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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310964/early-patterns-of-macular-degeneration-in-abca4-associated-retinopathy
#1
Kamron N Khan, Melissa Kasilian, Omar A R Mahroo, Preena Tanna, Angelos Kalitzeos, Anthony G Robson, Kazushige Tsunoda, Takeshi Iwata, Anthony T Moore, Kaoru Fujinami, Michel Michaelides
PURPOSE: To describe the earliest features of ABCA4-associated retinopathy. DESIGN: Case series. PARTICIPANTS: Children with a clinical and molecular diagnosis of ABCA4-associated retinopathy without evidence of macular atrophy. METHODS: The retinal phenotype was characterized by color fundus photography, OCT, fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging, electroretinography, and in 2 patients, adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO)...
January 5, 2018: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229934/bis-monoacylglycero-phosphate-lipids-in-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium-implicate-lysosomal-endosomal-dysfunction-in-a-model-of-stargardt-disease-and-human-retinas
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David M G Anderson, Zsolt Ablonczy, Yiannis Koutalos, Anne M Hanneken, Jeffrey M Spraggins, M Wade Calcutt, Rosalie K Crouch, Richard M Caprioli, Kevin L Schey
Stargardt disease is a juvenile onset retinal degeneration, associated with elevated levels of lipofuscin and its bis-retinoid components, such as N-retinylidene-N-retinylethanolamine (A2E). However, the pathogenesis of Stargardt is still poorly understood and targeted treatments are not available. Utilizing high spatial and high mass resolution matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) imaging mass spectrometry (IMS), we determined alterations of lipid profiles specifically localized to the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in Abca4 -/- Stargardt model mice compared to their relevant background strain...
December 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207047/clinical-and-next-generation-sequencing-findings-in-a-chinese-family-exhibiting-severe-familial-exudative-vitreoretinopathy
#3
Ying Lin, Hongbin Gao, Chuan Chen, Yi Zhu, Tao Li, Bingqian Liu, Chenghong Ma, Hongye Jiang, Yonghao Li, Ying Huang, Qingxiu Wu, Haichun Li, Xiaoling Liang, Chenjin Jin, Jianhua Ye, Xinhua Huang, Lin Lu
Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a rare hereditary retinal disorder characterized by the premature arrest of vascularization in the peripheral retina. The aim of the present study was to characterize the clinical presentations of a Chinese family affected by bilateral severe FEVR, and to identify the underlying genetic variations. One family that presented with bilateral FEVR was recruited for this study. Comprehensive ophthalmic examinations, including best‑corrected visual acuity, slit‑lamp examination, fundus photography, fundus fluorescein angiography imaging and electroretinogram were performed...
February 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188512/dual-aav-vectors-for-stargardt-disease
#4
Ivana Trapani
Stargardt disease (STGD1), due to mutations in the large ABCA4 gene, is the most common inherited macular degeneration in humans. Attempts at developing gene therapy approaches for treatment of STGD1 are currently ongoing. Among all the vectors available for gene therapy of inherited retinal diseases, those based on adeno-associated viruses (AAV) are the most promising given the efficacy shown in various animal models and their excellent safety profile in humans, as confirmed in many ongoing clinical trials...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178665/early-impairment-of-the-full-field-photopic-negative-response-in-patients-with-stargardt-disease-and-pathogenic-variants-of-the-abca4-gene
#5
Edoardo Abed, Giorgio Placidi, Francesca Campagna, Matteo Federici, Angelo Minnella, Giulia Guerri, Matteo Bertelli, Marco Piccardi, Lucia Galli-Resta, Benedetto Falsini
BACKGROUND: To study the photopic negative response of the full-field photopic ERG in Stargardt patients with pathogenic variants in the ABCA4 gene. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 35 Stargardt patients with ABCA4 gene pathogenic variants, compared to normal age matched controls. Patients were clinically followed at the Ophthalmology Department of Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli/Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Rome, Italy. RESULTS: The photopic negative response of the full-field photopic ERG was compromised in most Stargardt patients...
