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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089775/degenerative-effects-of-cobalt-chloride-treatment-on-neurons-and-microglia-in-a-porcine-retina-organ-culture-model
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S Kuehn, J Hurst, F Rensinghoff, T Tsai, S Grauthoff, Y Satgunarajah, H B Dick, S Schnichels, S C Joachim
In order to understand the pathological processes of retinal diseases, experimental models are necessary. Cobalt, as part of the vitamin B12 complex, is important for neuronal integrity. However, it is known that high quantities of cobalt induce cytotoxic mechanisms via hypoxia mimicry. Therefore, we tested the degenerative effect of cobalt chloride (CoCl2) on neurons and microglia in a porcine retina organ culture model. Organotypic cultures of porcine retinas were cultured and treated with different concentrations of CoCl2 (0, 100, 300 and 500 μM) for 48 h...
January 12, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065590/mechanism-and-evidence-of-nonsense-suppression-therapy-for-genetic-eye-disorders
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Rose Richardson, Matthew Smart, Dhani Tracey-White, Andrew Webster, Mariya Moosajee
Between 5 and 70% of genetic disease is caused by in-frame nonsense mutations, which introduce a premature termination codon (PTC) within the disease-causing gene. Consequently, during translation, non-functional or gain-of-function truncated proteins of pathological significance, are formed. Approximately 50% of all inherited retinal disorders have been associated with PTCs, highlighting the importance of novel pharmacological or gene correction therapies in ocular disease. Pharmacological nonsense suppression of PTCs could delineate a therapeutic strategy that treats the mutation in a gene- and disease-independent manner...
January 5, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065589/perk-and-xbp1-differentially-regulate-cxcl10-and-ccl2-production
#3
Shuang Zhu, Hua Liu, Haibo Sha, Ling Qi, Dian-Shuai Gao, Wenbo Zhang
Inflammation plays a key role in the pathogenesis of many retinal degenerative diseases related with photoreceptor dysfunction/degeneration. However the involvement of photoreceptor cells in inflammatory reactions is largely unknown as they are not considered as inflammatory cells. In this study, we assessed whether photoreceptor cells can produce CCL2 and CXCL10, two important players in inflammation during endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. After photoreceptor 661 W cells were treated with ER stress inducer thapsigargin (TG), induction of ER stress increased CXCL10 and CCL2 expression at both mRNA and protein levels, which was significantly blocked by an ER stress blocker 4-phenylbutyrate...
January 5, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057442/iron-importers-zip8-and-zip14-are-expressed-in-retina-and-regulated-by-retinal-iron-levels
#4
Jacob Sterling, Samyuktha Guttha, Ying Song, Delu Song, Majda Hadziahmetovic, Joshua L Dunaief
Intracellular retinal iron accumulation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of irreversible blindness among individuals over the age of 50. Ceruloplasmin/hephaestin double knockout mice (Cp/Heph DKO) and hepcidin knockout mice (Hepc KO) accumulate retinal iron and model some features of AMD. Two canonical pathways govern cellular iron import - transferrin-bound iron import and non-transferrin bound iron import. In Cp/Heph DKO and Hepc KO iron-loaded retinas, transferrin-bound iron import is downregulated...
January 2, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025000/determination-of-water-soluble-and-fat-soluble-vitamins-in-tears-and-blood-serum-of-infants-and-parents-by-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#5
Maryam Khaksari, Lynn R Mazzoleni, Chunhai Ruan, Robert T Kennedy, Adrienne R Minerick
Tears serve as a viable diagnostic fluid with advantages including less invasive sample to collect and less complex to prepare for analysis. Several water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins were detected and quantified in human tears and compared with blood serum levels. Samples from 15 family pairs, each pair consisting of a four-month-old infant and one parent were analyzed; vitamin concentrations were compared between tears and blood serum for individual subjects, between infants and parents, and against self-reported dietary intakes...
