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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346613/protective-effect-of-met12-a-small-peptide-inhibitor-of-fas-on-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium-and-photoreceptor-after-sodium-iodate-injury
#1
Jianhui Xiao, Jingyu Yao, Lin Jia, Chengmao Lin, David N Zacks
Purpose: A major problem in macular degeneration is the inability to reduce RPE and photoreceptor death. These cells die by necroptosis and apoptosis, respectively, but the upstream activator(s) of these death pathways is unknown. In this study, we use the sodium iodate (NaIO3) model of oxidative stress to test the hypothesis that activation of the Fas receptor contributes to the death of the RPE and photoreceptors. Methods: Sodium iodate was injected in Brown-Norway rats via femoral vein injection...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346545/aqueous-cytokine-levels-are-associated-with-reduced-macular-thickness-after-intravitreal-ranibizumab-for-diabetic-macular-edema
#2
Tomoyasu Shiraya, Satoshi Kato, Fumiyuki Araki, Takashi Ueta, Tempei Miyaji, Takuhiro Yamaguchi
PURPOSE: It is controversial whether the administration of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor drugs for diabetic macular edema (DME) affects intraocular inflammatory cytokines. In this study, we measured cytokine concentration in aqueous humor before and after intravitreal injection of ranibizumab (IVR). The aim was to determine changes in cytokine concentration and their effects on DME reduction. METHODS: Twelve patients (13 eyes) with DME received two IVR (0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346429/deletion-of-endothelial-cell-specific-liver-kinase-b1-increases-angiogenesis-and-tumor-growth-via-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
#3
W Zhang, Y Ding, C Zhang, Q Lu, Z Liu, K Coughlan, I Okon, M-H Zou
Liver kinase B1 (LKB1) is a serine/threonine protein kinase ubiquitously expressed in mammalian cells. It was first identified in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome as a tumor suppressor gene. Whether endothelial LKB1 regulates angiogenesis and tumor growth is unknown. In this study, we generated endothelial cell-specific LKB1-knockout (LKB1(endo-/-)) mice by crossbreeding vascular endothelial-cadherin-Cre mice with LKB1(flox/flox) mice. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) level was highly co-stained in endothelial cells but not in macrophages in LKB1(endo-/-) mice...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345876/engineering-cellular-microenvironments-with-photo-and-enzymatically-responsive-hydrogels-toward-biomimetic-3d-cell-culture-models
#4
Roger Y Tam, Laura J Smith, Molly S Shoichet
Conventional cell culture techniques using 2D polystyrene or glass have provided great insight into key biochemical mechanisms responsible for cellular events such as cell proliferation, differentiation, and cell-cell interactions. However, the physical and chemical properties of 2D culture in vitro are dramatically different than those found in the native cellular microenvironment in vivo. Cells grown on 2D substrates differ significantly from those grown in vivo, and this explains, in part, why many promising drug candidates discovered through in vitro drug screening assays fail when they are translated to in vivo animal or human models...
March 27, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345586/new-insights-into-mononuclear-phagocyte-biology-from-the-visual-system
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REVIEW
Nancy J Reyes, Emily G O'Koren, Daniel R Saban
Major advances in mononuclear phagocyte biology have been made but key questions pertinent to their roles in health and disease remain, including in the visual system. One problem concerns how dendritic cells can trigger immune responses from certain tightly regulated immune- privileged sites of the eye. Another, albeit separate, problem involves whether there are functional specializations for microglia versus monocytes in retinal neurodegeneration. In this Review, we examine novel insights in eye immune privilege and, separately, we discuss recent inroads concerning retinal degeneration...
March 27, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345567/retina-and-the-tubercle-bacillus-four-decades-of-our-journey-and-current-understanding
#6
Pradeep Venkatesh
Tuberculosis continues to be a major pandemic with enormous public health implication. Involvement of ocular tissues in the form of tubercles, tuberculomas, panophthalmitis, and iris granulomas are well recognized as definitive manifestations of tuberculosis. For these lesions, confirmatory evidence is available in the form of demonstration of acid-fast Bacillus on Ziehl-Neelsen staining. For other retinochoroidal disorders such as central serous chorioretinopathy, retinal vasculitis, and presumed ocular tuberculosis, hard evidence about the role of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is lacking...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345544/retinal-vascular-morphological-changes-in-patients-with-extremely-severe-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome
#7
Xiao-Yi Wang, Shuang Wang, Xue Liu, Xiu Ding, Meng Li, De-Min Han
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) has been shown to generate hypertension and endothelial dysfunction. Retinal vessel is the only vessel that can be observed directly and noninvasively; retinal vascular abnormalities can serve as a predictive marker for the occurrence, clinical course, and prognosis of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. The objective of this study was to identify the effect of OSAS severity on the morphological changes of retinal vessels. METHODS: Adult patients complained of snoring were included in this study...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345241/the-new-swedish-report-on-shaken-baby-syndrome-is-misleading
#8
Kerstin Hellgren, Ann Hellström, Anna-Lena Hård, Lena Jacobson, Ulrika Lidén, Stefan Löfgren, Kristina Teär Fahnehjelm, Jan Ygge
In this issue of Acta Paediatrica, Professor Alex Levin, Director of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Service at Wills Eye Hospital, (PA, USA), expresses relevant concerns (1) about a report produced by the Swedish Agency for Technology Assessment of Health and Social Services (SBU) (2) and summarized in a paper by Lynøe et al (3). He also provides necessary input on the importance of the morphology and distribution of retinal hemorrhages in diagnosing different causes of retinal bleedings. SBU undertakes independent assessments of methods used in health, medical, dental and social services and services provided to persons with certain functional disabilities...