November 25, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162642/abca4-midigenes-reveal-the-full-splice-spectrum-of-all-reported-noncanonical-splice-site-variants-in-stargardt-disease
#6
Riccardo Sangermano, Mubeen Khan, Stéphanie S Cornelis, Valerie Richelle, Silvia Albert, Alejandro Garanto, Duaa Elmelik, Raheel Qamar, Dorien Lugtenberg, L Ingeborgh van den Born, Rob W J Collin, Frans P M Cremers
Stargardt disease is caused by variants in the ABCA4 gene, a significant part of which are noncanonical splice site (NCSS) variants. In case a gene of interest is not expressed in available somatic cells, small genomic fragments carrying potential disease-associated variants are tested for splice abnormalities using in vitro splice assays. We recently discovered that when using small minigenes lacking the proper genomic context, in vitro results do not correlate with splice defects observed in patient cells...
November 21, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162627/a-therapeutic-combination-of-gpcr-modulators-that-protects-photoreceptors-from-degeneration
#7
Tivadar Orban, Henri Leinonen, Tamar Getter, Zhiqian Dong, Wenyu Sun, Songqi Gao, Alexander Veenstra, Hossein Heidari-Torkabadi, Timothy S Kern, Philip D Kiser, Krzysztof Palczewski
Degeneration of retinal photoreceptor cells can arise from environmental and/or genetic causes. Since photoreceptor cells, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), neurons and glial cells of the retina are intimately associated; all cell types eventually are affected by retinal degenerative diseases. Such diseases often originate either in rod and/or cone photoreceptor cells or the RPE. Of these, cone cells located in the central retina are especially important for daily human activity. Here we describe the protection of cone cells by a combination therapy consisting of the G protein-coupled receptor modulators metoprolol, tamsulosin, and bromocriptine...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145636/localization-and-functional-characterization-of-the-p-asn965ser-n965s-abca4-variant-in-mice-reveal-pathogenic-mechanisms-underlying-stargardt-macular-degeneration
#8
Laurie L Molday, Daniel Wahl, Marinko Sarunic, Robert S Molday
ABCA4 is a member of the superfamily of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins that transports N-retinylidene-phosphatidylethanolamine (N-Ret-PE) across outer segment disc membranes thereby facilitating the removal of potentially toxic retinoid compounds from photoreceptor cells. Mutations in the gene encoding ABCA4 are responsible for Stargardt disease (STGD1), an autosomal recessive retinal degenerative disease that causes severe vision loss. To define the molecular basis for STGD1 associated with the p.Asn965Ser (N965S) mutation in the Walker A motif of nucleotide binding domain 1 (NBD1), we generated a p...
November 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126757/quantifying-the-rate-of-ellipsoid-zone-loss-in-stargardt-disease
#9
Cindy X Cai, Jacob G Light, James T Handa
PURPOSE: To determine a reliable method of using the ellipsoid zone (EZ) on optical coherence tomography (OCT) to track disease progression in Stardgardt disease (STGD). DESIGN: retrospective reliability study METHODS: STGD patients with genetically confirmed ABCA4 gene mutations seen at the Wilmer Eye Institute with follow-up visits separated by at least 12 months were identified. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) macula volume scans centered at the fovea and fundus autofluorescence (FAF) images were obtained...
November 7, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114839/novel-complex-abca4-alleles-in-brazilian-patients-with-stargardt-disease-genotype-phenotype-correlation
#10
Mariana Vallim Salles, Fabiana Louise Motta, Elton Dias da Silva, Patricia Varela, Kárita Antunes Costa, Rafael Filippelli-Silva, Renan Paulo Martin, John Pei-Wen Chiang, João Bosco Pesquero, Juliana Maria Ferraz Sallum
Purpose: To analyze the presence of complex alleles of the ABCA4 gene in Brazilian patients with Stargardt disease and to assess the correlation with clinical features. Methods: This was an observational cross-sectional study. Patients with a diagnosis of Stargardt disease who presented three pathogenic variants of the ABCA4 gene or who had variants previously described as complex alleles were included. The relatives of these probands were evaluated in the segregation analysis...
