Alteration of retinal metabolism and oxidative stress may implicate myopic eye growth: Evidence from discovery and targeted proteomics in an animal model

Feng Juan Yu, Thomas Chuen Lam, Andes Ying Hon Sze, King Kit Li, Rachel Ka Man Chun, Sze Wan Shan, Chi Ho To

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Myopia, the most common cause of impaired vision, may induce sight- threatening diseases or ocular complications due to axial elongation. The exact mechanisms underlying myopia development have received much attention and understanding of these is necessary for clinical prevention or therapeutics. In this study, quantitative proteomics using Isotope Coded Protein Label (ICPL) was applied to identify differentially regulated proteins in the retinas of myopic chicks and, from their presence, infer the possible pathogenesis of excessive ocular elongation. Newly hatched white leghorn chicks (n = 15) wore -10D and + 10D lenses bilaterally for 3 and 7 days, respectively, to develop progressive lens-induced myopia (LIM) and hyperopia (LIH). Retinal proteins were quantified with nano-liquid chromatography electrospray ionization coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (nanoLC-ESI-MS/MS). Bioinformatics analysis of differentially regulated proteins revealed that the majority originated from the cytoplasmic region and were related to various metabolic, glycolytic, or oxidative processes. The fold changes of four proteins of interest (vimentin, apolipoprotein A1, interphotoreceptor retinoid binding protein, and glutathione S-transferase) were further confirmed by a novel high-resolution multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry (MRM-HR) using a label-free approach. Significance: Discovery of effective protein biomarkers of myopia has been extensively studied to inhibit myopia progression. This study first applied lens-induced hyperopia and myopia in the same chick to maximize the inter-ocular differences, aiming to discover more protein biomarker candidates. The findings provided new evidence that myopia was metabolism related, accompanied by altered energy generation and oxidative stress at retinal protein levels. The results in the retina were also compared to our previous study in vitreous using ICPL quantitative technology. We have now presented the protein changes in these two adjacent tissues, which may provide extra information of protein changes during ocular growth in myopia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103684
JournalJournal of Proteomics
Early online date13 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2020


  • High-resolution multiple reaction monitoring
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Myopia
  • Proteomics
  • Retina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry


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