December 23, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989757/retinal-pigment-epithelium-and-microglia-express-the-cd5-antigen-like-protein-a-novel-autoantigen-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#6
Alessandro Iannaccone, T J Hollingsworth, Diwa Koirala, David D New, Nataliya I Lenchik, Sarka Beranova-Giorgianni, Ivan C Gerling, Marko Z Radic, Francesco Giorgianni
We report on a novel autoantigen expressed in human macular tissues, identified following an initial Western blot (WB)-based screening of sera from subjects with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) for circulating auto-antibodies (AAbs) recognizing macular antigens. Immunoprecipitation, 2D-gel electrophoresis (2D-GE) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), direct enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), WBs, immunohistochemistry (IHC), human primary and ARPE-19 immortalized cell cultures were used to characterize this novel antigen...
December 15, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979713/the-wavelength-composition-and-temporal-modulation-of-ambient-lighting-strongly-affect-refractive-development-in-young-tree-shrews
#7
Timothy J Gawne, John T Siegwart, Alexander H Ward, Thomas T Norton
Shortly after birth, the eyes of most animals (including humans) are hyperopic because the short axial length places the retina in front of the focal plane. During postnatal development, an emmetropization mechanism uses cues related to refractive error to modulate the growth of the eye, moving the retina toward the focal plane. One possible cue may be longitudinal chromatic aberration (LCA), to signal if eyes are getting too long (long [red] wavelengths in better focus than short [blue]) or too short (short wavelengths in better focus)...
December 12, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955999/neuroprotection-for-glaucoma-requirements-for-clinical-translation
#8
Leonard A Levin, Megan E Crowe, Harry A Quigley
Within the field of glaucoma research, neuroprotection is defined as slowing the functional loss in glaucoma by a mechanism independent of lowering of intraocular pressure. There is currently a great potential for research surrounding neuroprotection as it relates to glaucoma. Anatomical targets for neuroprotection should focus on upstream rather than downstream factors, and could include any part of the retinal ganglion cell, the glia, especially astrocytes or Muller cells, and vasculature. The great number of anatomical targets is exceeded only by the number of possible biochemical pathways and potential treatments...
December 9, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940219/anoctamin2-tmem16b-forms-the-ca-2-activated-cl-channel-in-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#9
Susanne Keckeis, Nadine Reichhart, Christophe Roubeix, Olaf Strauß
Chloride channels (Cl channels) play an essential role for the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). They provide a plasma membrane conductance for Cl(-) important for transepithelial transport and volume regulation. Ca(2+)-dependent chloride channels (CaCC) in the RPE were found to adapt Cl(-) transport to specific needs by increasing intracellular free Ca(2+). Although a variety of Cl channels have been identified in the RPE, the molecular identity of the CaCC remains controversial. Sagittal sections of mouse retina were stained against anoctamin2 (Ano2) and analyzed by confocal microscopy...
December 8, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939447/differential-response-and-withdrawal-profile-of-glucocorticoid-treated-human-trabecular-meshwork-cells
#10
Guorong Li, Gang Cui, W Michael Dismuke, Iris Navarro, Kristin Perkumas, David F Woodward, W Daniel Stamer
The goal of the study was to examine secreted protein response and withdrawal profiles from cultured human trabecular meshwork (HTM) cells following short- and long-term glucocorticoid treatment. Primary cultures of five human HTM cell strains isolated from 5 different individual donor eyes were tested. Confluent HTM cells were differentiated in culture media containing 1% FBS for at least one week, and then treated with Dexamethasone (Dex, 100 nM) 3 times/week for 1 or 4 weeks. Cell culture supernatant was collected 3 times per week for 8 weeks...
