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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346801/early-gene-expression-profile-in-retinal-ganglion-cell-layer-after-optic-nerve-crush-in-mice
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Satoru Ueno, Azusa Yoneshige, Yoshiki Koriyama, Man Hagiyama, Yoshikazu Shimomura, Akihiko Ito
Purpose: Optic nerve crush (ONC) induces retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death, which causes vision loss in glaucoma. To investigate early events leading to apoptosis of RGCs, we performed gene expression analysis of injured retinas in the period before RGC loss. Methods: The temporal changes of gene profiles at 0, 1, and 4 days after ONC were determined by DNA microarray. To verify the gene expression changes in RGCs, we enriched RGCs by laser-captured microdissection and performed real-time RT-PCR of 14 selected genes...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346753/sonic-hedgehog-is-a-remotely-produced-cue-that-controls-axon-guidance-trans-axonally-at-a-midline-choice-point
#2
Jimmy Peng, Pierre J Fabre, Tiphaine Dolique, Shannon M Swikert, Laëtitia Kermasson, Tomomi Shimogori, Frédéric Charron
At the optic chiasm choice point, ipsilateral retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are repelled away from the midline by guidance cues, including Ephrin-B2 and Sonic Hedgehog (Shh). Although guidance cues are normally produced by cells residing at the choice point, the mRNA for Shh is not found at the optic chiasm. Here we show that Shh protein is instead produced by contralateral RGCs at the retina, transported anterogradely along the axon, and accumulates at the optic chiasm to repel ipsilateral RGCs. In vitro, contralateral RGC axons, which secrete Shh, repel ipsilateral RGCs in a Boc- and Smo-dependent manner...
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346746/shh-ushing-midline-crossing-through-remote-protein-transport
#3
Eloísa Herrera, Austen A Sitko, Paola Bovolenta
Shh contributes to neural circuit formation with different mechanisms. In this issue, Peng and colleagues (2018) identify a novel trans-axonal mechanism by which Shh derived from contralateral projecting retinal ganglion cells prevents midline crossing of Boc-expressing ipsilateral axons at the optic chiasm.
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346496/melanopsin-system-dysfunction-in-smith-magenis-syndrome-patients
#4
Mirella Telles Salgueiro Barboni, Clarissa Bueno, Balázs Vince Nagy, Patrícia Lobo Maia, Kallene Summer Moreira Vidal, Rosana Cardoso Alves, Russel J Reiter, Fernanda Gaspar do Amaral, José Cipolla-Neto, Dora Fix Ventura
Purpose: Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS) causes sleep disturbance that is related to an abnormal melatonin profile. It is not clear how the genomic disorder leads to a disturbed synchronization of the sleep/wake rhythm in SMS patients. To evaluate the integrity of the intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cell (ipRGC)/melanopsin system, the transducers of the light-inhibitory effect on pineal melatonin synthesis, we recorded pupillary light responses (PLR) in SMS patients. Methods: Subjects were SMS patients (n = 5), with molecular diagnosis and melatonin levels measured for 24 hours and healthy controls (n = 4)...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344005/biological-clocks-their-relevance-to-immune-allergic-diseases
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REVIEW
Roberto Paganelli, Claudia Petrarca, Mario Di Gioacchino
The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, awarded for the discoveries made in the past 15 years on the genetic and molecular mechanisms regulating many physiological functions, has renewed the attention to the importance of circadian rhythms. These originate from a central pacemaker in the suprachiasmatic nucleus in the brain, photoentrained via direct connection with melanopsin containing, intrinsically light-sensitive retinal ganglion cells, and it projects to periphery, thus creating an inner circadian rhythm...
2018: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343769/ckamp44-modulates-integration-of-visual-inputs-in-the-lateral-geniculate-nucleus
#6
Xufeng Chen, Muhammad Aslam, Tim Gollisch, Kevin Allen, Jakob von Engelhardt
Relay neurons in the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) receive excitatory inputs from retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Retinogeniculate synapses are characterized by a prominent short-term depression of AMPA receptor (AMPAR)-mediated currents, but the underlying mechanisms and its function for visual integration are not known. Here we identify CKAMP44 as a crucial auxiliary subunit of AMPARs in dLGN relay neurons, where it increases AMPAR-mediated current amplitudes and modulates gating of AMPARs. Importantly, CKAMP44 is responsible for the distinctive short-term depression in retinogeniculate synapses by reducing the rate of recovery from desensitization of AMPARs...
