Figure 3. Temporal pattern of GPR50 mRNA expression and cellular distribution of GPR50 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 GPR50 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<0.05, ***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 the 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 GPR50 receptor (green). Nuclei were counterstained with propidium iodide
(red). Phase-contrast and confocal images show that GPR50 immunostaining is mainly located in the non-pigmented epithelium
of the ciliary processes, and enhanced in the DBA/2J mice versus the C57BL/6J mice at the age of 3 months. Scale bar = 20