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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450547/aflibercept-action-in-a-rabbit-model-of-chronic-retinal-neovascularization-reversible-inhibition-of-pathologic-leakage-with-dose-dependent-duration
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Jingtai Cao, Thomas C MacPherson, Bibiana V Iglesias, Yang Liu, Natasha Tirko, George D Yancopoulos, Stanley J Wiegand, Carmelo Romano
Purpose: We establish and characterize the chronic retinal neovascularization (RNV) induced by intravitreal (IVT) injection of DL-α-aminoadipic acid (AAA) in a rabbit model and investigate the extent and duration of inhibitory actions induced by IVT aflibercept on the RNV. Methods: Rabbits received a single IVT injection of AAA, with weekly follow-up fundus photography, fluorescein angiography (FA), and optical coherence tomography (OCT). After 10 weeks, they received a single IVT aflibercept or control injection...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450546/a-plasma-metabolomic-signature-of-the-exfoliation-syndrome-involves-amino-acids-acylcarnitines-and-polyamines
#2
Stéphanie Leruez, Thomas Bresson, Juan M Chao de la Barca, Alexandre Marill, Grégoire de Saint Martin, Adrien Buisset, Jeanne Muller, Lydie Tessier, Cédric Gadras, Christophe Verny, Patrizia Amati-Bonneau, Guy Lenaers, Philippe Gohier, Dominique Bonneau, Gilles Simard, Dan Milea, Vincent Procaccio, Pascal Reynier
Purpose: To determine the plasma metabolomic signature of the exfoliative syndrome (XFS), the most common cause worldwide of secondary open-angle glaucoma. Methods: We performed a targeted metabolomic study, using the standardized p180 Biocrates Absolute IDQ p180 kit with a QTRAP 5500 mass spectrometer, to compare the metabolomic profiles of plasma from individuals with XFS (n = 16), and an age- and sex-matched control group with cataract (n = 18). Results: A total of 151 metabolites were detected correctly, 16 of which allowed for construction of an OPLS-DA model with a good predictive capability (Q2cum = 0...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450545/use-of-the-posterior-anterior-corneal-curvature-radii-ratio-to-improve-the-accuracy-of-intraocular-lens-power-calculation-eom-s-adjustment-method
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Mingue Kim, Youngsub Eom, Hwa Lee, Young-Woo Suh, Jong Suk Song, Hyo Myung Kim
Purpose: To evaluate the accuracy of IOL power calculation using adjusted corneal power according to the posterior/anterior corneal curvature radii ratio. Methods: Nine hundred twenty-eight eyes from 928 reference subjects and 158 eyes from 158 cataract patients who underwent phacoemulsification surgery were enrolled. Adjusted corneal power of cataract patients was calculated using the fictitious refractive index that was obtained from the geometric mean posterior/anterior corneal curvature radii ratio of reference subjects and adjusted anterior and predicted posterior corneal curvature radii from conventional keratometry (K) using the posterior/anterior corneal curvature radii ratio...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450544/hla-class-i-antigen-expression-in-conjunctival-melanoma-is-not-associated-with-pd-l1-pd-1-status
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Jinfeng Cao, Niels J Brouwer, Ekaterina S Jordanova, Marina Marinkovic, Sjoerd G van Duinen, Nadine E de Waard, Bruce R Ksander, Arend Mulder, Frans H J Claas, Mirjam H M Heemskerk, Martine J Jager
Purpose: Antitumor T cells need expression of HLA class I molecules but can be inhibited by ligands such as programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1). We determined expression and regulation of these molecules in human conjunctival melanoma (CM) samples, cell lines, and murine xenografts. Methods: Immunofluorescence staining was performed to examine the expression of HLA-A, HLA-B/C, and β-2-microglobulin (B2M) in 23 primary CM samples. HLA class I expression was compared with clinicopathologic characteristics, the presence of tumor-infiltrating leukocytes, and PD-L1/PD-1 status...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450543/mutation-in-the-zebrafish-cct2-gene-leads-to-abnormalities-of-cell-cycle-and-cell-death-in-the-retina-a-model-of-cct2-related-leber-congenital-amaurosis
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Yuriko Minegishi, Naoki Nakaya, Stanislav I Tomarev
