The purpose of our research was to document early lenticular changes preceding cataract formation in rats receiving an elevated dose of selenium. The following stages were observed after selenium injection: Stage 1 (13-24 hr post-injection), formation of posterior equatorial subcapsular cataract (PESC); Stage 2 (24-72 hr), decline of the PESC, development of a prominent 'washer' shaped change in the refraction of the cortex, and first appearance of swollen fibers around the nucleus; Stage 3 (three to five days), appearance of bilateral dense central nuclear cataracts and further development of perinuclear swollen fibers; Stage 4 (five to 10 days), some nuclear cataracts became more opaque and/or angular. The results are consistent with the hypothesis that the initial site of action of selenium in nuclear cataract formation is not in the lens nucleus. Rather, selenium causes early changes outside the nucleus, which are followed by nuclear cataracts.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience