Grillo SL, Stella SL, Jr. (2018) Melanopsin retinal ganglion cells are not labeled in Thy-1YFP-16 transgenic mice. Neuroreport 29:118-122. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0000000000000918 PMID: 29251688
Objective: To determine whether mRGCs are labeled with YFP in Thy-1 YFP-16 transgenic mice. The transgenic Thy-1 YFP mouse line 16 (Thy-1 YFP-16) expresses yellow-fluorescent protein (YFP) in projection neurons, including RGCs.
Summary: The majority of mRGC somas and axons are not labeled with YFP in the transgenic Thy-1 YFP-16 mouse line; therefore, this mouse model may not suitable for research involving mRGC visual pathways.
Usage: Affinity purified rabbit polyclonal antibody raised against melanopsin (1:500) was used to label mRGCs (Retinal ganglion cells expressing melanopsin). Immunolabeled Thy-1 YFP-16 mouse retina with anti-melanopsin and found that majority (∼89%) of mRGCs are not YFP-positive despite numerous other YFP-positive RGCs in the retina.
Related Products: Melanopsin Rabbit Polyclonal, affinity-purified (Cat. #AB-N39)