Galactose, and the phosphorothioates, WR-77913 and WR-2721, which inhibit cataract produced by X-irradiation, were evaluated for their effects on the phase separation temperature, Tc, of calf lens homogenate. The reagents were added to nuclear homogenate and the change in Tc per mol, dTc/dC, was measured. Galactose decreased Tc, -65 degrees C mol-1, WR-77913 decreased Tc, -28 degrees C mol-1 and WR-2721 decreased Tc, -76 degrees C mol-1. These are the first phase separation inhibitors that can be used in vivo to study the inhibition of lens opacification.
J. I. Clark, T. B. Osgood, S. Trask
Experimental eye research