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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433946/the-activities-of-the-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-cop1-spa-a-key-repressor-in-light-signaling
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Ute Hoecker
Light is a critical signal to integrate plant growth and development with the environment. Downstream of photoreceptors, the E3 ubiquitin ligase COP1/SPA is a key repressor of photomorphogenesis which targets many positive regulators of light signaling, mainly transcription factors, for degradation in darkness. In light-grown plants COP1/SPA activity is repressed, allowing light responses to occur. This review provides an overview on our current knowledge on COP1/SPA repressor function, focusing in particular on the roles of the respective protein domains and the mechanisms of light-induced inactivation of COP1/SPA...
April 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433627/docosahexaenoic-acid-promotes-differentiation-of-photoreceptor-cells-in-three-dimensional-neural-retinas
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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/28432360/functional-ectopic-neuritogenesis-by-retinal-rod-bipolar-cells-is-regulated-by-mir-125b-5p-during-retinal-remodeling-in-rcs-rats
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Yan Fu, Baoke Hou, Chuanhuang Weng, Weiping Liu, Jiaman Dai, Congjian Zhao, Zheng Qin Yin
Following retinal degeneration, retinal remodeling can cause neuronal microcircuits to undergo structural alterations, which particularly affect the dendrites of bipolar cells. However, the mechanisms and functional consequences of such changes remain unclear. Here, we used Royal College of Surgeon (RCS) rats as a model of retinal degeneration, to study structural changes in rod bipolar cells (RBCs) and the underlying mechanisms of these changes. We found that, with retinal degeneration, RBC dendrites extended into the outer nuclear layer (ONL) of the retina, and the ectopic dendrites formed synapses with the remaining photoreceptors...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429769/gene-and-mutation-independent-therapy-via-crispr-cas9-mediated-cellular-reprogramming-in-rod-photoreceptors
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Jie Zhu, Chang Ming, Xin Fu, Yaou Duan, Duc Anh Hoang, Jeffrey Rutgard, Runze Zhang, Wenqiu Wang, Rui Hou, Daniel Zhang, Edward Zhang, Charlotte Zhang, Xiaoke Hao, Wenjun Xiong, Kang Zhang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429669/what-can-pharmacological-models-of-retinal-degeneration-tell-us
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M H Reisenhofer, J Balmer, V Enzmann
Animal models with pharmacologically induced retinal degeneration including sodium iodate (NaIO3) and N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) have been extensively used in ophthalmic research to investigate retinal degeneration. NaIO3 induces degeneration of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) followed by photoreceptor (PRC) cell death, mimicking features of age-related macular degeneration. In contrast, MNU leads to rapid destruction of the PRCs only, enabling the use of the MNU model to investigate degeneration induced in retinitis pigmentosa...
March 31, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429324/photomovement-in-euglena
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Donat-P Häder, Mineo Iseki
Motile microorganisms such as the green Euglena gracilis use a number of external stimuli to orient in their environment. They respond to light with photophobic responses, photokinesis and phototaxis, all of which can result in accumulations of the organisms in suitable habitats. The light responses operate synergistically with gravitaxis, aerotaxis and other responses. Originally the microscopically obvious stigma was thought to be the photoreceptor, but later the paraxonemal body (PAB, paraflagellar body) has been identified as the light responsive organelle, located in the trailing flagellum inside the reservoir...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428265/inhibition-of-thyroid-hormone-receptor-locally-in-the-retina-is-a-therapeutic-strategy-for-retinal-degeneration
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Hongwei Ma, Fan Yang, Michael R Butler, Joshua Belcher, T Michael Redmond, Andrew T Placzek, Thomas S Scanlan, Xi-Qin Ding
Thyroid hormone (TH) signaling regulates cell proliferation, differentiation, and metabolism. Recent studies have implicated TH signaling in cone photoreceptor viability. Using mouse models of retinal degeneration, we demonstrated that antithyroid drug treatment and targeting iodothyronine deiodinases (DIOs) to suppress cellular tri-iodothyronine (T3) production or increase T3 degradation preserves cones. In this work, we investigated the effectiveness of inhibition of the TH receptor (TR). Two genes, THRA and THRB, encode TRs; THRB2 has been associated with cone viability...
