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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542257/long-term-results-after-limited-macular-translocation-surgery-for-wet-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Hisaaki Oshima, Takeshi Iwase, Kohei Ishikawa, Kentaro Yamamoto, Hiroko Terasaki
PURPOSE: To evaluate the long-term results of limited macular translocation (LMT) surgery with radial chorioscleral outfolding in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and subfoveal choroidal neovascularization (CNV). In addition, to identify the factors associated with the final best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA). METHODS: The medical records of 20 eyes of 20 consecutive patients (65.2±9.8 years) who had undergone LMT for the treatment of wet AMD and were followed for at least 5 years, were reviewed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523456/bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cell-administration-significantly-improves-outcome-after-retinal-ischemia-in-rats
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Biji Mathew, Jacqueline N Poston, John C Dreixler, Leianne Torres, Jasmine Lopez, Ruth Zelkha, Irina Balyasnikova, Maciej S Lesniak, Steven Roth
PURPOSE: Ischemia-associated retinal degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision loss, and to date, there are no effective treatment options. We hypothesized that delayed injection of bone-marrow stem cells (BMSCs) 24 h after the onset of ischemia could effectively rescue ischemic retina from its consequences, including apoptosis, inflammation, and increased vascular permeability, thereby preventing retinal cell loss. METHODS: Retinal ischemia was induced in adult Wistar rats by increasing intraocular pressure (IOP) to 130-135 mmHg for 55 min...
May 18, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516002/transplantation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-retinal-cells-into-the-subretinal-space-of-a-non-human-primate
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Jennifer R Chao, Deepak A Lamba, Todd R Klesert, Anna La Torre, Akina Hoshino, Russell J Taylor, Anu Jayabalu, Abbi L Engel, Thomas H Khuu, Ruikang K Wang, Maureen Neitz, Jay Neitz, Thomas A Reh
PURPOSE: Previous studies have demonstrated the ability of retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to survive, integrate into the host retina, and mediate light responses in murine mouse models. Our aim is to determine whether these cells can also survive and integrate into the retina of a nonhuman primate, Saimiri sciureus, following transplantation into the subretinal space. METHODS: hESCs were differentiated toward retinal neuronal fates using our previously published technique and cultured for 60 to 70 days...
May 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504201/cilia-the-sensory-antennae-in-the-eye
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REVIEW
Helen May-Simera, Kerstin Nagel-Wolfrum, Uwe Wolfrum
Cilia are hair-like projections found on almost all cells in the human body. Originally believed to function merely in motility, the function of solitary non-motile (primary) cilia was long overlooked. Recent research has demonstrated that primary cilia function as signalling hubs that sense environmental cues and are pivotal for organ development and function, tissue hoemoestasis, and maintenance of human health. Cilia share a common anatomy and their diverse functional features are achieved by evolutionarily conserved functional modules, organized into sub-compartments...
