Deposits in macular human Bruch's membrane (BrM) increase with age and have been postulated to be associated with age-related maculopathy. We used two ultrastructural methods to compare these deposits by electron microscopy in macular and peripheral BrM of eight eyes from donors 63-86 years of age. Quick-freeze/deep-etch (QFDE) was used to prepare replicas that showed the ultrastructure of deposits, and osmium-tannic acid-paraphenylenediamine (OTAP) was used to preserve small extracellular lipid particles. We found that an accumulation of lipoprotein-like particles (LLPs) occurred in the peripheral BrM just as it does in the macular region, but with perhaps a somewhat slower time course. The "lipid wall," reported in macular BrM, was also found occasionally in the peripheral regions. The same processes that lead to age-related accumulation of LLPs in macular BrM appear to also occur in the peripheral regions.
- Basal lamina
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience