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Molecular Vision

Ji-Eun Im, Sun-Hwa Song, Wonhee Suh
PURPOSE: Stem cell factor (SCF) has been recently acknowledged as a novel endothelial permeability factor. However, the mechanisms by which SCF-induced activation of the SCF cognate receptor, cKit, enhances endothelial permeability have not been fully elucidated. This study aimed to investigate the role of Src in SCF-induced breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier (BRB). METHODS: In vitro endothelial permeability and in vivo retinal vascular permeability assays were performed to investigate the role of Src in SCF-induced breakdown of the BRB...
2016: Molecular Vision
Laura Contreras, Laura Ramirez, Jianhai Du, James B Hurley, Jorgina Satrústegui, Pedro de la Villa
PURPOSE: To characterize the vision phenotype of mice lacking Aralar/AGC1/Slc25a12, the mitochondrial aspartate-glutamate carrier mutated in global cerebral hypomyelination (OMIM 612949). METHODS: We tested overnight dark-adapted control and aralar-deficient mice for the standard full electroretinogram (ERG) response. The metabolic stress of dark-adaptation was reduced by 5 min illumination after which the ERG response was monitored in darkness. We used the electrical response to two identical saturating light flashes (paired-flash stimulation) to isolate the inner retina and photoreceptor responses...
2016: Molecular Vision
Jun Shao, Yong Yao
PURPOSE: The apoptosis of human umbilical vein endothelial cells has been reportedly induced by the protein transthyretin (TTR). In human ocular tissue, TTR is generally considered to be secreted mainly by retinal pigment epithelial cells (hRPECs); however, whether TTR affects the development of neovascularization in diabetic retinopathy (DR) remains unclear. METHODS: Natural and simulated DR media were used to culture human retinal microvascular endothelial cells (hRECs)...
2016: Molecular Vision
Xue Cai, Sudipta Seal, James F McGinnis
PURPOSE: We have shown that cerium oxide nanoparticles (nanoceria), with unique characteristics and catalytic activities, are retained in the retina for more than 1 year after a single intravitreal injection and can be potentially used for the treatment of a variety of eye diseases. The objective of this study is to determine whether the retention of nanoceria in the eye causes inflammation or adverse side effects. METHODS: Wild-type (C57BL/6J) mice at P30 were intravitreally injected with several concentrations of nanoceria...
2016: Molecular Vision
Siobhan Eustace Ryan, Fergus Ryan, Veronica O'Dwyer, Derek Neylan
PURPOSE: Approximately 95% of patients who are diagnosed with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) have one of three mitochondrial point mutations responsible for the disease, G3460A, G11778A, and T14484C. The purpose of this study was to develop a novel multiplex real-time amplification-refractory mutation system (ARMS) PCR combined with high-resolution melt curves to identify the individual mutations involved. The study aimed to provide a more robust, cost- and time-effective mutation detection strategy than that offered with currently available methods...
2016: Molecular Vision
R Krishnan Kutty, William Samuel, Kaifa Boyce, Aswini Cherukuri, Todd Duncan, Cynthia Jaworski, Chandrasekharam N Nagineni, T Michael Redmond
PURPOSE: Proinflammatory cytokines interferon gamma (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) secreted by infiltrating lymphocytes or macrophages may play a role in triggering RPE dysfunction associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Binding of these proinflammatory cytokines to their specific receptors residing on the RPE cell surface can activate signaling pathways that, in turn, may dysregulate cellular gene expression. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether IFN-γ, TNF-α, and IL-1β have an adverse effect on the expression of genes essential for RPE function, employing the RPE cell line ARPE-19 as a model system...
2016: Molecular Vision
John W Wizeman, Anthony P Nicholas, Akihito Ishigami, Royce Mohan
PURPOSE: A hallmark of retinal gliosis is the increased detection and modification of the type III intermediate filament (IF) proteins vimentin and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). Here, we investigated vimentin and GFAP in Müller glia in a mouse model of alkali injury, focusing on the posttranslational modification of citrullination. METHODS: Mice were injured by corneal exposure to 1.0 N NaOH, and eyes were enucleated at different time points following injury...
