An experimental model of massive periretinal proliferation and intraocular neovascularization, produced in rabbits by the intravitreal injection of 250,00 cultured heterologous fibroblasts, showed no significant difference in the detachment rate (69% to 100%) or neovascularization rate (45% to 88%) between the animals injected with autologous cells and those injected with heterologous cells. Dermal fibroblasts produced a slightly higher detachment rate than conjunctival fibroblasts and were equally effective after reconstitution and subculture from liquid nitrogen storage in 7% dimethyl sulfoxide. Heterologous cells produced no clinical or histologic evidence of rejection when compared with autologous cells in the same animal and had the following advantages: (1) elimination of several biopsies and extended cell culture time; (2) a ready source of cryopreserved cells is available; (3) multiple injections of many animals can be performed within a short time; (4) in vivo and in vitro drug testing can be correlated on the same cell line.
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