December 7, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923559/nrf2-protects-photoreceptor-cells-from-photo-oxidative-stress-induced-by-blue-light
#11
Wan-Ju Chen, Caiying Wu, Zhenhua Xu, Yoshiki Kuse, Hideaki Hara, Elia J Duh
Oxidative stress plays a key role in age-related macular degeneration and hereditary retinal degenerations. Light damage in rodents has been used extensively to model oxidative stress-induced photoreceptor degeneration, and photo-oxidative injury from blue light is particularly damaging to photoreceptors. The endogenous factors protecting photoreceptors from oxidative stress, including photo-oxidative stress, are continuing to be elucidated. In this study, we evaluated the effect of blue light exposure on photoreceptors and its relationship to Nrf2 using cultured murine photoreceptor (661W) cells...
December 3, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914990/presence-of-melanopsin-in-human-crystalline-lens-epithelial-cells-and-its-role-in-melatonin-synthesis
#12
Hanan Awad Alkozi, Xiaoyu Wang, Maria Jesus Perez de Lara, Jesus Pintor
Melanopsin is a non-image forming photoreceptor known to be present in the retina and it is considered to have light regulated tasks among other functions. In the present work, melanopsin presence in human lens epithelial cells as well as in human lens tissue is described for the first time. Moreover, studying the concentration of melatonin and its synthesising enzyme AANAT proved a clear link between melanopsin activation and the suppression of melatonin synthesis. Melanopsin sensitivity to specific wavelength (465-480 nm, blue) was confirmed after making temporal studies incubating lens epithelial cells under light, red, green, blue and total darkness for 2, 4, 8, 12 h and analysing the concentration of both melatonin and its synthesising enzyme AANAT, discovering that melatonin levels after submitting cells to total darkness are significantly higher to ones submitted to white or specifically blue light (***p < 0...
November 30, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914989/transcriptome-analysis-of-adult-and-fetal-trabecular-meshwork-cornea-and-ciliary-body-tissues-by-rna-sequencing
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Megan Ulmer Carnes, R Rand Allingham, Allison Ashley-Koch, Michael A Hauser
PURPOSE: To characterize the transcriptional landscape of human adult and fetal trabecular meshwork (TM), cornea, and ciliary body (CB) tissues, and to evaluate the expression level of candidate genes selected from genetic association studies of primary-open angle glaucoma, central corneal thickness, intraocular pressure, vertical cup to disc ratio, and optic nerve parameters. METHODS: Deep RNA sequencing was performed on the selected human tissues. Transcriptome analyses were performed to 1) characterize the total number of expressed genes, 2) identify the most highly expressed genes, 3) estimate the number of novel transcripts, and 4) evaluate the expression of candidate genes in each tissue...
November 30, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914988/imaging-of-macrophage-dynamics-with-optical-coherence-tomography-in-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy
#14
Despina Kokona, Nathanael U Häner, Andreas Ebneter, Martin S Zinkernagel
Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) is a relatively common cause of visual loss and results from hypoperfusion of the small arteries of the anterior portion of the optic nerve. AION is the leading cause of sudden optic nerve related vision loss with approximately 10 cases per 100'000 in the population over 50 years. To date there is no established treatment for AION and therefore a better understanding of the events occurring at the level of the optic nerve head (ONH) would be important to design future therapeutic strategies...
November 30, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899287/pre-treatment-with-vinpocetine-protects-against-retinal-ischemia
#15
Lisa Nivison-Smith, Pauline Khoo, Monica L Acosta, Michael Kalloniatis
Vinpocetine has been shown to have beneficial effects for tissues of the central nervous system subjected to ischemia and other related metabolic insults. We recently showed vinpocetine promotes glucose availability, prevents unregulated cation channel permeability and regulates glial reactivity when present during retinal ischemia. Less is known however about the ability of vinpocetine to protect against future ischemic insults. This study explores the effect of vinpocetine when used as a pre-treatment in an ex vivo model for retinal ischemia using cation channel permeability of agmatine (AGB) combined with immunohistochemistry as a measure for cell functionality...
