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GSE156533: Transcriptomic profiling in 3-month-old P23H Retinitis Pigmentosa mouse retinas

Bulk RNA sequencing

Neuronal plasticity of the inner retina has been observed in response to photoreceptor degeneration. Typically, this phenomenon has been considered maladaptive and may preclude vision restoration in the blind. However, several recent studies utilizing triggered photoreceptor ablation have shown adaptive responses in bipolar cell dendrites expected to support normal vision. Whether such homeostatic plasticity occurs during progressive photoreceptor degenerative disease to help maintain normal visual behavior is unknown. We addressed these issues in an established mouse model of Retinitis Pigmentosa caused by the P23H mutation in rhodopsin. We show robust modulation of the retinal transcriptomic network reminiscent of the neurodevelopmental state as well as potentiation of rod rod bipolar cell signaling following rod photoreceptor degeneration. Additionally, we found highly sensitive night vision in P23H mice even when more than half of the rod photoreceptors were lost. The results implicate retinal adaptation leading to persistent visual function during photoreceptor degenerative disease. SOURCE: Henri Leinonen ( - University of California, Irvine

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