May 11, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489788/cytomegalovirus-retinitis-in-a-patient-with-secondary-acute-lymphosarcoma-leukemia-undergoing-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-rare-case-report-a-care-compliant-article
#5
Ning Zhao, Lei Liu, Junjie Xu
RATIONALE: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis is a common opportunistic infection in immunocompromised patients, which may lead to blindness. CMV retinitis is not an uncommon infectious disease in patients with immune regulatory abnormalities, for example, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients. However, CMV retinitis in a patient with acute lymphosarcoma leukemia (ALL) undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) phase is very rare. PATIENT CONCERNS: A case of CMV retinitis in a patient receiving immunosuppressive therapy as a part of ALL allogeneic HSCT is described including the pathogenesis, clinical signs, and therapy...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486987/progress-of-stem-progenitor-cell-based-therapy-for-retinal-degeneration
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REVIEW
Zhimin Tang, Yi Zhang, Yuyao Wang, Dandan Zhang, Bingqiao Shen, Min Luo, Ping Gu
Retinal degeneration (RD), such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinitis pigmentosa, is one of the leading causes of blindness. Presently, no satisfactory therapeutic options are available for these diseases principally because the retina and retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) do not regenerate, although wet AMD can be prevented from further progression by anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy. Nevertheless, stem/progenitor cell approaches exhibit enormous potential for RD treatment using strategies mainly aimed at the rescue and replacement of photoreceptors and RPE...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472656/the-dynamic-epigenetic-landscape-of-the-retina-during-development-reprogramming-and-tumorigenesis
#7
Issam Aldiri, Beisi Xu, Lu Wang, Xiang Chen, Daniel Hiler, Lyra Griffiths, Marc Valentine, Abbas Shirinifard, Suresh Thiagarajan, Andras Sablauer, Marie-Elizabeth Barabas, Jiakun Zhang, Dianna Johnson, Sharon Frase, Xin Zhou, John Easton, Jinghui Zhang, Elaine R Mardis, Richard K Wilson, James R Downing, Michael A Dyer
In the developing retina, multipotent neural progenitors undergo unidirectional differentiation in a precise spatiotemporal order. Here we profile the epigenetic and transcriptional changes that occur during retinogenesis in mice and humans. Although some progenitor genes and cell cycle genes were epigenetically silenced during retinogenesis, the most dramatic change was derepression of cell-type-specific differentiation programs. We identified developmental-stage-specific super-enhancers and showed that most epigenetic changes are conserved in humans and mice...
May 3, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469643/impacts-of-the-retinal-environment-and-photoreceptor-type-on-functional-regeneration
#8
REVIEW
Michèle G DuVal, W Ted Allison
Retinal regeneration is a promising central nervous system (CNS) target amongst the various stem cell therapy pursuits, due to its accessibility for manipulation and its disposition towards longitudinal monitoring of treatment safety and efficacy. We offer our perspective on current hurdles towards functional regeneration of cone photoreceptors. Cones are key: For patients suffering vision loss, cone photoreceptors are a required cellular component to restoring daytime vision, colour vision, and high acuity vision...
March 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465291/bipotent-progenitors-as-embryonic-origin-of-retinal-stem-cells
#9
Xia Tang, Jianan Gao, Xinling Jia, Wencao Zhao, Yijie Zhang, Weijun Pan, Jie He
In lower vertebrates, retinal stem cells (RSCs) capable of producing all retinal cell types are a resource for retinal tissue growth throughout life. However, the embryonic origin of RSCs remains largely elusive. Using a Zebrabow-based clonal analysis, we characterized the RSC niche in the ciliary marginal zone of zebrafish retina and illustrate that blood vessels associated with RSCs are required for the maintenance of actively proliferating RSCs. Full lineage analysis of RSC progenitors reveals lineage patterns of RSC production...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450267/retinal-changes-in-the-tg-swdi-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#10
Fred G Oliveira-Souza, Marci L DeRamus, Thomas van Groen, Alexis E Lambert, Mark S Bolding, Christianne E Strang
Alzheimer's disease (AD), a debilitating neurodegenerative illness, is characterized by neuronal cell loss, mental deficits, and abnormalities in several neurotransmitter and protein systems. AD is also associated with visual disturbances, but their causes remain unidentified. We hypothesize that the visual disturbances stem from retinal changes, particularly changes in the retinal cholinergic system, and that the etiology in the retina parallels the etiology in the rest of the brain. To test our hypothesis, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) were employed to assess changes in acetylcholine receptor (AChR) gene expression, number of retinal cells, and astrocytic gliosis in the Transgenic Swedish, Dutch and Iowa (Tg-SwDI) mouse model as compared to age-matched wild-type (WT)...