January 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342845/anesthetic-preconditioning-as-endogenous-neuroprotection-in-glaucoma
#7
Tsung-Han Chou, Ganeswara Rao Musada, Giovanni Luca Romano, Elizabeth Bolton, Vittorio Porciatti
Blindness in glaucoma is the result of death of Retinal Ganglion Cells (RGCs) and their axons. RGC death is generally preceded by a stage of reversible dysfunction and structural remodeling. Current treatments aimed at reducing intraocular pressure (IOP) are ineffective or incompletely effective in management of the disease. IOP-independent neuroprotection or neuroprotection as adjuvant to IOP lowering in glaucoma remains a challenge as effective agents without side effects have not been identified yet. We show in DBA/2J mice with spontaneous IOP elevation and glaucoma that the lifespan of functional RGCs can be extended by preconditioning RGCs with retrobulbar lidocaine in one eye at four months of age that temporary blocks RGC axonal transport...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340763/the-retinal-projection-to-the-nucleus-lentiformis-mesencephali-in-zebra-finch-taeniopygia-guttata-and-anna-s-hummingbird-calypte-anna
#8
Cristian Gutierrez-Ibanez, Andrea H Gaede, Max R Dannish, Douglas L Altshuler, Douglas R Wylie
In birds, the nucleus of the basal optic root (nBOR) and the nucleus lentiformis mesencephali (LM) are retinal recipient nuclei involved in the analysis of optic flow and the generation of the optokinetic response. In both pigeons and chickens, retinal inputs to the nBOR arise from displaced ganglion cells (DGCs), which are found at the margin of the inner nuclear and inner plexiform layers. The LM receives afferents from retinal ganglion cells, but whether DGCs also project to LM is a matter of debate. Previous work in chickens had concluded that DGCs do not project to LM, but a recent study in pigeons found that both retinal ganglion cells and DGCs project to LM...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340649/optic-nerve-regeneration-after-crush-remodels-the-injury-site-molecular-insights-from-imaging-mass-spectrometry
#9
David T Stark, David M G Anderson, Jacky M K Kwong, Nathan Heath Patterson, Kevin L Schey, Richard M Caprioli, Joseph Caprioli
Purpose: Mammalian central nervous system axons fail to regenerate after injury. Contributing factors include limited intrinsic growth capacity and an inhibitory glial environment. Inflammation-induced optic nerve regeneration (IIR) is thought to boost retinal ganglion cell (RGC) intrinsic growth capacity through progrowth gene expression, but effects on the inhibitory glial environment of the optic nerve are unexplored. To investigate progrowth molecular changes associated with reactive gliosis during IIR, we developed an imaging mass spectrometry (IMS)-based approach that identifies discriminant molecular signals in and around optic nerve crush (ONC) sites...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340646/visual-fixation-instability-in-multiple-sclerosis-measured-using-slo-oct
#10
Robert M Mallery, Pieter Poolman, Matthew J Thurtell, Jan M Full, Johannes Ledolter, Dorlan Kimbrough, Elliot M Frohman, Teresa C Frohman, Randy H Kardon
Purpose: Precise measurements of visual fixation and its instability were recorded during optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a marker of neural network dysfunction in multiple sclerosis (MS), which could be used to monitor disease progression or response to treatment. Methods: A total of 16 MS patients and 26 normal subjects underwent 30 seconds of scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO)-based eye tracking during OCT scanning of retinal layer thickness. Study groups consisted of normal eyes, MS eyes without prior optic neuritis (MS wo ON), and MS eyes with prior optic neuritis (MS + ON)...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340645/a-plasma-metabolomic-signature-involving-purine-metabolism-in-human-optic-atrophy-1-opa1-related-disorders
#11
Cinzia Bocca, Judith Kouassi Nzoughet, Stéphanie Leruez, Patrizia Amati-Bonneau, Marc Ferré, Mariame-Selma Kane, Charlotte Veyrat-Durebex, Juan Manuel Chao de la Barca, Arnaud Chevrollier, Chadi Homedan, Christophe Verny, Dan Miléa, Vincent Procaccio, Gilles Simard, Dominique Bonneau, Guy Lenaers, Pascal Reynier