April 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426630/outer-nuclear-layer-thinning-in-pachychoroid-pigment-epitheliopathy
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M Giray Ersoz, Murat Karacorlu, Serra Arf, Mumin Hocaoglu, Isil Sayman Muslubas
PURPOSE: To compare the average thicknesses of central inner retinal layers in eyes with pachychoroid pigment epitheliopathy (PPE), with uncomplicated pachychoroid (UCP), and of healthy subjects. METHODS: Medical records of patients with PPE and UCP were retrospectively reviewed. Twenty-nine eyes with foveal PPE, 30 eyes with UCP, and 29 eyes of healthy subjects were included. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography with enhanced depth imaging was used for all optical coherence tomography scans...
April 19, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424296/cell-type-specific-changes-in-retinal-ganglion-cell-function-induced-by-rod-death-and-cone-reorganization-in-rats
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Wan-Qing Yu, Norberto M Grzywacz, Eun-Jin Lee, Greg D Field
We have determined the impact of rod death and cone reorganization on the spatiotemporal receptive fields (RFs) and spontaneous activity of distinct RGC types.  We compared RGC function between healthy and retinitis pigmentosa (RP) model rats (S334ter-3) at a time when nearly all rods were lost, but cones remained. This allowed us to determine the impact of rod death on cone-mediated visual signaling -- a relevant time point because the diagnosis of RP frequently occurs when patients are night-blind, but daytime vision persists...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423024/interrelationships-of-vel1-and-env1-in-light-response-and-development-in-trichoderma-reesei
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Hoda Bazafkan, Christoph Dattenböck, Eva Stappler, Sabrina Beier, Monika Schmoll
Sexual development is regulated by a complex regulatory mechanism in fungi. For Trichoderma reesei, the light response pathway was shown to impact sexual development, particularly through the photoreceptor ENVOY. Moreover, T. reesei communicates chemically with a potential mating partner in its vicinity, a response which is mediated by the velvet family protein VEL1 and its impact on secondary metabolism. We therefore studied the regulatory interactions of ENV1 and VEL1 with a focus on sexual development. Although individual mutants in both genes are female sterile under standard crossing conditions (light-dark cycles), an altered light regime enabled sexual development, which we found to be due to conditional female sterility of Δenv1, but not Δvel1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421371/temperature-dependent-signal-transmission-in-chloroplast-accumulation-response
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Takeshi Higa, Satoshi Hasegawa, Yoshio Hayasaki, Yutaka Kodama, Masamitsu Wada
Chloroplast photorelocation movement, well-characterized light-induced response found in various plant species from alga to higher plants, is an important phenomenon for plants to increase photosynthesis efficiency and avoid photodamage. The signal for chloroplast accumulation movement connecting the blue light receptor, phototropin, and chloroplasts remains to be identified, although the photoreceptors and the mechanism of movement via chloroplast actin filaments have now been revealed in land plants. The characteristics of the signal have been found; the speed of signal transfer is about 1 µm min(-1) and that the signal for the accumulation response has a longer life and is transferred a longer distance than that of the avoidance response...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419733/interphotoreceptor-matrix-based-biomaterial-impact-on-human-retinal-progenitor-cell-attachment-and-differentiation
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Joydip Kundu, Andrew Michaelson, Petr Baranov, Marco Chiumiento, Tom Nigl, Michael J Young, Rebecca L Carrier
While cell transplantation therapies show great promise as treatments for retinal degeneration, the challenge of low cell survival upon transplantation motivates exploration of materials that may serve as cell delivery vehicles and promote survival and differentiation. In this study, we explored the native matrix that surrounds the outer segments of photoreceptors and promotes their homeostasis, interphotoreceptor matrix (IPM), as a substrate for human retinal progenitor cells (hRPCs). Bovine IPM was characterized to determine its structure and biochemical composition, and processed to develop substrates for cells...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419563/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-a-novel-single-base-pair-insertion-mutation-in-the-eys-gene-in-a-six-generation-family-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Jamil Amjad Hashmi, Maan Abdullah Albarry, Ahmed Almatrafi, Alia M Albalawi, Amir Mehmood, Sulman Basit
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited progressive retinal dystrophies (RD) and is characterized by photoreceptor degeneration. RP is clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder. More than 70 genes are known and, thus, identification of causative genes and mutations in known genes is challenging. This study was designed to identify the underlying genetic defect in a large extended Saudi family with multiple RP affected members. Fundus photography, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and visual field perimetry were performed for affected individuals...
