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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738418/molecular-pathway-to-protection-from-age-dependent-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-mef2-deficiency
#1
Saumya Nagar, Dorit Trudler, Scott R McKercher, Juan Piña-Crespo, Nobuki Nakanishi, Shu-Ichi Okamoto, Stuart A Lipton
Purpose: Photoreceptor degeneration in the retina is a major cause of blindness in humans. Elucidating mechanisms of degenerative and neuroprotective pathways in photoreceptors should afford identification and development of therapeutic strategies. Methods: We used mouse genetic models and improved methods for retinal explant cultures. Retinas were enucleated from Mef2d+/+ and Mef2d-/- mice, stained for MEF2 proteins and outer nuclear layer thickness, and assayed for apoptotic cells...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736168/light-dependent-degradation-of-pif3-by-scf-ebf1-2-promotes-a-photomorphogenic-response-in-arabidopsis
#2
Jie Dong, Weimin Ni, Renbo Yu, Xing Wang Deng, Haodong Chen, Ning Wei
Plant seedlings emerging from darkness into the light environment undergo photomorphogenesis, which enables autotrophic growth with optimized morphology and physiology. During this transition, plants must rapidly remove photomorphogenic repressors accumulated in the dark. Among them is PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR 3 (PIF3), a key transcription factor promoting hypocotyl growth. Here we report that, in response to light activation of phytochrome photoreceptors, EIN3-BINDING F BOX PROTEINs (EBFs) 1 and 2 mediate PIF3 protein degradation in a manner dependent on light-induced phosphorylation of PIF3...
July 18, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732591/diabetic-retinopathy-breaking-the-barrier
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REVIEW
Randa S Eshaq, Alaa M Z Aldalati, J Steven Alexander, Norman R Harris
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) remains a major complication of diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among adults worldwide. DR is a progressive disease affecting both type I and type II diabetic patients at any stage of the disease, and targets the retinal microvasculature. DR results from multiple biochemical, molecular and pathophysiological changes to the retinal vasculature, which affect both microcirculatory functions and ultimately photoreceptor function. Several neural, endothelial, and support cell (e...
July 12, 2017: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732105/shining-a-light-on-the-arabidopsis-circadian-clock
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REVIEW
Rachael J Oakenfull, Seth J Davis
The circadian clock provides essential timing information to ensure optimal growth to prevailing external environmental conditions. A major time-setting mechanism (zeitgeber) in clock synchronisation is light. Differing light wavelengths, intensities and photoperiodic duration are processed for the clock-setting mechanism. Many studies on light-input pathways to the clock have focused on Arabidopsis thaliana. Photoreceptors are specific chromic proteins that detect light signals and transmit this information to the central circadian oscillator through a number of different signalling mechanisms...
July 21, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731367/methamphetamine-causes-photoreceptor-cell-damage-through-promoting-polarization-of-macrophages-and-inducing-inflammatory-response
#5
Aihui Zhang, Laiwei Wu, Zilin Chen, Guoqiang Huang, Xiaohe Lu
Classically activated macrophages (M1) are proinflammatory effectors and closely related to the progression of neurotoxicity. As a powerful psychostimulant and addictive drug, methamphetamine (Meth) abuse could result in long-lasting abnormalities in retina. This study investigated the effect of Meth at nontoxic concentration on macrophage activation state and its resultant toxicity to photoreceptor cells. Results showed that cytotoxicity was caused by Meth on 661 W cells after coculturing with RAW264.7 macrophage...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730556/stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigment-epithelium-the-role-of-pigmentation-as-maturation-marker-and-gene-expression-profile-comparison-with-human-endogenous-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#6
A Bennis, J G Jacobs, L A E Catsburg, J B Ten Brink, C Koster, R O Schlingemann, J van Meurs, T G M F Gorgels, P D Moerland, V M Heine, A A Bergen
In age-related macular degeneration (AMD) the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) deteriorates, leading to photoreceptor decay and severe vision loss. New therapeutic strategies aim at RPE replacement by transplantation of pluripotent stem cell (PSC)-derived RPE. Several protocols to generate RPE have been developed where appearance of pigmentation is commonly used as indicator of RPE differentiation and maturation. It is, however, unclear how different pigmentation stages reflect developmental stages and functionality of PSC-derived RPE cells...
