Aldose reductase messenger RNA in the lens epithelium in vivo: Effects of diabetes mellitus and galactosaemia

S. Lightman, C. Bondy, S. Lightman, P. Kador

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Abstract

Quantitative in situ hybridization histochemistry was used to examine the regulation of aldose reductase messenger RNA in the rat lens after the induction of diabetes mellitus or after feeding a 50% (w/w) galactose diet. Although increased staining for aldose reductase in the lens epithelium has previously been observed by immunohistochemistry after 3 weeks of diabetes or after 7 days of galactose feeding, we have not been able to detect any increase in the amount of aldose reductase messenger RNA in these cells as compared with controls (113 ± 7%, 105 ± 9%, 100 ± 75, respectively) at these time points (P > 0.05). After 15 days of galactose feeding, however, there was a significant increase of 140% (± 12%) in the amount of aldose reductase messenger RNA in the lens epithelial cells as compared with controls (P = < 0.001). These results demonstrate that increased availability of galactose, a high-affinity substrate for the enzyme, leads to increased aldose reductase messenger RNA, which suggests a role for aldose reductase in sugar metabolism in the lens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-603
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Science
Volume79
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

Keywords

  • aldose reductase
  • diabetes
  • galactosaemia
  • in situ hybridization
  • lens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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