Figure 2. Temporal pattern of MT2 mRNA expression and cellular distribution of MT2 receptor in ciliary processes of C57BL/6J versus DBA/2J mice. A: Total RNA from the ciliary processes of either control (C57BL/6J) or glaucomatous (DBA/2J) animals at 3, 6, 9, or 12 months
of age was extracted, and MT2 mRNA was quantified with quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) as described in the Methods section.
Values were normalized to the content of the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) transcript. Results are the
mean ± standard error of the mean (SEM) of 24 animals of each strain (***p<0.001 versus the same mouse strain; #p<0.05, ###p<0.001 versus a different mouse strain; one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with Dunnett’s multiple comparisons test). B: Immunofluorescence images of ciliary processes from 3-month-old C57BL/6J (I), 3-month-old DBA/2J (II), and 12-month-old
DBA/2J (III) mice labeled with antibodies against the MT2 receptor (green). Nuclei were counterstained with propidium iodide (red). Phase-contrast and confocal images show that the
MT2 receptor is mainly located in the non-pigmented epithelium of the ciliary processes, and expression of the receptor is strongly
increased in the 3-month-old DBA/2J mice compared to the older mice and to the 3-month-old C57BL/6J mice. Scale bar = 20 μm.