April 25, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437526/prominin-1-is-a-novel-regulator-of-autophagy-in-the-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#11
Sujoy Bhattacharya, Jinggang Yin, Christina S Winborn, Qiuhua Zhang, Junming Yue, Edward Chaum
Purpose: Prominin-1 (Prom1) is a transmembrane glycoprotein, which is expressed in stem cell lineages, and has recently been implicated in cancer stem cell survival. Mutations in the Prom1 gene have been shown to disrupt photoreceptor disk morphogenesis and cause an autosomal dominant form of Stargardt-like macular dystrophy (STGD4). Despite the apparent structural role of Prom1 in photoreceptors, its role in other cells of the retina is unknown. The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of Prom1 in the highly metabolically active cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433627/docosahexaenoic-acid-promotes-differentiation-of-photoreceptor-cells-in-three-dimensional-neural-retinas
#12
Eisuke Arai, Vipul M Parmar, Bhubanananda Sahu, Lindsay Perusek, Tanu Parmar, Akiko Maeda
Retinal tissues generated from human pluripotent stem cells can be an excellent tool for investigating pathogenesis of retinal diseases and developing new pharmacologic therapies. Moreover, patient derived retinal tissues could allow for retinal transplantation therapy for degenerative retinal diseases. However, obtaining retinal tissues with matured photoreceptor outer segments, which are essential for photoreceptor functions, is currently challenging. Here we investigated the effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for maturation of photoreceptor outer segments at the late stage and visual chromophore analog, 9-cis-retinal for the early stage of differentiation to three-dimensional (3D)-retinal tissues from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), respectively...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424578/the-crb1-complex-following-the-trail-of-crumbs-to-a-feasible-gene-therapy-strategy
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REVIEW
Peter M Quinn, Lucie P Pellissier, Jan Wijnholds
Once considered science fiction, gene therapy is rapidly becoming scientific reality, targeting a growing number of the approximately 250 genes linked to hereditary retinal disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa and Leber's congenital amaurosis. Powerful new technologies have emerged, leading to the development of humanized models for testing and screening these therapies, bringing us closer to the goal of personalized medicine. These tools include the ability to differentiate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to create a "retina-in-a-dish" model and the self-formed ectodermal autonomous multi-zone, which can mimic whole eye development...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416692/immunomodulation-accelerated-neuronal-regeneration-following-selective-rod-photoreceptor-cell-ablation-in-the-zebrafish-retina
#14
David T White, Sumitra Sengupta, Meera T Saxena, Qingguo Xu, Justin Hanes, Ding Ding, Hongkai Ji, Jeff S Mumm
Müller glia (MG) function as inducible retinal stem cells in zebrafish, completely repairing the eye after damage. The innate immune system has recently been shown to promote tissue regeneration in which classic wound-healing responses predominate. However, regulatory roles for leukocytes during cellular regeneration-i.e., selective cell-loss paradigms akin to degenerative disease-are less well defined. To investigate possible roles innate immune cells play during retinal cell regeneration, we used intravital microscopy to visualize neutrophil, macrophage, and retinal microglia responses to induced rod photoreceptor apoptosis...
May 2, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411269/novel-regulatory-mechanisms-for-the-soxc-transcriptional-network-required-for-visual-pathway-development
#15
Kun-Che Chang, Jonathan Hertz, Xiong Zhang, Xiao-Lu Jin, Peter Shaw, Brooke A Derosa, Janet Y Li, Praseeda Venugopalan, Daniel A Valenzuela, Roshni D Patel, Kristina R Russano, Shomoukh A Alshamekh, Catalina Sun, Kevin Tenerelli, Chenyi Li, Dmitri Velmeshev, Yuyan Cheng, Timothy M Boyce, Alexandra Dreyfuss, Mohammed S Uddin, Kenneth J Muller, Derek M Dykxhoorn, Jeffrey L Goldberg
What pathways specify retinal ganglion cell (RGC) fate in the developing retina? Here we report on mechanisms by which a molecular pathway involving Sox4/Sox11 is required for RGC differentiation and for optic nerve formation in mice in vivo, and is sufficient to differentiate human induced pluripotent stem cells into electrophysiologically active RGCs. These data place Sox4 downstream of RE1 silencing transcription factor in regulating RGC fate, and further describe a newly identified, Sox4-regulated site for post-translational modification with small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMOylation) in Sox11, which suppresses Sox11's nuclear localization and its ability to promote RGC differentiation, providing a mechanism for the SoxC familial compensation observed here and elsewhere in the nervous system...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400789/the-promise-of-stem-cell-based-therapeutics-in-ophthalmology
#16
REVIEW
Israel Aharony, Shalom Michowiz, Nitza Goldenberg-Cohen
The promising role of cellular therapies in the preservation and restoration of visual function has prompted intensive efforts to characterize embryonic, adult, and induced pluripotent stem cells for regenerative purposes. Three main approaches to the use of stem cells have been described: sustained drug delivery, immunomodulation, and differentiation into various ocular structures. Studies of the differentiation capacity of all three types of stem cells into epithelial, neural, glial and vascular phenotypes have reached proof-of-concept in culture, but the correction of vision is still in the early developmental stages, and the requirements for effective in vivo implementation are still unclear...