Purpose: The compound heterozygous mutations in the β subunit of chaperonin containing TCP-1 (CCT), encoded by CCT2, lead to the Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). In this study, a cct2 mutant line of zebrafish was established to investigate the role of CCT2 mutations in LCA in vertebrates. Methods: A cct2 mutant zebrafish line was produced using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Changes in the eyes of developing wild-type and mutant larvae were monitored using microscopy, immunostaining, TUNEL, and EdU assays...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450542/optical-properties-influence-visual-cortical-functional-resolution-after-cataract-surgery-and-both-dissociate-from-subjectively-perceived-quality-of-vision
#6
Ângela Sofia Cardoso Miranda, Andreia de Faria Martins Rosa, Miguel José Patrício Dias, Ben M Harvey, Maria Fátima Loureiro da Silva, Miguel de Sá E Sousa Castelo-Branco, Joaquim Carlos Neto Murta
Purpose: To investigate the relation between optical properties, population receptive fields (pRFs), visual function, and subjectively perceived quality of vision after cataract surgery. Methods: The study includes 30 patients who had recently undergone bilateral sequential cataract surgery. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging and pRF modelling methods to assess pRF sizes across visual cortical regions (V1-V3). Subjects also performed a complete ophthalmologic and psychophysical examination and answered a quality of vision questionnaire...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450541/induction-of-ocular-complement-activation-by-inflammatory-stimuli-and-intraocular-inhibition-of-complement-factor-d-in-animal-models
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Maura A Crowley, Omar Delgado, Adrian Will-Orrego, Natasha M Buchanan, Karen Anderson, Bruce D Jaffee, Thaddeus P Dryja, Sha-Mei Liao
Purpose: Genome-wide association studies suggest a role for the complement system in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We characterized ocular complement activation and evaluated a complement factor D (FD) neutralizing antibody. Methods: Mice were treated with toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands, intravitreal injection (IVT), or corneal debridement. Levels of complement proteins and mRNA were measured. A FD neutralizing antibody was administered IVT into eyes of rabbits that were challenged with LPS (lipopolysaccharide) administered intravenously...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450540/endocan-blockade-suppresses-experimental-ocular-neovascularization-in-mice
#8
Ting Su, Yisheng Zhong, Anna M Demetriades, Jikui Shen, Ailing Sui, Yiyun Yao, Yushuo Gao, Yanji Zhu, Xi Shen, Bing Xie
Purpose: Ocular neovascularization (NV) is a pathologic process characterized by the proliferation and infiltration of various types of cells such as RPE, glial, and endothelial cells, which interact with proangiogenic factors and inflammatory cytokines. Endocan is known to be enriched in retinal endothelial tip cells under hypoxia, but the effect of endocan on ocular NV progression is largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of endocan in the ocular NV pathologic process and the possible mechanisms involved...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450539/retinothalamic-white-matter-abnormalities-in-amblyopia
#9
Brian Allen, Melanie A Schmitt, Burton J Kushner, Bas Rokers
Purpose: Amblyopia is associated with a broad array of perceptual and neural abnormalities in the visual system, particularly in untreated or unsuccessfully treated populations. Traditionally, it has been believed that the neural abnormalities are confined to the visual cortex and subcortex (e.g., lateral geniculate nucleus). Here, we investigate the presence of neuroanatomical abnormalities earlier in the visual stream, in the optic nerves and tracts, of participants with two predominant forms of amblyopia...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450538/clinical-age-specific-seasonal-conjunctivitis-patterns-and-their-online-detection-in-twitter-blog-forum-and-comment-social-media-posts
#10
Michael S Deiner, Stephen D McLeod, James Chodosh, Catherine E Oldenburg, Cherie A Fathy, Thomas M Lietman, Travis C Porco
Purpose: We sought to determine whether big data from social media might reveal seasonal trends of conjunctivitis, most forms of which are nonreportable. Methods: Social media posts (from Twitter, and from online forums and blogs) were classified by age and by conjunctivitis type (allergic or infectious) using Boolean and machine learning methods. Based on spline smoothing, we estimated the circular mean occurrence time (a measure of central tendency for occurrence) and the circular variance (a measure of uniformity of occurrence throughout the year, providing an index of seasonality)...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450537/enhanced-expression-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-related-inflammation-in-diabetic-retinopathy