March 27, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345128/rs9-a-novel-nrf2-activator-attenuates-light-induced-death-of-cells-of-photoreceptor-cells-and-m%C3%A3-ller-glia-cells
#9
Yuki Inoue, Masamitsu Shimazawa, Yasuhiro Noda, Ryota Nagano, Tomohiro Otsuka, Yoshiki Kuse, Yukimichi Nakano, Kazuhiro Tsuruma, Yasuhiro Nakagami, Hideaki Hara
The retina is highly sensitive to oxidative stress because of its high consumption of oxygen associated with the phototransductional processes. Recent findings have suggested that oxidative stress is involved in the pathology of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive degeneration of the central retina. A well-known environmental risk factor is light exposure, as excessive and continuous light exposure can damage photoreceptors. Nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcriptional factor that controls antioxidative responses and phase 2 enzymes...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344667/m%C3%A3-ller-cells-and-retinal-axons-can-be-primary-targets-in-experimental-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
#10
REVIEW
Bleranda Zeka, Hans Lassmann, Monika Bradl
Recent work from our laboratory, using different models of experimental neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), has led to a number of observations that might be highly relevant for NMOSD patients. For example: (i) in the presence of neuromyelitis optica immunoglobulin G, astrocyte-destructive lesions can be initiated by CD4+ T cells when these cells recognize aquaporin 4 (AQP4), but also when they recognize other antigens of the central nervous system. The only important prerequisite is that the T cells have to be activated within the central nervous system by "their" specific antigen...
January 2017: Clinical & Experimental Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343602/intracellular-enzymes-of-the-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-for-controlled-drug-delivery
#11
EDITORIAL
Kinam Park
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343170/mirnas-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-snps-and-age-related-macular-degeneration-amd
#12
John Paul SanGiovanni, Peter M SanGiovanni, Przemysław Sapieha, Vincent De Guire
Advanced age-related macular degeneration (AAMD) is a complex sight-threating disease of public health significance. Micro RNAs (miRNAs) have been proposed as biomarkers for AAMD. The presence of certain single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may influence the explanatory value of these biomarkers. Here we present findings from an integrated approach used to determine whether AAMD-associated SNPs have the capacity to influence miRNA-mRNA pairing and, if so, to what extent such pairing may be manifested in a discrete AAMD transcriptome...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342567/ocular-ultrasound-in-a-patient-with-vitreous-haemorrhage-caused-by-a-retinal-tear
#13
F López-Herrero, J L Sánchez-Vicente, F E Molina-Sócola, A Medina-Tapia, N Seva-Silva
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 22, 2017: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342541/continuous-gradient-temperature-raman-spectroscopy-and-differential-scanning-calorimetry-of-n-3dpa-and-dha-from-100-to-10%C3%A2-c
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C Leigh Broadhurst, Walter F Schmidt, Julie K Nguyen, Jianwei Qin, Kuanglin Chao, Steven R Aubuchon, Moon S Kim
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6n-3) is exclusively utilized in fast signal processing tissues such as retinal, neural and cardiac. N-3 docosapentaenoic acid (n-3DPA, 22:5n-3), with just one less double bond, is also found in the marine food chain yet cannot substitute for DHA. Gradient temperature Raman spectroscopy (GTRS) applies the temperature gradients utilized in differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to Raman spectroscopy, providing a straightforward technique to identify molecular rearrangements that occur near and at phase transitions...
