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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934388/loss-of-slc25a46-causes-neurodegeneration-by-affecting-mitochondrial-dynamics-and-energy-production-in-mice
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Zhuo Li, Yanyan Peng, Robert B Hufnagel, Yueh-Chiang Hu, Chuntao Zhao, Luis F Queme, Zaza Khuchua, Ashley M Driver, Fei Dong, Q Richard Lu, Diana M Lindquist, Michael P Jankowski, Rolf W Stottmann, Winston W Y Kao, Taosheng Huang
Recently, we identified biallelic mutations of SLC25A46 in patients with multiple neuropathies. Functional studies revealed that SLC25A46 may play an important role in mitochondrial dynamics by mediating mitochondrial fission. However, the cellular basis and pathogenic mechanism of the SLC25A46-related neuropathies are not fully understood. Thus, we generated a Slc25a46 knock-out mouse model. Mice lacking SLC25A46 displayed severe ataxia, mainly caused by degeneration of Purkinje cells. Increased numbers of small, unmyelinated and degenerated optic nerves as well as loss of retinal ganglion cells indicated optic atrophy...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930884/rate-of-macular-ganglion-cell-inner-plexiform-layer-thinning-in-glaucomatous-eyes-with-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-inhibition
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Won June Lee, Young Kook Kim, Yong Woo Kim, Jin Wook Jeoung, Seok Hwan Kim, Jang Won Heo, Hyeong Gon Yu, Ki Ho Park
PURPOSE: To evaluate the rate of progressive macular ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer (GCIPL) thinning in patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG) who had been treated with intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) injection for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: This study was a retrospective modified case control study with fellow-eye comparison. We enrolled bilateral OAG patients who had been treated with repeated anti-VEGF injections for unilateral wet AMD and followed-up on for a minimum of 24 months by Cirrus high-definition optical coherence tomography (HD-OCT)...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930702/gcamp-expression-in-retinal-ganglion-cells-characterized-using-a-low-cost-fundus-imaging-system
#3
Yao-Chuan Chang, Steven T Walston, Robert H Chow, James D Weiland
OBJECTIVE: Virus-transduced, intracellular-calcium indicators are effective reporters of neural activity, offering the advantage of cell-specific labeling. Due to the existence of an optimal time window for the expression of calcium indicators, a suitable tool for tracking GECI expression in vivo following transduction is highly desirable. APPROACH: We developed a noninvasive imaging approach based on a custom-modified, low-cost fundus viewing system that allowed us to monitor and characterize in vivo bright-field and fluorescence images of the mouse retina...
October 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930148/elongation-of-axon-extension-for-human-ipsc-derived-retinal-ganglion-cells-by-a-nano-imprinted-scaffold
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Tien-Chun Yang, Jen-Hua Chuang, Waradee Buddhakosai, Wen-Ju Wu, Chen-Ju Lee, Wun-Syuan Chen, Yi-Ping Yang, Ming-Chia Li, Chi-Hsien Peng, Shih-Jen Chen
Optic neuropathies, such as glaucoma and Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) lead to retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss and therefore motivate the application of transplantation technique into disease therapy. However, it is a challenge to direct the transplanted optic nerve axons to the correct location of the retina. The use of appropriate scaffold can promote the proper axon growth. Recently, biocompatible materials have been integrated into the medical field, such as tissue engineering and reconstruction of damaged tissues or organs...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928966/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-in-glaucoma-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Kelvin H Wan, Christopher K S Leung
The advent of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) provides a new opportunity to visualize the retinal vasculature in a non-invasive and dye-free manner which may help identify vascular abnormalities in glaucoma. While a reduction in retinal and optic nerve head vessel densities and blood flow indexes measured by OCT-A has been demonstrated in patients with glaucoma in many studies, it is unclear whether OCT-A provides additional information for the detection and monitoring of glaucoma compared with OCT measurements such as retinal nerve fiber layer thickness, neuroretinal rim width, and ganglion cell inner plexiform layer thickness...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928631/glaucoma-biological-trabecular-and-neuroretinal-pathology-with-perspectives-of-therapy-innovation-and-preventive-diagnosis
#6
REVIEW
Raffaele Nuzzi, Federico Tridico
