Journal of Molecular Neuroscience

, Volume 64, Issue 2, pp 200–210 | Cite as

CD200Fc Attenuates Retinal Glial Responses and RGCs Apoptosis After Optic Nerve Crush by Modulating CD200/CD200R1 Interaction

  • Rong Huang
  • Qianqian Lan
  • Lifei Chen
  • Haibin Zhong
  • Ling Cui
  • Li Jiang
  • Hui Huang
  • Li Li
  • Siming Zeng
  • Min LiEmail author
  • Xin ZhaoEmail author
  • Fan XuEmail author


To explore the hypothesis that CD200Fc, a CD200R1 agonist with anti-inflammatory properties, will inhibit retinal glial cells hyperactivation and retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) apoptosis after optic nerve injury. CD200Fc was immediately administered after optic nerve crush (ONC) once by intravitreal injection. Rats were euthanized at 5 days after ONC. The density of RGCs was counted by immunostaining of retina flat mounts for Brn3a. TUNEL assay, immunoblotting analysis of ionized calcium-binding adapter molecule 1(iba1) (microglia marker) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) (astrocytes and Müller cells marker), RT-PCR analysis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), monocyte chemotactic protein 1 (MCP-1), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-8 and IL-10, ELISA measure protein levels of inflammatory cytokines and western blot analysis of CD200 and CD200R1 were evaluated. CD200Fc treatment suppressed ONC-induced RGCs loss through inhibition of RGCs apoptosis. Additionally, expression of glial cells activation markers GFAP and iba1 and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (COX-2, iNOS, MCP-1, TNF-α, IL-8) were decreased in CD200Fc treated animals after ONC. Meanwhile, anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 was increased by CD200Fc treatment in ONC-induced rat retina. Finally, we found that CD200Fc significantly inhibited ONC-induced increased in expression of CD200 and raised the already high basal CD200R1 expression in the rat retina after ONC. Our results demonstrated that the anti-inflammatory effects of CD200Fc in ONC rats model through inhibited the activation of retinal glial cells via the interaction between CD200 and CD200R1, and the neuroprotective effects of CD200Fc on RGCs thought inhibited its apoptosis.


CD200Fc Optic nerve crush Inflammatory responses Retinal ganglion cells Retinal glial cells CD200/CD200R interaction 


Funding Information

This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81660168, 81560166, 81460087, 81760172, 81760178, and 81660161), the Natural Science Foundation of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (No. 2012GXNSFAA276039 and No. 2011GXNSFA018228), and 139 Guangxi Training Program Foundation for the High-level Talents.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

All experimental protocols of this study were enforced in accordance with the procedure outlined in the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Statement for the Use of Animals in Ophthalmic and Vision Research, and were handled in conformity to the Ethics Committee of the People’s Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyPeople’s Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous RegionNanningPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyRenmin Hospital of Wuhan UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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