Purpose: Dominant optic atrophy (DOA; MIM [Mendelian Inheritance in Man] 165500), resulting in retinal ganglion cell degeneration, is mainly caused by mutations in the optic atrophy 1 (OPA1) gene, which encodes a dynamin guanosine triphosphate (GTP)ase involved in mitochondrial membrane processing. This work aimed at determining whether plasma from OPA1 pathogenic variant carriers displays a specific metabolic signature. Methods: We applied a nontargeted clinical metabolomics pipeline based on ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-HRMS) allowing the exploration of 500 polar metabolites in plasma...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339088/retinal-neuronal-cell-loss-prevents-abnormal-retinal-vascular-growth-in-a-rat-model-of-retinopathy-of-prematurity
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Ayuki Nakano, Daiki Asano, Ryo Kondo, Asami Mori, Shiho Arima, Hiroko Ushikubo, Kenji Sakamoto, Tohru Nagamitsu, Kunio Ishii, Tsutomu Nakahara
A short-term blockade of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated pathway in neonatal rats results in formation of severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)-like retinal blood vessels. The present study aimed to examine the role of retinal neurons in the formation of abnormal retinal blood vessels. Newborn rats were treated subcutaneously with the VEGF receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, KRN633 (10 mg/kg), or its vehicle (0.5% methylcellulose in water) on postnatal day (P) 7 and P8. To induce excitotoxic loss of retinal neurons, N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) was injected into the vitreous chamber of the eye on P9...
January 12, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338126/physical-exercise-and-glaucoma-a-review-on-the-roles-of-physical-exercise-on-intraocular-pressure-control-ocular-blood-flow-regulation-neuroprotection-and-glaucoma-related-mental-health
#13
REVIEW
Ming Ming Zhu, Jimmy Shiu Ming Lai, Bonnie Nga Kwan Choy, Jennifer Wei Huen Shum, Amy Cheuk Yin Lo, Alex Lap Ki Ng, Jonathan Cheuk Hung Chan, Kwok Fai So
The benefits of physical exercise on health and well-being have been studied in a wide range of systemic and ocular diseases, including glaucoma, a progressive optic neuropathy characterized by accelerated apoptosis of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) and insufficient ocular perfusion have been postulated to be the two main theories in glaucoma development and progression. The effects of exercise in these two aspects have been demonstrated by numerous researches. A review in 2009 focusing on these two theories concluded that exercise results in transient IOP reduction but an inconsistent elevation in ocular perfusion...
January 16, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336011/decreased-retinal-sensitivity-in-depressive-disorder-a-controlled-study
#14
G Berman, D Muttuvelu, D Berman, J I Larsen, R W Licht, J Ledolter, R H Kardon
OBJECTIVE: To compare pupil responses in depressed patients with a seasonal pattern, depressed patients without a seasonal pattern and healthy controls as a function of daylight hours on the testing day. METHOD: Patients suffering from a major depressive episode were included in wintertime. The pupil light reflex was measured at inclusion and in the following summer using a binocular pupillometer. A protocol of low (1 lux) and high (400 lux) intensity red and blue lights was used to assess rod, cone and melanopsin-containing intrinsic photosensitive retinal ganglion cell input to the pupil reflex...
January 15, 2018: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334156/the-retinal-ganglion-cell-layer-predicts-normal-appearing-white-matter-tract-integrity-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-combined-diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-optical-coherence-tomography-approach
#15
Carolina Alves, Sónia Batista, Otília C d'Almeida, Lívia Sousa, Luís Cunha, Rui Bernardes, Miguel Castelo-Branco
We investigated the relationship between retinal layers and normal-appearing white matter (WM) integrity in the brain of patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), using a combined diffusion tensor imaging and high resolution optical coherence tomography approach. Fifty patients and 62 controls were recruited. The patients were divided into two groups according to presence (n = 18) or absence (n = 32) of optic neuritis. Diffusion tensor data were analyzed with a voxel-wise whole brain analysis of diffusion metrics in WM with tract-based spatial statistics...