#11
Hui Chen, Xiongze Zhang, Nanying Liao, Lan Mi, Yuting Peng, Bing Liu, Shaochong Zhang, Feng Wen
Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the association between nucleotide-binding and oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptors (NLRs) family, pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome-induced inflammation and disease severity in diabetic retinopathy (DR). Methods: Blood samples were collected from 64 patients with diabetes (DR, 43; without DR, 21) and 25 healthy controls. The protein and mRNA expression levels of NLRP3 inflammasomes in peripheral blood mononuclear cells were determined using western blotting and quantitative real-time reverse transcription-PCR...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450536/administration-of-nitric-oxide-through-a-novel-copper-chitosan-delivery-system-in-human-corneal-and-limbal-epithelial-cell-injury
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Vasiliki Tellios, Hong Liu, Nikoleta Tellios, Xiangji Li, Cindy M L Hutnik
Purpose: Nitric oxide (NO) has gained attention for its role in facilitating wound healing by promoting cell migration, while being cytoprotective in a variety of cell types. We determined the efficacy of NO, administered using a novel application of copper-chitosan treatments (Cu-Ch), in facilitating corneal epithelial wound healing using an in vitro model of corneal epithelial and limbal epithelial cell injury. Methods: Human corneal epithelial (HCE) and human limbal epithelial (HLE) cells were monitored under no-scratch (CON), untreated scratch (CS), scratch + plain chitosan composite (0%), scratch + 1% copper solution Cu-Ch (1%), and scratch + 2% copper solution Cu-Ch (2%) conditions...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450535/a-spatiotemporal-requirement-for-prickle-1-mediated-pcp-signaling-in-eyelid-morphogenesis-and-homeostasis
#13
Dianlei Guo, Zhaohui Yuan, Jiali Ru, Xinyu Gu, Wang Zhang, Fuxiang Mao, Hong Ouyang, Kaili Wu, Yizhi Liu, Chunqiao Liu
Purpose: Tissue closure/fusion is a fundamental process during organogenesis, driven in part by the Wnt/planar cell polarity (Wnt/PCP) pathway. This study explored the spatial and temporal aspects of PCP signaling in eyelid development through analysis of mice lacking Prickle 1, a core PCP component, and the Prickle1-dependent signaling networks underlying eyelid development. Methods: Wild type and Prickle 1 compound mutant mice with a hypomorphic and a null allele were bred and used to study eyelid morphogenesis...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435590/association-of-retinal-vascular-caliber-and-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-patients-with-the-acquired-immunodeficiency-syndrome
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Douglas A Jabs, Mark L Van Natta, Jeong Won Pak, Ronald P Danis, Peter W Hunt
Purpose: To evaluate the relationship between retinal vascular caliber and AMD in patients with AIDS. Methods: Participants enrolled in the Longitudinal Study of the Ocular Complications of AIDS had retinal photographs taken at enrollment. Retinal vascular caliber (central retinal artery equivalent [CRAE] and central retinal vein equivalent [CRVE]) and intermediate-stage AMD were determined from these retinal photographs. Photographs were evaluated by graders at a centralized reading center, using the Age-Related Eye Disease Study grading system for AMD and semiautomated techniques for evaluating retinal vascular caliber...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435589/three-dimensional-cataract-crystalline-lens-imaging-with-swept-source-optical-coherence-tomography
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Alberto de Castro, Antonio Benito, Silvestre Manzanera, Juan Mompeán, Belén Cañizares, David Martínez, Jose María Marín, Ireneusz Grulkowski, Pablo Artal
Purpose: To image, describe, and characterize different features visible in the crystalline lens of older adults with and without cataract when imaged three-dimensionally with a swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) system. Methods: We used a new SS-OCT laboratory prototype designed to enhance the visualization of the crystalline lens and imaged the entire anterior segment of both eyes in two groups of participants: patients scheduled to undergo cataract surgery, n = 17, age range 36 to 91 years old, and volunteers without visual complains, n = 14, age range 20 to 81 years old...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435588/everest-report-5-clinical-outcomes-and-treatment-response-of-polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy-subtypes-in-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Colin S Tan, Louis W Lim, Wei Kiong Ngo, Tock Han Lim
