Proteomic markers with prognostic impact on outcome of chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients under chemo-immunotherapy; results from the HOVON 109 study.
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