In vitro bovine ciliary body/epithelium in a small continuously perfused Ussing type chamber

Chi Ho To, Kwok Hei Mok, Siu Kee Tse, Wing Tak Siu, Michel Millodot, Kam Len Lee, Stuart Hodson

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Our goal is to assess the viability of an in vitro preparation of bovine ciliary body/epithelium (CBE) in a small volume Ussing-type chamber. A new small volume Ussing-type chamber with continuous perfusion was developed for bovine CBE. The trans-CBE electrical parameters were monitored and the electrical responses of the CBE to ouabain (1 and 0.01 mM) were recorded. The trans-CBE fluxes of [14C]-L-ascorbate and [3H]-L-glucose were also studied. The bovine CBE preparation was stable inside the chamber in terms of its potential difference (PD), short circuit current (SCC) and trans-CBE resistance. They were -0.51 ± 0.05 mV (aqueous side negative), -5.43 ± 0.04 μAcm-2and 94 ± 2 Ω.cm2(mean ± s.e.m., n = 35), respectively. The preparation hyperpolarised when 0.01 mM ouabain was administered to the aqueous side, depolarised when ouabain was applied to the stromal side. [3H]-L-glucose diffusion was about 74 nEq h-1cm-2in either direction (n = 12). Taking the area magnification factor of the CBE into consideration, the diffusional L-glucose flux across the bovine CBE was comparable to other tight epithelia. A significant net ascorbate flux (0.26 ± 0.05 nEq h-1cm-2, n = 4, p < 0.01) was found in the stroma to aqueous direction. We have developed a viable in vitro bovine CBE preparation which was (1) electrically stable, (2) responsive to ouabain, 3) tight to L-glucose diffusion, and (4) capable of actively secreting ascorbate. A net trans-CBE chloride transport (0.81 ± 0.30 μEq h-1cm-2, n = 12, p = 0.01) from stromal to aqueous side was found in the present in vitro model under short-circuited conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-254
Number of pages8
JournalCell Structure and Function
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Ascorbate transport
  • Ciliary body
  • Ciliary epithelium
  • Ouabain
  • Ussing-Zerahn chamber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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