volume 16, issue 6, P564-571 1997
DOI: 10.1076/ceyr.16.6.564.5078
View full text

Abstract: Decreased free cysteine, in the diabetic rat lens, precedes hydration changes and vacuole formation, contributing to decreased glutathione content. While cysteine was not abundant in the lens, its concentration is greater than previously supposed. The lens ascorbate pool was also diminished prior to lens hydration.