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Identification of an intraocular microbiota

Deng, Y; Ge, X; Li, Y; Zou, B; Wen, X; Chen, W; Lu, L; ... Wei, L; + view all (2021) Identification of an intraocular microbiota. Cell Discovery , 7 , Article 13. 10.1038/s41421-021-00245-6. Green open access

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The current dogma in ophthalmology and vision research presumes the intraocular environment to be sterile. However, recent evidence of intestinal bacterial translocation into the bloodstream and many other internal organs including the eyes, found in healthy and diseased animal models, suggests that the intraocular cavity may also be inhabited by a microbial community. Here, we tested intraocular samples from over 1000 human eyes. Using quantitative PCR, negative staining transmission electron microscopy, direct culture, and high-throughput sequencing technologies, we demonstrated the presence of intraocular bacteria. The possibility that the microbiome from these low-biomass communities could be a contamination from other tissues and reagents was carefully evaluated and excluded. We also provide preliminary evidence that a disease-specific microbial signature characterized the intraocular environment of patients with age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, suggesting that either spontaneous or pathogenic bacterial translocation may be associated with these common sight-threatening conditions. Furthermore, we revealed the presence of an intraocular microbiome in normal eyes from non-human mammals and demonstrated that this varied across species (rat, rabbit, pig, and macaque) and was established after birth. These findings represent the first-ever evidence of intraocular microbiota in humans.

Type: Article
Title: Identification of an intraocular microbiota
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41421-021-00245-6
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41421-021-00245-6
Language: English
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Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Cell Biology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131900
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