Glaucoma is a common degenerative disease affecting retinal ganglion cells (RGC) and optic nerve axons, with progressive and chronic course. It is one of the most important reasons of social blindness in industrialized countries. Glaucoma can lead to the development of irreversible visual field loss, if not treated. Diagnosis may be difficult due to lack of symptoms in early stages of disease. In many cases, when patients arrive at clinical evaluation, a severe neuronal damage may have already occurred. In recent years, newer perspective in glaucoma treatment have emerged...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926578/tet-mediated-dna-hydroxymethylation-regulates-retinal-neurogenesis-by-modulating-cell-extrinsic-signaling-pathways
#7
Pawat Seritrakul, Jeffrey M Gross
DNA hydroxymethylation has recently been shown to play critical roles in regulating gene expression and terminal differentiation events in a variety of developmental contexts. However, little is known about its function during eye development. Methylcytosine dioxygenases of the Tet family convert 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), an epigenetic mark thought to serve as a precursor for DNA demethylation and as a stable mark in neurons. Here, we report a requirement for Tet activity during zebrafish retinal neurogenesis...
September 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926564/probabilistic-models-for-neural-populations-that-naturally-capture-global-coupling-and-criticality
#8
Jan Humplik, Gašper Tkačik
Advances in multi-unit recordings pave the way for statistical modeling of activity patterns in large neural populations. Recent studies have shown that the summed activity of all neurons strongly shapes the population response. A separate recent finding has been that neural populations also exhibit criticality, an anomalously large dynamic range for the probabilities of different population activity patterns. Motivated by these two observations, we introduce a class of probabilistic models which takes into account the prior knowledge that the neural population could be globally coupled and close to critical...
September 19, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925883/novel-therapeutics-in-glaucoma-management
#9
Claudio Bucolo, Chiara Bianca Maria Platania, Filippo Drago, Michele Reibaldi, Vincenza Bonfiglio, Teresio Avitabile, Maurizio Uva
Glaucoma is a progressive optic neuropathy characterized by retinal ganglion cell death and alterations of visual field. Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is considered the main risk factor of glaucoma, even though other factors cannot be ruled out, such as epigenetic mechanisms. An overview of the ultimate promising experimental drugs to manage glaucoma has been provided. In particular, we have focused on purinergic ligands, KATP channel activators, gases (nitric oxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide), non-glucocorticoid steroidal compounds, neurotrophic factors, PI3K/Akt activators, citicoline, histone deacetylase inhibitors, cannabinoids, dopamine and serotonin receptors ligands, small interference RNA, and Rho kinase inhibitors...
September 15, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920924/impaired-angiopoietin-tie2-signaling-compromises-schlemm-s-canal-integrity-and-induces-glaucoma
#10
Jaeryung Kim, Dae-Young Park, Hosung Bae, Do Young Park, Dongkyu Kim, Choong-Kun Lee, Sukhyun Song, Tae-Young Chung, Dong Hui Lim, Yoshiaki Kubota, Young-Kwon Hong, Yulong He, Hellmut G Augustin, Guillermo Oliver, Gou Young Koh
Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is often caused by elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), which arises due to increased resistance to aqueous humor outflow (AHO). Aqueous humor flows through Schlemm's canal (SC), a lymphatic-like vessel encircling the cornea, and via intercellular spaces of ciliary muscle cells. However, the mechanisms underlying increased AHO resistance are poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that signaling between angiopoietin (Angpt) and the Angpt receptor Tie2, which is critical for SC formation, is also indispensable for maintaining SC integrity during adulthood...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920886/retinal-layer-segmentation-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Axel Petzold, Laura J Balcer, Peter A Calabresi, Fiona Costello, Teresa C Frohman, Elliot M Frohman, Elena H Martinez-Lapiscina, Ari J Green, Randy Kardon, Olivier Outteryck, Friedemann Paul, Sven Schippling, Patrik Vermersch, Pablo Villoslada, Lisanne J Balk
BACKGROUND: Structural retinal imaging biomarkers are important for early recognition and monitoring of inflammation and neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis. With the introduction of spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), supervised automated segmentation of individual retinal layers is possible. We aimed to investigate which retinal layers show atrophy associated with neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis when measured with SD-OCT. METHODS: In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we searched for studies in which SD-OCT was used to look at the retina in people with multiple sclerosis with or without optic neuritis in PubMed, Web of Science, and Google Scholar between Nov 22, 1991, and April 19, 2016...