July 21, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730104/down-regulation-of-protein-kinase-c-alpha-ezrin-signals-in-light-induced-phagocytic-crisis-of-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells
#7
Ya-Qiong Zhang, Yong-Gang Fan, Ya-Long Dang, Yan-Li Liu, Hua Liu, Li-Hua Li
AIM: To investigate the roles of PKC-α/ezrin signals in phagocytosis crisis of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells in light damage model. METHODS: Light induced mice RPE injury model was established by continuously irradiating cool white light at different exposure time (0, 4, 8h light intensity: 4.18×10(-6) J/cm(2)). In vitro, human ARPE-19 cells treated with the doses and intensity (1.57×10(-6) J/cm(2)) of laser irradiation. Histology analysis was evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin (HE) staining...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729651/combination-of-ginsenoside-rb1-and-rd-protects-the-retina-against-bright-light-induced-degeneration
#8
Minjuan Bian, Xiaoye Du, Peiwei Wang, Jingang Cui, Jing Xu, Jiangping Gu, Teng Zhang, Yu Chen
Photoreceptor degeneration is a central pathology of various retinal degenerative diseases which currently lack effective therapies. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities are noted for Panax notoginsenoside saponins (PNS) and related saponin compound(s). However, the photoreceptor protective potentials of PNS or related saponin compound(s) remain unknown. The current study revealed that PNS protected against photoreceptor loss in bright light-exposed BALB/c mice. Combination of ginsenoside Rb1 and Rd, two major saponin compounds of PNS, recapitulated the retinal protection of PNS and attenuated retinal oxidative stress and inflammatory changes...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729419/the-exocyst-is-required-for-photoreceptor-ciliogenesis-and-retinal-development
#9
Glenn P Lobo, Diana Fulmer, Lilong Guo, Xiaofeng Zuo, Yujing Dang, Seok-Hyung Kim, Yanhui Su, Kola George, Elisabeth Obert, Ben Fogelgren, Deepak Nihalani, Russell A Norris, Bärbel Rohrer, Joshua H Lipschutz
We previously have shown that the highly-conserved eight-protein exocyst trafficking complex is required for ciliogenesis in kidney tubule cells. We hypothesized here that ciliogenic programs are conserved across organs and species. To determine if renal primary ciliogenic programs are conserved in the eye, and to characterize the function and mechanisms by which the exocyst regulates eye development in zebrafish, we focused on exoc5, a central component of the exocyst complex, by analyzing both exoc5 zebrafish mutants, and photoreceptor-specific Exoc5 knockout mice...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729369/pigmentary-retinopathy-rod-cone-dysfunction-and-sensorineural-deafness-associated-with-a-rare-mitochondrial-trna-lys-m-8340g-a-gene-variant
#10
Jaidip S Gill, Steven A Hardy, Emma L Blakely, Sila Hopton, Andrea H Nemeth, Carl Fratter, Joanna Poulton, Robert W Taylor, Susan M Downes
BACKGROUND/AIM: The rare mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variant m.8340G>A has been previously reported in the literature in a single, sporadic case of mitochondrial myopathy. In this report, we aim to investigate the case of a 39-year-old male patient with sensorineural deafness who presented to the eye clinic with nyctalopia, retinal pigmentary changes and bilateral cortical cataracts. METHODS: The patient was examined clinically and investigated with autofluorescence, full-field electroretinography, electro-oculogram and dark adaptometry...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728173/glucocorticoid-induced-leucine-zipper-protects-the-retina-from-light-induced-retinal-degeneration-by-inducing-bcl-xl-in-rats
#11
Ruiping Gu, Wenyi Tang, Boya Lei, Xinyi Ding, Cheng Jiang, Gezhi Xu
Purpose: The aim of the present study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper (GILZ) in a light-induced retinal degeneration model and to explore the underlying mechanisms. Methods: Intravitreal injection of recombinant GILZ-overexpressing lentivirus (OE-GILZ-rLV) and short hairpin RNA targeting GILZ recombinant lentivirus (shRNA-GILZ-rLV) was performed to up- and downregulate retinal GILZ, respectively. Three days after stable transduction, rats were exposed to continuous bright light (5000 lux) for 2 days...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726787/alkbh7-drives-a-tissue-and-sex-specific-necrotic-cell-death-response-following-alkylation-induced-damage
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Jennifer J Jordan, Sophea Chhim, Carrie M Margulies, Mariacarmela Allocca, Roderick T Bronson, Arne Klungland, Leona D Samson, Dragony Fu
Regulated necrosis has emerged as a major cell death mechanism in response to different forms of physiological and pharmacological stress. The AlkB homolog 7 (ALKBH7) protein is required for regulated cellular necrosis in response to chemotherapeutic alkylating agents but its role within a whole organism is unknown. Here, we show that ALKBH7 modulates alkylation-induced cellular death through a tissue and sex-specific mechanism. At the whole-animal level, we find that ALKBH7 deficiency confers increased resistance to MMS-induced toxicity in male but not female mice...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723922/temporal-progression-of-parp-activity-in-the-prph2-mutant-rd2-mouse-neuroprotective-effects-of-the-parp-inhibitor-pj34
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Ayse Sahaboglu, Alaa Sharif, Lili Feng, Enver Secer, Eberhart Zrenner, François Paquet-Durand
Peripherin (peripherin/rds) is a membrane-associated protein that plays a critical role in the morphogenesis of rod and cone photoreceptor outer segments. Mutations in the corresponding PRPH2 gene cause different types of retinal dystrophies characterized by a loss of photoreceptors. Over activation of poly-ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) was previously shown to be involved in different animal models for hereditary retinal dystrophies. This includes the rd2 mouse, which suffers from a human homologous mutation in the PRPH2 gene...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721681/genetic-characterization-and-disease-mechanism-of-retinitis-pigmentosa-current-scenario