March 22, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342316/comparison-of-cytomegalovirus-cmv-specific-neutralization-capacity-of-hyperimmunoglobulin-hig-versus-standard-intravenous-immunoglobulin-ivig-preparations-impact-of-cmv-igg-normalization
#15
Matthias Stefan Schampera, Katrin Schweinzer, Harald Abele, Karl Oliver Kagan, Reinhild Klein, Ingo Rettig, Gerhard Jahn, Klaus Hamprecht
BACKGROUND: Based on a non-randomized study of Nigro et al. (2005) the intravenous administration of hyperimmunoglobulins (HIGs) is applied frequently to women with primary CMV-infection as "off-label use" in Germany. OBJECTIVES: In order to describe their CMV-specific neutralization-capacity in vitro, we analyzed the HIG preparations Cytotect(®), and Cytogam(®) as well as the standard intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) Octagam(®), Gamunex(®), Kiovig(®). STUDY DESIGN: We performed short-term cell-free CMV neutralization assays (CFNT) and long-term cell-adapted neutralization-plaque-reduction assays (PRANT)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341839/therapeutic-efficacy-of-neural-stem-cells-originating-from-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-diabetic-retinopathy
#16
Wei Zhang, Yuexin Wang, Jiahui Kong, Meng Dong, Hongtao Duan, Song Chen
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of intravitreal injection of neural stem cells (NSCs) originating from human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) on neurodegeneration of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in rats. UC-MSCs were isolated and passaged, followed by induction to NSCs in neural differentiation medium. Four weeks following NSC transplantation, treatment attenuated retinal vascular dysfunction compared with non-treated rats, and BDNF and Thy-1 expression was significantly higher in the treated group than in the control group...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341831/the-relationship-between-retinal-nerve-fibre-layer-thickness-profiles-and-corvisst-tonometry-measured-biomechanical-properties-in-young-healthy-subjects
#17
Masato Matsuura, Hiroshi Murata, Shunsuke Nakakura, Yoshitaka Nakao, Takehiro Yamashita, Kazunori Hirasawa, Yuri Fujino, Yoshiaki Kiuchi, Ryo Asaoka
We previously reported that a shallow circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (cpRNFL) peak angle as measured by optical coherence tomography (OCT) suggests the temporal retina is stretched around the optic disc from the papillo-macular bundle (Yamashita T et al. Investigative Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2013). The purpose of the current study was to investigate the relationship between CorvisST tonometry (CST) corneal measurements, axial length (AL) and the change in OCT-measured cpRNFL peak angle, in young healthy subjects...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341661/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a165b-ameliorates-outer-retinal-barrier-and-vascular-dysfunction-in-the-diabetic-retina
#18
Nikita Ved, Richard P Hulse, Samuel M Bestall, Lucy F Donaldson, James W Bainbridge, David Bates
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the developed world. Characteristic features of DR are retinal neurodegeneration, pathological angiogenesis and breakdown of both the inner and outer retinal barriers of the retinal vasculature and RPE-choroid respectively. Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF), a key regulator of angiogenesis and permeability, is the target of most pharmacological interventions of DR. VEGF-A can be alternatively spliced at exon 8 to form 2 families of isoforms, pro- and anti-angiogenic...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341548/cos2-kif7-and-osm-3-kif17-regulate-onset-of-outer-segment-development-in-zebrafish-photoreceptors-through-distinct-mechanisms
#19
Tylor R Lewis, Sean R Kundinger, Amira L Pavlovich, Jonathan R Bostrom, Brian A Link, Joseph C Besharse
Zebrafish morphants of osm-3/kif17, a kinesin-2 family member and intraflagellar transport motor, have photoreceptor outer segments that are dramatically reduced in number and size. However, two genetic mutant lines, osm-3/kif17(sa0119) and osm-3/kif17(sa18340), reportedly lack any observable morphological outer segment defects. In this work, we use TALENs to generate an independent allele, osm-3/kif17(mw405), and show that both osm-3/kif17(sa0119) and osm-3/kif17(mw405) have an outer segment developmental delay in both size and density that is fully recovered by 6 days post-fertilization...
March 21, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341476/panel-based-clinical-genetic-testing-in-85-children-with-inherited-retinal-disease
#20
Rachel L Taylor, Neil R A Parry, Stephanie J Barton, Christopher Campbell, Claire M Delaney, Jamie M Ellingford, Georgina Hall, Claire Hardcastle, Jiten Morarji, Elisabeth J Nichol, Lindsi C Williams, Sofia Douzgou, Jill Clayton-Smith, Simon C Ramsden, Vinod Sharma, Susmito Biswas, I Chris Lloyd, Jane L Ashworth, Graeme C Black, Panagiotis I Sergouniotis
PURPOSE: To assess the clinical usefulness of genetic testing in a pediatric population with inherited retinal disease (IRD). DESIGN: Single-center retrospective case series. PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-five unrelated children with a diagnosis of isolated or syndromic IRD who were referred for clinical genetic testing between January 2014 and July 2016. METHODS: Participants underwent a detailed ophthalmic examination, accompanied by electrodiagnostic testing (EDT) and dysmorphologic assessment where appropriate...
March 21, 2017: Ophthalmology
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