November 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068140/a-founder-mutation-in-cerkl-is-a-major-cause-of-retinal-dystrophy-in-finland
#11
Kristiina Avela, Eeva-Marja Sankila, Sanna Seitsonen, Liina Kuuluvainen, Stephanie Barton, Stuart Gillies, Kristiina Aittomäki
PURPOSE: To study the genetic aetiology of retinal dystrophies (RD) in Finnish patients. METHODS: A targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) panel of 105 retinal dystrophy genes was used in a cohort of 55 RD patients. RESULTS: The overall diagnostic yield was 60% demonstrating the power of this approach. Interestingly, a missense mutation c.375C>G p.(Cys125Trp) in the CERKL gene was found in 18% of the patients in either a homozygous or compound heterozygous state...
October 25, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049734/a-computational-approach-from-gene-to-structure-analysis-of-the-human-abca4-transporter-involved-in-genetic-retinal-diseases
#12
Alfonso Trezza, Andrea Bernini, Andrea Langella, David B Ascher, Douglas E V Pires, Andrea Sodi, Ilaria Passerini, Elisabetta Pelo, Stanislao Rizzo, Neri Niccolai, Ottavia Spiga
Purpose: The aim of this article is to report the investigation of the structural features of ABCA4, a protein associated with a genetic retinal disease. A new database collecting knowledge of ABCA4 structure may facilitate predictions about the possible functional consequences of gene mutations observed in clinical practice. Methods: In order to correlate structural and functional effects of the observed mutations, the structure of mouse P-glycoprotein was used as a template for homology modeling...
October 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049437/progression-of-stargardt-disease-as-determined-by-fundus-autofluorescence-in-the-retrospective-progression-of-stargardt-disease-study-progstar-report-no-9
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Rupert W Strauss, Beatriz Muñoz, Alexander Ho, Anamika Jha, Michel Michaelides, Artur V Cideciyan, Isabelle Audo, David G Birch, Amir H Hariri, Muneeswar G Nittala, SriniVas Sadda, Sheila West, Hendrik P N Scholl
Importance: Sensitive outcome measures for disease progression are needed for treatment trials of Stargardt disease. Objective: To describe the yearly progression rate of atrophic lesions in the retrospective Progression of Stargardt Disease study. Design, Setting, and Participants: A multicenter retrospective cohort study was conducted at tertiary referral centers in the United States and Europe. A total of 251 patients aged 6 years or older at baseline, harboring disease-causing variants in ABCA4 (OMIM 601691), enrolled in the study from 9 centers between August 2, 2013, and December 12, 2014; of these patients, 215 had at least 2 gradable fundus autofluorescence images with atrophic lesion(s) present in at least 1 eye...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038010/peripheral-visual-fields-in-abca4-stargardt-disease-and-correlation-with-disease-extent-on-ultra-widefield-fundus-autofluorescence
#14
Maria Fernanda Abalem, Benjamin Otte, Chris Andrews, Katherine A Joltikov, Kari Branham, Abigail T Fahim, Dana Schlegel, Cynthia X Qian, John R Heckenlively, Thiran Jayasundera
PURPOSE: To evaluate the disease extent on ultra-widefield fundus autofluorescence (UWF-FAF) in patients with ABCA4- Stargardt disease (STGD) and correlate this data with functional outcome measures. DESIGN: Retrospective cross sectional study SETTING: Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan STUDY POPULATION: Sixty-five patients with clinical diagnosis and proven pathogenic variants in the ABCA4 gene. OBSERVATIONAL PROCEDURES: The UWF-FAF images were obtained using Optos 200- degrees and classified into three types...
October 14, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028687/hyperreflective-deposition-in-the-background-of-advanced-stargardt-disease
#15
Lyam Ciccone, Winston Lee, Jana Zernant, Koji Tanaka, Kaspar Schuerch, Stephen H Tsang, Rando Allikmets
PURPOSE: To describe an unusual manifestation of hyperreflective deposits in the subretinal space in a group of patients with clinically and genetically confirmed Stargardt disease. METHODS: Retrospective review of color fundus, autofluorescence, infrared reflectance, red-free images, and spectral domain optical coherence tomography in 296 clinically diagnosed and genetically confirmed (2 expected disease-causing mutations in ABCA4) patients with Stargardt disease...
