The presence of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) was shown in the retina and lens of the human fetal eye at different stages of prenatal development. PCR analysis revealed AFP mRNA neither in the retina nor in the lens, whereas in the fetal liver (control) AFP mRNA was found to be expressed. The data obtained indicate that AFP is not synthesized in retinal and lens cells of the human fetal eye but is imported from elsewhere to be taken up by these cells. The presence of AFP in the retina and lens implies its involvement in early morphogenesis and differentiation of these ocular tissues during prenatal human development.
Journal of Evolutionary Biochemistry and Physiology – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 4, 2018