February 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396597/photoreceptor-outer-segment-like-structures-in-long-term-3d-retinas-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#17
Karl J Wahlin, Julien A Maruotti, Srinivasa R Sripathi, John Ball, Juan M Angueyra, Catherine Kim, Rhonda Grebe, Wei Li, Bryan W Jones, Donald J Zack
The retinal degenerative diseases, which together constitute a leading cause of hereditary blindness worldwide, are largely untreatable. Development of reliable methods to culture complex retinal tissues from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) could offer a means to study human retinal development, provide a platform to investigate the mechanisms of retinal degeneration and screen for neuroprotective compounds, and provide the basis for cell-based therapeutic strategies. In this study, we describe an in vitro method by which hPSCs can be differentiated into 3D retinas with at least some important features reminiscent of a mature retina, including exuberant outgrowth of outer segment-like structures and synaptic ribbons, photoreceptor neurotransmitter expression, and membrane conductances and synaptic vesicle release properties consistent with possible photoreceptor synaptic function...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390992/patient-specific-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-evaluate-the-pathophysiology-of-trnt1-associated-retinitis-pigmentosa
#18
Tasneem P Sharma, Luke A Wiley, S Scott Whitmore, Kristin R Anfinson, Cathryn M Cranston, Douglas J Oppedal, Heather T Daggett, Robert F Mullins, Budd A Tucker, Edwin M Stone
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a heterogeneous group of monogenic disorders characterized by progressive death of the light-sensing photoreceptor cells of the outer neural retina. We recently identified novel hypomorphic mutations in the tRNA Nucleotidyl Transferase, CCA-Adding 1 (TRNT1) gene that cause early-onset RP. To model this disease in vitro, we generated patient-specific iPSCs and iPSC-derived retinal organoids from dermal fibroblasts of patients with molecularly confirmed TRNT1-associated RP. Pluripotency was confirmed using rt-PCR, immunocytochemistry, and a TaqMan Scorecard Assay...
March 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372274/stem-cell-roadmap%C3%A2-the-industrial-point-of%C3%A2-view
#19
Mazen Elzaabi, Agnès Thevenin, Pierre-Noël Lirsac
CELLforCURE is a French Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) dedicated to industrialization and process development for routine manufacturing, GMP manufacturing for clinical and commercial batches and regulatory services and associated logistics. CELLforCURE is a subsidiary of LFB Group.Stem cells fields of application gather cell and gene therapy as well as tissue engineering. According to VisionGain survey, cell therapy medicinal products will remain predominant in the future.Clinical trials are sponsored either by universities or private companies...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371543/upregulation-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-triggers-transdifferentiation-of-retinal-pigmented-epithelial-cells-in-xenopus-laevis-a-link-between-inflammatory-response-and-regeneration
#20
Hanako Naitoh, Yukari Suganuma, Yoko Ueda, Takahiko Sato, Yosuke Hiramuki, Atsuko Fujisawa-Sehara, Shigeru Taketani, Masasuke Araki
In adult Xenopus eyes, when the whole retina is removed, retinal pigmented epithelial (RPE) cells become activated to be retinal stem cells and regenerate the whole retina. In the present study, using a tissue culture model, we examined whether upregulation of matrix metalloproteinases (Mmps) triggers retinal regeneration. Soon after retinal removal, Xmmp9 and Xmmp18 were strongly upregulated in the tissues of the RPE and the choroid. In the culture, Mmp expression in the RPE cells corresponded with their migration from the choroid...
April 2, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
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