January 15, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332121/pattern-onset-ergs-and-veps-produced-by-patterns-arising-from-light-increment-and-decrement
#16
Dennis M Fritsch, Jane C Sowden, Dorothy A Thompson
Purpose: Our aim was to elaborate how on and off signals contribute to pattern ERGs and pattern visual evoked potentials (VEPs) by using pedestal patterns arising from incremental and decremental onset stimulation. Methods: Pattern onset/offset ERGs and VEPs were produced by black and white checks of 60' side length and 88% spatial contrast appearing in a 16° field for 200 ms from white (110 cd/m2), black (7 cd/m2), and gray (48 cd/m2) backgrounds and disappeared for 1000 ms...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326065/hydrogen-sulfide-supplement-attenuates-the-apoptosis-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-experimental-glaucoma
#17
Shouyue Huang, Ping Huang, Zhongjing Lin, Xiaohong Liu, Xing Xu, Lei Guo, Xi Shen, Changwei Li, Yisheng Zhong
Glaucoma is a group of neurodegenerative eye diseases characterized by progressive impairment of visual function due to loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGC). As hydrogen sulfide (H2S) was reported to play a role in the process of glaucomatous neuropathy and improve RGC survival in experimental glaucoma, the authors aimed to investigate the anti-apoptosis effect of H2S supplement in a rat glaucoma model, and further tried to explore the involved factors in the neuroprotection. A chronic ocular hypertension (COH) rat model induced by intracameral injection of cross-linking hydrogel was employed to simulate glaucoma and 288 rats were subjected to experimental procedures in the present study...
January 8, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325900/orexin-b-modulates-synaptic-transmission-of-rod-bipolar-cells-in-rat-retina
#18
Gong Zhang, Xiao-Hua Wu, Guo-Zhong Xu, Shi-Jun Weng, Xiong-Li Yang, Yong-Mei Zhong
Orexin-A, -B play a crucial role in arousal and feeding by activating two G-protein-coupled receptors: orexin receptor 1 (OX1R) and orexin receptor 2 (OX2R). Orexins, along with orexin receptors, are expressed in retinal neurons, and they have been shown to differentially modulate excitatory AMPA receptors of amacrine and ganglion cells in the inner retina. In this work we report that orexin-B modulates the activity of rod bipolar cells (RBCs) located in the outer retina of rat. Intravitreal injection of orexin-B increased the amplitude of the scotopic electroretinographic b-wave, a reflection of RBC activity, recorded in vivo...
January 8, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325457/synthetic-adeno-associated-viral-vector-efficiently-targets-mouse-and-non-human-primate-retina-in-vivo
#19
Livia S Carvalho, Ru Xiao, Sarah Wassmer, Aliete Langsdorf, Eric Zinn, Simon Pacouret, Samiksha Shah, Jason I Comander, Leo Kim, Laurence Lim, Luk H Vandenberghe
Gene therapy is a promising approach in the treatment of inherited and common complex disorders of the retina. Preclinical and clinical studies have validated the use of adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV) as a safe and efficient delivery vehicle for gene transfer. RPE and rods, and to a lesser extent, cone photoreceptors can be efficiently targeted with AAV. Other retinal cell types however are more challenging targets. The aim of this study was to characterize the transduction profile and efficiency of in silico designed, synthetic Anc80 AAVs for retinal gene transfer...
January 12, 2018: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323613/idrugs-and-idevices-discovery-research-preclinical-assays-techniques-and-animal-model-studies-for-ocular-hypotensives-and-neuroprotectants
#20
Najam A Sharif
Discovery ophthalmic research is centered around delineating the molecular and cellular basis of ocular diseases and finding and exploiting molecular and genetic pathways associated with them. From such studies it is possible to determine suitable intervention points to address the disease process and hopefully to discover therapeutics to treat them. An investigational new drug (IND) filing for a new small-molecule drug, peptide, antibody, genetic treatment, or a device with global health authorities requires a number of preclinical studies to provide necessary safety and efficacy data...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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