Retinal Neovascular Disorders: Mouse Models for Drug Development Studies

  • Rosanne M. Yetemian
  • Cheryl M. CraftEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 723)


Neovascularization is a hallmark of several eye diseases leading to visual impairment, and its epidemiological impact is substantial (Lee et al. 1998). In retinal degenerative disease models, neovascularization is the process by which the choroid and/or retina become infiltrated with new blood vessels. In retinal neovascularization (RNV), sprouting retinal vessels penetrate the inner limiting membrane (ILM) and grow into the vitreous, and in some cases, grow through the avascular outer retina into the subretinal space (Campochiaro 2000). Numerous clinical and ­experimental observations indicate that ischemia (or hypoxia) is the driving force behind RNV (Michaelson and Steedman 1949). Occlusion of retinal vessels leading to ischemia is a feature of diseases with RNV, including diabetic retinopathy (DR) and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) (Campochiaro 2000).


Retinal neovascularization Neovascular disorders Age-related macular degeneration Diabetic retinopathy Retinopathy of prematurity Mouse models Drug development 



We thank members of the Mary D. Allen Laboratory for scientific discussions. CMC is the Mary D. Allen Chair in Vision Research, DEI, and a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Senior Scientific Investigator. This work was supported, in part, by NIH Grant EY015851 (CMC), EY03040 (DEI), RPB (DEI & CMC), Dorie Miller, William Hansen Sandberg Memorial Scholarship (RMY), Tony Gray Foundation, Mary D. Allen Foundation (Dr. Richard Newton Lolley Memorial Scholarship [RMY]), and an RD2010 Travel Award (RMY).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mary D. Allen Laboratory for Vision Research, Doheny Eye Institute, Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyKeck School of Medicine of the University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Regulatory AffairsAbbott Medical Optics, Inc.Santa AnaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Cell & NeurobiologyKeck School of Medicine of the University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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