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Behav Brain Res. 2012 Jan 15;226(2):601-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.09.030. Epub 2011 Sep 28.

Spatial frequency threshold and contrast sensitivity of an optomotor behavior are impaired in the Ins2Akita mouse model of diabetes.

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Department of Physiology and Center for Biomedical Neuroscience, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78229, United States.

Abstract

Diabetic retinopathy can lead to progressive loss of vision and is a leading cause of blindness. The Ins2(Akita) mouse model of diabetes develops significant retinal and systemic pathology, but how these affect visual behavior is unknown. Here, we show that Ins2(Akita) mice have progressive, quantifiable vision deficits in an optomotor behavior. This mouse line is a promising model in which to understand the contribution of retinal neuronal injury during the chronic hyperglycemia and hypoinsulinemia of diabetes to deficits in vision.

PMID:
21963766
PMCID:
PMC3298119
DOI:
10.1016/j.bbr.2011.09.030
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