October 12, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980559/-molecular-genetic-diagnosis-of-stargardt-disease
#16
N L Sheremet, N V Zhorzholadze, I A Ronzina, I G Grushke, S A Kurbatov, A L Chukhrova, A N Loginova, P O Shcherbakova, A S Tanas, A V Polyakov, V V Strel'nikov
AIM: To comparatively evaluate the efficacy of genetic screening in patients with Stargardt disease (SD) by using an express panel of 5 most common ABCA4 mutations and performing massive parallel sequencing of all coding regions of the ABCA4, ELOVL4, PROM1, and CNGB3 genes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: MLPA analysis for 5 ABCA4 mutations, namely p.G863A, p.L541P, p.A1038V, p.G1961E, and p.P1380L, was done in 54 patients with SD. In 25 patients, massive parallel sequencing of coding regions (exons) and neighboring introns of the ABCA4, ELOVL4, PROM1, and CNGB3 genes was also performed...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973313/metrics-and-acquisition-modes-for-fixation-stability-as-a-visual-function-biomarker
#17
MULTICENTER STUDY
Etienne M Schönbach, Mohamed A Ibrahim, Xiangrong Kong, Rupert W Strauss, Beatriz Muñoz, David G Birch, Janet S Sunness, Sheila K West, Hendrik P N Scholl
Purpose: To compare different metrics and acquisition modes of fixation stability as a new visual function biomarker in a large cohort of patients with ABCA4-related Stargardt disease from the multicenter prospective ProgStar study. Methods: Fixation was tested during a separate fixation exam and also dynamically during a sensitivity exam, using fundus-tracking microperimetry (Nidek MP-1). Fixation data were analyzed using the bivariate contour ellipse area (BCEA), the 2/4 degree method, and the Fujii classification...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947085/the-rapid-onset-chorioretinopathy-phenotype-of-abca4-disease
#18
Koji Tanaka, Winston Lee, Jana Zernant, Kaspar Schuerch, Lyam Ciccone, Stephen H Tsang, Janet R Sparrow, Rando Allikmets
PURPOSE: To characterize patients affected by a uniquely severe, rapid-onset chorioretinopathy (ROC) phenotype of ABCA4 disease. DESIGN: Comparative cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: Sixteen patients were selected from a large clinically diagnosed and genetically confirmed cohort (n = 300) of patients diagnosed with ABCA4 disease. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Phenotypic characteristics were assessed on color fundus photographs, short-wavelength autofluorescence (488-nm), and near-infrared autofluorescence (NIR-AF, 787-nm) images...
September 22, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945494/identification-of-the-genetic-determinants-responsible-for-retinal-degeneration-in-families-of-mexican-descent
#19
Adda Villanueva, Pooja Biswas, Kameron Kishaba, John Suk, Keerti Tadimeti, Pongali B Raghavendra, Karine Nadeau, Bruno Lamontagne, Lambert Busque, Steve Geoffroy, Ian Mongrain, Géraldine Asselin, Sylvie Provost, Marie-Pierre Dubé, Eric Nudleman, Radha Ayyagari
PURPOSE: To investigate the clinical characteristics and genetic basis of inherited retinal degeneration (IRD) in six unrelated pedigrees from Mexico. METHODS: A complete ophthalmic evaluation including measurement of visual acuities, Goldman kinetic or Humphrey dynamic perimetry, Amsler test, fundus photography, and color vision testing was performed. Family history and blood samples were collected from available family members. DNA from members of two pedigrees was examined for known mutations using the APEX ARRP genotyping microarray and one pedigree using the APEX LCA genotyping microarray...
September 25, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919188/-contribution-of-multimodal-imaging-in-the-various-stages-of-stargardt-disease
#20
L El Matri, Y Falfoul, M Kortli, A Hassairi, H Charfi, A Turki, F Kort, A Chebil
PURPOSE: To describe the contribution of multimodal imaging in the various stages of Stargardt disease (STGD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 46 eyes of 23 STGD patients with identified ABCA4 mutations. All patients underwent a complete ophthalmic examination, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), fundus autofluorescence (FAF), fluorescein angiography (FA) and Indocyanine green angiography (ICGA). RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 25...
October 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
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