Animal models of high-risk corneal transplantation: A comprehensive review


Rohan Bir Singh, Anna Marmalidou, Afsaneh Amouzegar, Yihe Chen, and Reza Dana. 2020. “Animal models of high-risk corneal transplantation: A comprehensive review.” Exp Eye Res, 198, Pp. 108152.


Over the past century, corneal transplantation has become the most commonly performed allogeneic solid tissue transplantation. Although more than 80% of the corneal transplantations have favorable outcomes, immune-mediated rejection continues to be the major cause of failure in well over 50% of graft recipients that have inflamed and vascularized host beds. Over the past two decades, the progress in our understanding of the immunological pathways that mediate graft rejection has aided in the development of novel therapeutic strategies. In order to successfully test the efficacy of these interventions, it is essential to model the immunological processes occurring as a consequence of corneal transplantation. Herein, we have comprehensively reviewed the established animal models used for replicating the immunopathological processes causing graft rejection in high-risk corneal transplantation settings. We have also discussed the practical and technical differences, as well as biological and immunological variations in different animal models.