October 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919536/neuroprotective-effect-of-5%C3%A9-androst-3%C3%AE-5-6%C3%AE-triol-on-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-a-rat-chronic-ocular-hypertension-model
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Yan-Qiu Chen, Shu-Min Zhong, Shu-Ting Liu, Feng Gao, Fang Li, Yuan Zhao, Xing-Huai Sun, Yanying Miao, Zhongfeng Wang
Previous studies have demonstrated that 5ɑ-androst-3β,5,6β-triol (Triol), a synthesized steroid compound, showed notable neuroprotective effect in cultured cortical neurons. In the present study, we explored whether and how Triol have neuroprotective effect on retinal ganglion cells(RGCs) in a chronic ocular hypertension(COH) rat model. COH model was produced by injecting superparamagnetic iron oxide micro-beads into the anterior chamber, and Triol was administrated(4.8μg/100g, i.p., once daily for 4 weeks)...
September 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919108/the-renin-angiotensin-system-regulates-neurodegeneration-in-a-mouse-model-of-optic-neuritis
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Xiaoli Guo, Kazuhiko Namekata, Atsuko Kimura, Chikako Harada, Takayuki Harada
The major role of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), including that of angiotensin II (Ang II), the principal effector molecule, in the cardiovascular system is well known. Increasing evidence suggests that the RAS also plays a role in the development of autoimmune diseases. Optic neuritis (ie, inflammation of the optic nerve, with retinal ganglion cell [RGC] loss) is strongly associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Herein, we investigated the effects of candesartan, an Ang II receptor antagonist, on optic neuritis in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918256/transgene-is-specifically-and-functionally-expressed-in-retinal-inhibitory-interneurons-in-the-vgat-chr2-eyfp-mouse
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Guo-Zhong Xu, Ling-Jie Cui, Ai-Lin Liu, Wei Zhou, Xue Gong, Yong-Mei Zhong, Xiong-Li Yang, Shi-Jun Weng
Ectopic transgene expression in the retina has been reported in various transgenic mice, indicating the importance of characterizing retinal phenotypes. We examined transgene expression in the VGAT-ChR2-EYFP mouse retina by fluorescent immunohistochemistry and electrophysiology, with special emphasis on enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (EYFP) localization in retinal neuronal subtypes identified by specific markers. Strong EYFP signals were detected in both the inner and outer plexiform layers. In addition, the ChR2-EYFP fusion protein was also expressed in somata of the great majority of inhibitory interneurons, including horizontal cells and GABAergic and glycinergic amacrine cells...