2016: Molecular Vision
Ruixing Liu, Yanling Wang, Mingliang Pu, Jie Gao
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to determine whether alpha lipoic acid (ALA) promotes the survival of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in a rat model of optic nerve crush (ONC) injury and to investigate the neuroprotective mechanisms of ALA in the retina in this ONC injury model. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (180-220 g) were subjected to ONC injury surgery. ALA (63 mg/kg) was injected intravenously 1 day before or after the ONC injury. Animals were euthanized after 10 days, and the number of ganglion cells positive for RNA-binding protein with multiple splicing (Rbpms), which is an RGC marker, were counted on the whole mount retinas...
2016: Molecular Vision
Reeshan Ul Quraish, Norihiro Sudou, Kaori Nomura-Komoike, Fumi Sato, Hiroki Fujieda
PURPOSE: p27(KIP1) (p27), originally identified as a cell cycle inhibitor, is now known to have multifaceted roles beyond cell cycle regulation. p27 is required for the normal histogenesis of the RPE, but the role of p27 in the mature RPE remains elusive. To define the role of p27 in the maintenance and function of the RPE, we investigated the effects of p27 deletion on the responses of the RPE after photoreceptor damage. METHODS: Photoreceptor damage was induced in wild-type (WT) and p27 knockout (KO) mice with N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) treatment...
2016: Molecular Vision
Jose L Diego, Luke Bidikov, Michelle G Pedler, Jeffrey B Kennedy, Hugo Quiroz-Mercado, Darren G Gregory, J Mark Petrash, Emily A McCourt
PURPOSE: Dry eye syndrome (DES) affects millions of people worldwide. Homeopathic remedies to treat a wide variety of ocular diseases have previously been documented in the literature, but little systematic work has been performed to validate the remedies' efficacy using accepted laboratory models of disease. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of human milk and nopal cactus (prickly pear), two widely used homeopathic remedies, as agents to reduce pathological markers of DES...
2016: Molecular Vision
Holly Yu Chen, Koray Dogan Kaya, Lijin Dong, Anand Swaroop
PURPOSE: The generation of three-dimensional (3D) organoids with optic cup-like structures from pluripotent stem cells has created opportunities for investigating mammalian retinal development in vitro. However, retinal organoids in culture do not completely reflect the developmental state and in vivo architecture of the rod-dominant mouse retina. The goals of this study were to develop an efficient protocol for generating retinal organoids from stem cells and examine the morphogenesis of rods in vitro...
2016: Molecular Vision
Rebecca J Sardell, Jessica N Cooke Bailey, Monique D Courtenay, Patrice Whitehead, Reneé A Laux, Larry D Adams, Jorge A Fortun, Milam A Brantley, Jaclyn L Kovach, Stephen G Schwartz, Anita Agarwal, William K Scott, Jonathan L Haines, Margaret A Pericak-Vance
PURPOSE: Demographic, environmental, and genetic risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been identified; however, a substantial portion of the variance in AMD disease risk and heritability remains unexplained. To identify AMD risk variants and generate hypotheses for future studies, we performed whole exome sequencing for 75 individuals whose phenotype was not well predicted by their genotype at known risk loci. We hypothesized that these phenotypically extreme individuals were more likely to carry rare risk or protective variants with large effect sizes...
2016: Molecular Vision
Nitasha R Phatak, Dorota L Stankowska, Raghu R Krishnamoorthy
PURPOSE: Brn3b is a class IV POU domain transcription factor that plays an important role in the development of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), RGC survival, and particularly axon growth and pathfinding. Our previous study demonstrated that recombinant adenoassociated virus serotype 2 (rAAV-2)-mediated overexpression of Brn3b in RGCs promoted neuroprotection in a rodent model of glaucoma. However, the mechanisms underlying neuroprotection of RGCs in rats overexpressing Brn3b in animal models of glaucoma remain largely unknown...
2016: Molecular Vision
Jaya Singh, Avshesh Mishra, Arunachalam Jayamuruga Pandian, Ashwin C Mallipatna, Vikas Khetan, S Sripriya, Suman Kapoor, Smita Agarwal, Satish Sankaran, Shanmukh Katragadda, Vamsi Veeramachaneni, Ramesh Hariharan, Kalyanasundaram Subramanian, Ashraf U Mannan
PURPOSE: Retinoblastoma (Rb) is the most common primary intraocular cancer of childhood and one of the major causes of blindness in children. India has the highest number of patients with Rb in the world. Mutations in the RB1 gene are the primary cause of Rb, and heterogeneous mutations are distributed throughout the entire length of the gene. Therefore, genetic testing requires screening of the entire gene, which by conventional sequencing is time consuming and expensive. METHODS: In this study, we screened the RB1 gene in the DNA isolated from blood or saliva samples of 50 unrelated patients with Rb using the TruSight Cancer panel...