November 27, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890475/slowed-dark-adaptation-in-older-eyes-effect-of-location
#16
Humza J Tahir, Elena Rodrigo-Diaz, Neil R A Parry, Jeremiah M F Kelly, D Carden, Ian J Murray
PURPOSE: The rate of rod sensitivity recovery following a photobleach is a basic measure of the integrity of the outer retina. Rods are selectively impaired in aging and many disorders of the retina, notably Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). It is not known for certain whether the age-related deficit is a pan-retinal effect or if there are localised regions of impaired rod function. To address this important issue a dual arc stimulus was developed that samples sensitivity recovery in two retinal locations...
November 24, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889356/role-of-ptx3-in-corneal-epithelial-innate-immunity-against-aspergillus-fumigatus-infection
#17
Jie Zhang, Guiqiu Zhao, Jing Lin, Chengye Che, Cui Li, Nan Jiang, Liting Hu, Qian Wang
Pentraxin3 (PTX3), a member of long pentraxin family, plays a non-redundant role in human humoral innate immunity. However, whether PTX3 is expressed by corneal epithelial cells and its role during corneal fungi infection has not yet been investigated. To identify the presence of PTX3 in cornea, the possible mechanisms involved in its expression, and also the effects on corneal anti-fungi innate immune response, clinic human corneal tissues and cultured human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs) were resorted. PTX3 mRNA and protein were detected in corneal samples and cultured HCECs, which was significantly up-regulated after exposing to Aspergillus fumigatus (A...
November 23, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876485/cannabinoid-receptors-and-trpa1-on-neuroprotection-in-a-model-of-retinal-ischemia
#18
D S M Araújo, V S Miya-Coreixas, P Pandolfo, K C Calaza
Retinal ischemia is a pathological event present in several retinopathies such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, leading to partial or full blindness with no effective treatment available. Since synthetic and endogenous cannabinoids have been studied as modulators of ischemic events in the central nervous system (CNS), the present study aimed to investigate the involvement of cannabinoid system in the cell death induced by ischemia in an avascular (chick) retina. We observed that chick retinal treatment with a combination of WIN 55212-2 and cannabinoid receptor antagonists (either AM251/O-2050 or AM630) decreased the release of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) induced by retinal ischemia in an oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) model...
November 19, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867005/temporal-expression-of-cd184-cxcr4-and-cd171-l1cam-identifies-distinct-early-developmental-stages-of-human-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-retina
#19
J G Aparicio, H Hopp, A Choi, J Mandayam Comar, V C Liao, N Harutyunyan, T C Lee
Human retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) derived from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) have anticipated value for human disease study, drug screening, and therapeutic applications; however, their full potential remains underdeveloped. To characterize RGCs in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) derived retinal organoids we examined RGC markers and surface antigen expression and made comparisons to human fetal retina. RGCs in both tissues exhibited CD184 and CD171 expression and distinct expression patterns of the RGC markers BRN3 and RBPMS...
November 17, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865785/dnmt1-dnmt3a-and-dnmt3b-cooperate-in-photoreceptor-and-outer-plexiform-layer-development-in-the-mammalian-retina
#20
Ratnesh K Singh, Ramya K Mallela, Abigail Hayes, Nicholas R Dunham, Morgan E Hedden, Raymond A Enke, Robert N Fariss, Hal Sternberg, Michael D West, Igor O Nasonkin
Characterizing the role of epigenetic regulation in the mammalian retina is critical for understanding fundamental mechanisms of retinal development and disease. DNA methylation, an epigenetic modifier of genomic DNA, plays an important role in modulating networks of tissue and cell-specific gene expression. However, the impact of DNA methylation during retinal development and homeostasis of retinal neurons remains unclear. Here, we have created a tissue-specific DNA methyltransferase (Dnmt) triple mutant mouse in an effort to characterize the impact of DNA methylation in retinal development and homeostasis...
November 16, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
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