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Impact of UVR-A on whole human lenses, supernatants of buffered human lens homogenates, and purified argpyrimidine and 3-OH-kynurenine
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Chemistry.
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2005 (English)In: ACTA OPHTHALMOLOGICA SCANDINAVICA, ISSN 1395-3907, Vol. 83, no 2, 221-7 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Yellow chromophores and fluorescent compounds accumulate in the lens with age. Some of these compounds are photochemically active. The present study aimed to examine the photochemical effect of ultraviolet radiation-A (UVR-A) on the human lens.

Methods: Intact human lenses and supernatants of buffered lens homogenates were exposed to UVR-A. The effect of UVR-A was evaluated by time-resolved and steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy, visual evaluation of colour and protein gel electrophoresis.

Results: Intact lenses exposed to UVR-A showed no changes in time-resolved or steady-state fluorescence properties but the yellow coloration was visibly attenuated. The supernatants of buffered lens homogenates exposed to UVR-A demonstrated a reduction in time-resolved and steady-state fluorescent properties and protein cross-linking.

Conclusions: Exposure of the intact lens to UVR-A causes chromophore bleaching without affecting fluorescence, indicating that non-fluorescent chromophores have been destroyed. After homogenization, both chromophores and fluorophores from the lens suffer damage and proteins aggregate. This indicates that powerful mechanisms of protection against UVR-A found in the intact lens are disturbed by homogenization of the lens, suggesting that isolated lens proteins cannot be used as a model system for studying cataractogenesis. Hypothetically, the protective mechanism could be related to the rigidly packed three-dimensional structure of the lens proteins or to the abundance of antioxidative and free radical scavenging defence systems.

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2005. Vol. 83, no 2, 221-7 p.
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cataract, fluorescence, lens, ultraviolet radiation
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-13526DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1600-0420.2005.00388.xOAI: diva2:153197
Available from: 2007-06-26 Created: 2007-06-26 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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