Purpose: A perfusion system for studying the vasoactive properties of the guinea-pig choroid is described.Methods: The principle of operation is that the vascular resistance of the entire Vascular network oi an isolated, perfused eye can be monitored by recording the pressure required to deliver a constant flow of perfusate through the network Delivery of the pharmacological agent of interest into the perfusate stream and the subsequent determination of the magnitude of any induced pressure changes allows the vasoactive potency oi various agonists to be assessed.Results: The baseline vascular resistance was 1.35 +/- 0.16 mmHg.min/mu L (mean +/- SEM; n = 10) and the mean response to intraluminal delivery of 124 mmol/L K+ Krebs was an increase in resistance of 297 +/- 67%. Vasoactive responses were sustainable for more than 8 h.Conclusions: This system will now be used to study the vasoactive properties of the guinea-pig choroid in greater detail.
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology|
|Issue number||Supplement 1|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|