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Dopamine is synthesized by tyrosine hydroxylase and is considered as a major catecholamine in the vertebrate retina, including zebrafish. However, little is known about the role of dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) in retinal physiology. Therefore, to elucidate the role of DRD2 in the eye development and function in zebrafish, fish were exposed to fluphenazine, quinpirole, or combination of both. Subsequently, the eye size, optic nerve diameter (ONd), and visual background adaptation were evaluated. The results showed that fluphenazine (fluphenazine, DRD2 antagonist) decreased eye size and optic nerve diameter followed by disruption of visual function. The addition of Quinpirole (quinpirole, DRD2 agonist) reversed the effects caused by fluphenazine, implying that DRD2 is necessary for normal eye development and function in zebrafish. Considering the role of dopaminergic neurons in retinal development and function, dysfunction of dopaminergic neuron signaling pathways in the retina may cause visual abnormalities, particularly in the involvement of dopamine in regulating light response. Copyright © 2019 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.


Z Syambani Ulhaq. Dopamine D2 receptor influences eye development and function in Zebrafish. Archivos de la Sociedad Espanola de Oftalmologia. 2020 Feb;95(2):84-89

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