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Denervation of the lacrimal gland leads to corneal hypoalgesia in a novel rat model of aqueous dry eye disease.

Aicher S, Hermes S, Hegarty D (2015) Denervation of the lacrimal gland leads to corneal hypoalgesia in a novel rat model of aqueous dry eye disease. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 56:6981-6989. doi: 10.1167/iovs.15-17497

Summary: One result of functional disruption of the tear gland is dry eye disease (DED), which represents a group of disorders rather than a singular one. DED manifests itself in altered responses to noxious corneal stimulation, but many of these patients do not actually have dry eyes or tear gland dysfunction. In order to investigate what circuits are involved in DED the authors created two models, one of which used the ablation of p75 receptor-expressing neurons innervating the extraorbital lacrimal gland. Rats received 2.5 μg of 192-IgG-SAP (Cat. #IT-01) directly into the left extraorbital lacrimal gland. Tear production in the lesioned animals was normal, and responses to noxious cold stimuli were impaired. This accompanied by unchanged fiber density indicates that the nociceptive signaling was affected on a molecular level.

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