2016: Molecular Vision
Paulo Maurício do Amôr Divino Miranda, Sueli Matilde da Silva-Costa, Juliane Cristina Balieiro, Marcela Scabello Amaral Fernandes, Rogério Marins Alves, Andrea Trevas Maciel Guerra, Ana Maria Marcondes, Edi Lúcia Sartorato
PURPOSE: Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is a mitochondrial disease characterized by bilateral vision loss. More than 95% of LHON cases are associated with one of the three main mtDNA mutations: G11778A, T14484C, and G3460A. The other 5% of cases are due to other rare mutations related to the disease. The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence and spectrum of LHON mtDNA mutations, including the haplogroup, in a cohort of Brazilian patients with optic neuropathy and to evaluate the usefulness of iPLEX Gold/matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) technology in detecting LHON mutations...
2016: Molecular Vision
Sang-Min Baek, Seung-Young Yu, Youngsook Son, Hyun Sook Hong
PURPOSE: Senescence of the retina causes an accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Oxidative stress associated with ROS can damage RPE cells, leading to neovascularization and severe ocular disorders, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Thus, the early treatment of the damage caused by oxidative stress is critical for preventing the development of ocular diseases such as AMD. In this study, we examined the role of substance P (SP) in the recovery of RPE cells damaged by oxidative stress...
2016: Molecular Vision
Hui Chen, Xiongze Zhang, Nanying Liao, Feng Wen
PURPOSE: Trans-signaling of interleukin (IL)-6 through its soluble receptor (sIL-6R) is critically involved in the promotion of chronic inflammatory diseases. The aim of the present study was to estimate IL-6, sIL-6R, and soluble gp130 (sgp130, a natural antagonist of IL-6 trans-signaling) concentrations in the serum and aqueous humor (AqH) of patients with diabetic retinopathy (DR). METHODS: Paired AqH and serum samples were collected from 152 consecutive diabetic patients (105 with DR and 47 without DR, NDR) and 51 healthy controls...
2016: Molecular Vision
Petr Walczysko, Ann M Rajnicek, J Martin Collinson
PURPOSE: Patients with a heterozygous mutation in the gene encoding the transcription factor, PAX6, have a degenerative corneal opacity associated with failure of normal radial epithelial cell migration across the corneal surface and a reported wound healing defect. This study investigated the guidance mechanisms that drive the directed migration of corneal epithelial cells. METHODS: In vivo corneal epithelial wounding was performed in adult wild-type and Pax6(+/-) mice, and the healing migration rates were compared...
2016: Molecular Vision
Paul FitzGerald, Ning Sun, Brad Shibata, John F Hess
PURPOSE: The differentiated lens fiber cell assembles a filamentous cytoskeletal structure referred to as the beaded filament (BF). The BF requires CP49 (bfsp2) and filensin (bfsp1) for assembly, both of which are highly divergent members of the large intermediate filament (IF) family of proteins. Thus far, these two proteins have been reported only in the differentiated lens fiber cell. For this reason, both proteins have been considered robust markers of fiber cell differentiation. We report here that both proteins are also expressed in the mouse lens epithelium, but only after 5 weeks of age...
2016: Molecular Vision
Hasna Lahouaoui, Christine Coutanson, Howard M Cooper, Mohamed Bennis, Ouria Dkhissi-Benyahya
PURPOSE: Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common consequences of diabetes that affects millions of working-age adults worldwide and leads to progressive degeneration of the retina, visual loss, and blindness. Diabetes is associated with circadian disruption of the central and peripheral circadian clocks, but the mechanisms responsible for such alterations are unknown. Using a streptozotocin (STZ)-induced model of diabetes, we investigated whether diabetes alters 1) the circadian regulation of clock genes in the retina and in the central clocks, 2) the light response of clock genes in the retina, and/or 3) light-driven retinal dopamine (DA), a major output marker of the retinal clock...
2016: Molecular Vision
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