September 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918254/permissive-role-for-mglu1-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors-in-excitotoxic-retinal-degeneration
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Francesca Liberatore, Domenico Bucci, Giada Mascio, Michele Madonna, Paola Di Pietro, Martina Beneventano, Alda Maria Puliti, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Maria Rosaria Romano
Neuroprotection is an unmet need in eye disorders characterized by retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death, such as prematurity-induced retinal degeneration, glaucoma, and age- related macular degeneration. In all these disorders excitotoxicity is a prominent component of neuronal damage, but clinical data discourage the development of NMDA receptor antagonists as neuroprotectants. Here, we show that activation of mGlu1 metabotropic glutamate receptors largely contributes to excitotoxic degeneration of RGCs. Mice at postnatal day 9 were challenged with a toxic dose of monosodium glutamate (MSG, 3 g/kg), which caused the death of >70% of Brn-3a(+) RGCs...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916769/therapeutic-effects-of-the-mitochondrial-ros-redox-modulator-kh176-in-a-mammalian-model-of-leigh-disease
#16
Ria de Haas, Devashish Das, Alejandro Garanto, Herma G Renkema, Rick Greupink, Petra van den Broek, Jeanne Pertijs, Rob W J Collin, Peter Willems, Julien Beyrath, Arend Heerschap, Frans G Russel, Jan A Smeitink
Leigh Disease is a progressive neurometabolic disorder for which a clinical effective treatment is currently still lacking. Here, we report on the therapeutic efficacy of KH176, a new chemical entity derivative of Trolox, in Ndufs4 (-/-) mice, a mammalian model for Leigh Disease. Using in vivo brain diffusion tensor imaging, we show a loss of brain microstructural coherence in Ndufs4 (-/-) mice in the cerebral cortex, external capsule and cerebral peduncle. These findings are in line with the white matter diffusivity changes described in mitochondrial disease patients...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915835/macular-retinal-and-choroidal-thickness-in-unilateral-amblyopia-using-swept-source-optical-coherence-tomography
#17
Syunsuke Araki, Atsushi Miki, Katsutoshi Goto, Tsutomu Yamashita, Go Takizawa, Kazuko Haruishi, Yoshiaki Ieki, Junichi Kiryu, Kiyoshi Yaoeda
BACKGROUND: To investigate macular retinal and choroidal thickness in amblyopic eyes compared to that in fellow and normal eyes using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT). METHODS: This study examined 31 patients with hyperopic anisometropic amblyopia (6.9 ± 3.8 years, mean ± standard deviation), 15 patients with strabismic amblyopia without anisometropia (7.9 ± 4.2 years), and 24 age-matched controls (7.8 ± 3.3 years). Retinal and choroidal thickness was measured by 3D scans using SS-OCT...
September 15, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915340/metabolic-profile-of-visual-cortex-in-diabetic-rats-measured-with-in-vivo-proton-mrs
#18
Shuang Li, Xinghua Wang, Junjie Yang, Hao Lei, Xuxia Wang, Yi Xiang
The purpose of the present study was to characterize the metabolic profile of the visual cortex in streptozotocin-induced Type 1 diabetic rats by means of in vivo proton MRS. Several metabolite concentration ratios in the visual cortex were calculated. In addition, postmortem histologic analyses for retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss, optic nerve injury and visual cortex alterations were monitored. The results showed that diabetes induced several changes in visual cortex metabolites, such as reduced N-acetylaspartate, glutamate, γ-aminobutyric acid, taurine and choline-containing compound levels...
September 15, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913831/asymmetry-between-on-and-off-alpha-ganglion-cells-of-mouse-retina-integration-of-signal-and-noise-from-synaptic-inputs
#19
Michael A Freed
ON and OFF pathways in the retina include functional pairs of neurons that, at first glance, appear to have symmetrically similar responses to brightening and darkening, respectively. Upon careful examination, however, functional pairs exhibit asymmetries in receptive field size and response kinetics. Until now, descriptions of how light-adapted retinal circuitry maintains a preponderance of signal over the noise have not distinguished between ON and OFF pathways. Here I present evidence of marked asymmetries between members of a functional pair of sustained alpha ganglion cells in the mouse retina...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912514/retinal-changes-following-rapid-ascent-to-a-high-altitude-environment
#20
X Tian, B Zhang, Y Jia, C Wang, Q Li
PurposeTo determine what impact rapid ascension to a high-altitude environment has on the retina with the aim of preventing and treating high-altitude oculopathy.Patients and methodsParticipants in the study were members of the Chinese military assigned to the high-altitude environment of the Tibetan plateau. Ninety-one participants were enrolled in the study. Optical coherence tomography was used to measure the thickness of retina-related indicators. Measurements were taken before and after exposure to the high-altitude environment and upon return to the baseline altitude...
September 15, 2017: Eye
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