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  1. Mus musculus


  1. Resource Description
    "This mutant provides a model for retinitis pigmentosa 20 and Leber congenital amaurosis. There is slow retinal degeneration as assessed by histology, but rod ERG readings show profoundly diminished dark adapted responses by 1 month of age The light adapted ERG responses at 1 month are delayed and diminished amplitude occurs with age. At 3 months of age the fundus examination appears normal and at 5 months of age small, punctate, white spots appear beneath retinal vessels. At 15 months of age the fundus has a mildly pigmented granular and mottled appearance. Histology of the retina begins to show occasional voids in the outer segments of the photoreceptor cells at approximately 6 weeks of age and at 3 months of age the outer segments have more voids and are more disorganized but the outer segments and the outer nuclear layer remain predominantly intact and relatively normal. However, by 7 months the outer nuclear layer has 6 to 8 layers of outer nuclear layer remaining in the retina and the outer segments are noticeably shorter than normal, and at 27 months only 3 to 4 layers of the outer nuclear layer remain, the outer segments is significantly shorter than normal, and the retinal pigment epithelium is atrophied and hypopigmented. The retinal pigment epithelium shows small lipid-like droplets detectable by electron microscopy at 3 weeks of age and increasing in size and frequency at 3 months of age. Consistent with the disrupted function of RPE65 to convert all-trans retinal to 11-cis retinal, HPLC fails to detect 11-cis-retinal in the retinas of homozygotes, rhodopsin absorbance is not detectable from 2 weeks to 5 months of age, there is reduced opsin levels in retinas as early as 8 days of age, and a progressive increase in retinyl esters after 3 weeks of age."
  2. Additional Name
    Rpe65 spontaneous null
  3. Related Disease
    retinitis pigmentosa
  4. Related Disease
    Leber congenital amaurosis
  5. Related Publication or Documentation
    Reversal of blindness in animal models of leber congenital amaurosis using optimized AAV2-mediated gene transfer.
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  7. Genetic Alteration(s)
  8. Location
    Bennett Laboratory
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