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Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Aug 15;54(8):5550-8. doi: 10.1167/iovs.13-12144.

Polychromatic angiography for the assessment of VEGF-induced BRB dysfunction in the rabbit retina.

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PCAsso Diagnostics LLC, North Brunswick, New Jersey 08902, USA.



To determine the utility of polychromatic angiography (PCA) in the assessment of VEGF-induced blood retinal barrier (BRB) dysfunction in rabbits.


Twenty-six eyes of 24 Dutch Belted rabbits were injected intravitreally with 1.25 μg (group A, n = 5), 10 μg (group C, n = 7), or 4 μg (group B, n = 6; group D, n = 4; and group E, n = 4) of VEGF on day 0. Groups D and E were also injected intravitreally with 1.25 μg and 12.5 μg bevacizumab, respectively, on day 2. On days 0, 2, 4, 7, 11, and 14, PCA was performed using a contrast agent mixture composed of fluorescein sodium, indocyanine green, PCM102, and PCM107 and imaged with a modified fundus camera. PCA scores were based on detected leaking fluorophores.


On day 7, there was a statistically significant difference between PCA scores of group A (0.6 ± 0.89) and both groups B (2.67 ± 1.37, P = 0.0154) and C (3.33 ± 0.52, P = 0.00085). There was also a statistically significant difference between groups B and E (PCA score 0.75 ± 0.96, P = 0.032) on day 7. On day 11, there was statistically significant difference between group C (1.80 ± 1.1) and both groups A (0, P = 0.021) and B (0.33 ± 0.52, P = 0.037).


A differential response to both increasing VEGF dose and administration of bevacizumab could be discerned using the PCA. PCA allowed stratification of VEGF-induced BRB dysfunction and inhibitory effects of bevacizumab therapy in the rabbit retina.


blood retinal barrier; polychromatic angiography; retina; retinal imaging

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