#14
REVIEW
Muhammad Umar Ali, Muhammad Saif Ur Rahman, Jiang Cao, Ping Xi Yuan
Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of genetically transmitted disorders affecting 1 in 3000-8000 individual people worldwide ultimately affecting the quality of life. Retinitis pigmentosa is characterized as a heterogeneous genetic disorder which leads by progressive devolution of the retina leading to a progressive visual loss. It can occur in syndromic (with Usher syndrome and Bardet-Biedl syndrome) as well as non-syndromic nature. The mode of inheritance can be X-linked, autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive manner...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720880/pattern-of-retinal-morphological-and-functional-decay-in-a-light-inducible-rhodopsin-mutant-mouse
#15
Claudia Gargini, Elena Novelli, Ilaria Piano, Martina Biagioni, Enrica Strettoi
Hallmarks of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a family of genetic diseases, are a typical rod-cone-degeneration with initial night blindness and loss of peripheral vision, followed by decreased daylight sight and progressive visual acuity loss up to legal blindness. Great heterogeneity in nature and function of mutated genes, variety of mutations for each of them, variability in phenotypic appearance and transmission modality contribute to make RP a still incurable disease. Translational research relies on appropriate animal models mimicking the genetic and phenotypic diversity of the human pathology...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720252/the-cryptochrome-photolyase-protein-family-in-diatoms
#16
Sarah König, Matthias Juhas, Stefanie Jäger, Tilman Kottke, Claudia Büchel
The cryptochrome - photolyase family (CPF) consists of homologous flavoproteins having completely different functions involving DNA repair, circadian rhythm and/or photoreception. From the original photolyases, working either as (6-4) or cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer photolyases, the animal- and plant-type cryptochromes, respectively, evolved and also the more intermediate DASH cryptochromes. Whereas animal cryptochromes work mostly in clock-related functions, plant cryptochromes are also directly involved in developmental processes such as hypocotyl elongation or flower induction...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719464/nuclear-crx-and-foxj1-expression-differentiates-non-germ-cell-pineal-region-tumors-and-supports-the-ependymal-differentiation-of-papillary-tumor-of-the-pineal-region
#17
Shannon Coy, Adrian M Dubuc, Sonika Dahiya, Keith L Ligon, Alexandre Vasiljevic, Sandro Santagata
Papillary tumor of the pineal region (PTPR) is a neuroepithelial neoplasm first described in 2003. Despite the anatomic association of PTPR with the pineal gland, the features of these tumors resemble those of the ependymal circumventricular subcommissural organ (SCO) of the posterior third ventricle. Given the presumed distinct derivation of PTPR and pineal parenchymal tumors, we hypothesized that expression of lineage-specific transcription factors could distinguish these tumors and provide additional insight into the differentiation of PTPR...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717219/versatile-functional-roles-of-horizontal-cells-in-the-retinal-circuit
#18
Taro Chaya, Akihiro Matsumoto, Yuko Sugita, Satoshi Watanabe, Ryusuke Kuwahara, Masao Tachibana, Takahisa Furukawa
In the retinal circuit, environmental light signals are converted into electrical signals that can be decoded properly by the brain. At the first synapse of the visual system, information flow from photoreceptors to bipolar cells is modulated by horizontal cells (HCs), however, their functional contribution to retinal output and individual visual function is not fully understood. In the current study, we investigated functional roles for HCs in retinal ganglion cell (RGC) response properties and optokinetic responses by establishing a HC-depleted mouse line...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716667/pupillometric-evaluation-of-the-melanopsin-containing-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-mitochondrial-and-non-mitochondrial-optic-neuropathies
#19
Shakoor Ba-Ali, Henrik Lund-Andersen
In recent years, chromatic pupillometry is used in humans to evaluate the activity of melanopsin expressing intrinsic photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs). Blue light is used to stimulate the ipRGCs and red light activates the rod/cone photoreceptors. The late re-dilation phase of pupillary light reflex is primarily driven by the ipRGCs. Optic neuropathies i.e. Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), autosomal dominant optic atrophy (ADOA), nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), glaucoma, optic neuritis and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) are among the diseases, which have been subject to pupillometric studies...
July 14, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715957/the-transduction-cascade-in-retinal-on-bipolar-cells-signal-processing-and-disease
#20
Kirill A Martemyanov, Alapakkam P Sampath
Our robust visual experience is based on the reliable transfer of information from our photoreceptor cells, the rods and cones, to higher brain centers. At the very first synapse of the visual system, information is split into two separate pathways, ON and OFF, which encode increments and decrements in light intensity, respectively. The importance of this segregation is borne out in the fact that receptive fields in higher visual centers maintain a separation between ON and OFF regions. In the past decade, the molecular mechanisms underlying the generation of ON signals have been identified, which is unique in its use of a G-protein signaling cascade...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Vision Science
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