April 16, 2017: Congenital Anomalies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419403/adaptive-optics-of-small-choroidal-melanoma
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Murilo W Rodrigues, Emil A Say, Carol L Shields, Rodrigo Jorge
The authors report the use of an adaptive optics (AO) system in an asymptomatic patient with small choroidal melanoma. A noninvasive, novel assessment that detected potential photoreceptor abnormalities in the retina overlying the choroidal lesion and adjacent retina is presented. These findings may help current clinical evaluation to monitor structural damage to the outer retina and possibly justify earlier intervention in borderline cases. Future research is warranted to recognize full potential of this imaging modality...
April 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419401/unilateral-pigmented-paravenous-retinochoroidal-atrophy-associated-with-presumed-ocular-tuberculosis
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Guillermo Fernandez-Sanz, Ester Carreño, Sonia Mall, Magella M Neveu, Graham E Holder, Dhanes Thomas
This report describes a case of unilateral pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy (PPRCA) in a patient with low-grade unilateral intermediate uveitis. A 31-year-old woman, previously diagnosed with intermediate uveitis in the right eye (OD) presented to the clinic. Best-corrected visual acuity was 20/20 OD. Fundus examination, fluorescein angiography, autofluorescence, and optical coherence tomography OD were in keeping with a phenotypic diagnosis of PPRCA. Electrophysiology showed severe photoreceptor dysfunction of both the rod and the cone systems OD...
April 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419396/correlation-between-mesopic-retinal-sensitivity-and-optical-coherence-tomographic-metrics-of-the-outer-retina-in-patients-with-non-atrophic-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Tudor C Tepelus, Amir H Hariri, Mayss Al-Sheikh, SriniVas R Sadda
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To determine the correlation between mesopic retinal sensitivity and optical coherence tomographic metrics of the outer retina in patients with intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Participants with nonatrophic dry AMD underwent mesopic MP-3 microperimetry (Nidek, Padova, Italy) and both Nidek and Cirrus (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA) spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). The volume of the outer retinal layers was measured on the Nidek SD-OCT scans using the automatic segmentation algorithm of Navis-EX software...
April 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418497/course-of-sodium-iodate-induced-retinal-degeneration-in-albino-and-pigmented-mice
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Guy Chowers, Matan Cohen, Devora Marks-Ohana, Shelly Stika, Ayala Eijzenberg, Eyal Banin, Alexey Obolensky
Purpose: To characterize the course of sodium iodate (SI)-induced retinal degeneration in young adult albino and pigmented mice. Methods: Single intraperitoneal (IP) injections of SI (25, 50, and 100 mg/kg) were performed in 7- to 8-week-old BALB/c and C57Bl/6J mice. Retinal function and structure was assessed at baseline, 24 hours, 3 days, 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks postinjection by optokinetic tracking response, ERG, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and histologic and immunohistochemical techniques...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418107/a-new-path-in-defining-light-parameters-for-hair-growth-discovery-and-modulation-of-photoreceptors-in-human-hair-follicle
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Serena Buscone, Andrei N Mardaryev, Bianca Raafs, Jan W Bikker, Carsten Sticht, Norbert Gretz, Nilofer Farjo, Natallia E Uzunbajakava, Natalia V Botchkareva
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Though devices for hair growth based on low levels of light have shown encouraging results, further improvements of their efficacy is impeded by a lack of knowledge on the exact molecular targets that mediate physiological response in skin and hair follicle. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of selected light-sensitive receptors in the human hair follicle and to study the impact of UV-free blue light on hair growth ex vivo. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The expression of Opsin receptors in human skin and hair follicles has been characterized using RT-qPCR and immunofluorescence approaches...
April 18, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418100/a-surprisingly-big-role-for-big-k-bk-channels-in-retinal-horizontal-cells
#19
Wallace B Thoreson
Horizontal cells are lateral inhibitory neurons in the outer part of the retina that receive excitatory synaptic inputs from rod and cone photoreceptors and, in turn, make reciprocal inhibitory contacts back onto photoreceptor synapses This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
April 18, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416692/immunomodulation-accelerated-neuronal-regeneration-following-selective-rod-photoreceptor-cell-ablation-in-the-zebrafish-retina
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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...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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