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) subtypes among patients from a multicenter randomized controlled trial and to determine the impact of PCV subtypes on clinical outcomes. Methods: This was a prospective cohort study of 61 patients with macular PCV from the EVEREST study. Indocyanine green (ICGA) and fluorescein angiography (FA) obtained using standardized imaging protocols were graded to classify PCV into three subtypes...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435587/a-disease-associated-microrna-cluster-links-inflammatory-pathways-and-an-altered-composition-of-leukocyte-subsets-to-noninfectious-uveitis
#17
Fleurieke H Verhagen, Cornelis P J Bekker, Marzia Rossato, Sanne Hiddingh, Lieuwe de Vries, Abhinandan Devaprasad, Aridaman Pandit, Jeannette Ossewaarde-van Norel, Ninette Ten Dam, Maartje C A Moret-Pot, Saskia M Imhof, Joke H de Boer, Timothy R D J Radstake, Jonas J W Kuiper
Purpose: The cause of noninfectious uveitis (NIU) is poorly understood but is considered to be mediated by a complex interplay between genetic, environmental, and-relatively unexplored-epigenetic factors. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are noncoding small RNAs that are important epigenetic regulators implicated in pathologic signaling. Therefore, we mapped the circulating miRNA-ome of NIU patients and studied miRNA perturbations within the broader context of the immune system. Methods: We designed a strategy to robustly identify changes in the miRNA profiles of two independent cohorts totaling 54 untreated patients with active and eye-restricted disease and 26 age-matched controls...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417145/stargardt-phenotype-associated-with-two-elovl4-promoter-variants-and-elovl4-downregulation-new-possible-perspective-to-etiopathogenesis
#18
Luigi Donato, Concetta Scimone, Carmela Rinaldi, Pasquale Aragona, Silvana Briuglia, Angela D'Ascola, Rosalia D'Angelo, Antonina Sidoti
Purpose: Stargardt disease (STGD) is the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. It is inherited as autosomal recessive trait (STGD1), although STGD3 and STGD4 are inherited as autosomal dominant inheritance pattern. STGD3 is caused by mutations in the elongation of very long-chain fatty acids-like 4 (ELOVL4) gene encoding for a very long-chain fatty acid elongase. Mutations lead to a truncated Elovl4, lacking of a dilysine motif necessary for retention of transmembrane proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29411011/activation-of-the-nfat-calcium-signaling-pathway-in-human-lamina-cribrosa-cells-in-glaucoma
#19
Mustapha Irnaten, Alexander Zhdanov, Deirdre Brennan, Thomas Crotty, Abbot Clark, Dmitri Papkovsky, Colm O'Brien
Purpose: Optic nerve cupping in glaucoma is characterized by remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and fibrosis in the lamina cribrosa (LC). We have previously shown that glaucoma LC cells express raised levels of ECM genes and have elevated intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i). Raised [Ca2+]i is known to promote proliferation, activation, and contractility in fibroblasts via the calcineurin-NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T-cells) signaling pathway. In this study, we examine NFAT expression in normal and glaucoma LC cells, and investigate the effect of cyclosporin A (CsA, a known inhibitor of NFAT activity) on [Ca2+]i and ECM gene expression in normal and glaucoma LC cells...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29411010/discovery-of-a-cynomolgus-monkey-family-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
#20
Yasuhiro Ikeda, Koji M Nishiguchi, Fuyuki Miya, Nobuhiro Shimozawa, Jun Funatsu, Shunji Nakatake, Kohta Fujiwara, Takashi Tachibana, Yusuke Murakami, Toshio Hisatomi, Shigeo Yoshida, Yasuhiro Yasutomi, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Toru Nakazawa, Tatsuro Ishibashi, Koh-Hei Sonoda
Purpose: To accelerate the development of new therapies, an inherited retinal degeneration model in a nonhuman primate would be useful to confirm the efficacy in preclinical studies. In this study, we describe the discovery of retinitis pigmentosa in a cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis) pedigree. Methods: First, screening with fundus photography was performed on 1443 monkeys at the Tsukuba Primate Research Center. Ophthalmic examinations, such as indirect ophthalmoscopy, ERGs using RETeval, and optic coherent tomography (OCT) measurement, were then performed to confirm diagnosis...
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