Diet Mimicking “Fast Food” Causes Structural Changes to the Retina Relevant to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Gavin W. Roddy, Robert H. Rosa, Kimberly B. Viker, Bradley H. Holman, Cheryl R. Hann, Anuradha Krishnan, Gregory J. Gores, Sophie J. Bakri, Michael P. Fautsch

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Introduction: Metabolic syndrome is a disorder characterized by a constellation of findings including truncal obesity, elevated blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, and high blood glucose. Recent evidence suggests that metabolic syndrome may be associated with increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other eye diseases. Recently, C57BL/6J wild-type mice fed with a “fast food” diet consisting of high fat, cholesterol, and fructose-supplemented water showed unique systemic pathology consistent with metabolic syndrome and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Additionally, these mice showed higher levels of fibrosis, inflammation, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction compared to mice fed with only a high-fat diet alone. Since similar pathways are activated in AMD, we sought to determine whether mice fed a “fast food” diet exhibited retinal changes. Methods: 3-month-old wild-type mice were randomized to a standard chow (n = 11) or a “fast food” (n = 18) diet and fed for 9 months. At 1 year of age, tissues were collected and retinas were analyzed using transmission electron microscopy. Quantitative measures of Bruch’s membrane thickness and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cell counts were performed. Results: “Fast food” fed mice showed ocular pathology relevant to various stages of AMD including basal laminar deposits, focal thickening of Bruch’s membrane, and a significant loss of RPE cells. Discussion/conclusion: A wild-type mouse model of metabolic syndrome fed a “fast food” diet developed changes to the retina similar to some of the pathologic features seen in AMD. Further investigations into this and similar animal models as well as further epidemiological studies are needed to more clearly define the association between metabolic syndrome and AMD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Eye Research
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Fast Foods
Macular Degeneration
Retina
Diet
Bruch Membrane
Retinal Pigment Epithelium
High Fat Diet
Pathology
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
Eye Diseases
Hypercholesterolemia
Fructose
Transmission Electron Microscopy
Blood Glucose
Epidemiologic Studies
Fibrosis
Animal Models
Obesity
Cell Count
Cholesterol

Keywords

  • basal laminar deposits
  • Drusen
  • macular degeneration
  • metabolic syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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Roddy, G. W., Rosa, R. H., Viker, K. B., Holman, B. H., Hann, C. R., Krishnan, A., ... Fautsch, M. P. (Accepted/In press). Diet Mimicking “Fast Food” Causes Structural Changes to the Retina Relevant to Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Current Eye Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/02713683.2019.1694156

Diet Mimicking “Fast Food” Causes Structural Changes to the Retina Relevant to Age-Related Macular Degeneration. / Roddy, Gavin W.; Rosa, Robert H.; Viker, Kimberly B.; Holman, Bradley H.; Hann, Cheryl R.; Krishnan, Anuradha; Gores, Gregory J.; Bakri, Sophie J.; Fautsch, Michael P.

In: Current Eye Research, 01.01.2019.

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Roddy, Gavin W. ; Rosa, Robert H. ; Viker, Kimberly B. ; Holman, Bradley H. ; Hann, Cheryl R. ; Krishnan, Anuradha ; Gores, Gregory J. ; Bakri, Sophie J. ; Fautsch, Michael P. / Diet Mimicking “Fast Food” Causes Structural Changes to the Retina Relevant to Age-Related Macular Degeneration. In: Current Eye Research. 2019.
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