Documenta Ophthalmologica

, Volume 115, Issue 3, pp 145–153 | Cite as

The mouse pattern electroretinogram

  • Vittorio PorciattiEmail author
Original Research Article


Mouse models of optic nerve disease such as glaucoma, optic neuritis, ischemic optic neuropathy, and mitochondrial optic neuropathy are being developed at increasing rate to investigate specific pathophysiological mechanisms and the effect of neuroprotective treatments. The use of these models may be greatly enhanced by the availability of non-invasive methods able to monitor retinal ganglion cell (RGC) function longitudinally such as the Pattern Electroretinogram (PERG). While the use of the PERG as a tool to probe inner retina function in mammals is known since 25 years, relatively less information is available for the mouse. Here, the PERG technique and the main applications in the mouse are reviewed.


Mouse Pattern electroretinogram Retinal ganglion cells Mouse models 



Financial support: NIH RO3 EY016322, NIH RO1 EY014957, NIH center grant P30-EY14801, unrestricted grant to the University of Miami from Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bascom Palmer Eye InstituteUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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