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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937827/effect-of-saffron-on-metabolic-profile-and-retina-in-apolipoprotein-e-knockout-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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Evangelos K Doumouchtsis, Aspasia Tzani, Ilias P Doulamis, Panagiotis Konstantopoulos, Korou Laskarina-Maria, Georgios Agrogiannis, Emmanouil Agapitos, Marilita M Moschos, Alkiviadis Kostakis, Despina N Perrea
Saffron is a spice that has been traditionally used as a regimen for a variety of diseases due to its potent antioxidant attributes. It is well documented that impaired systemic oxidative status is firmly associated with diverse adverse effects including retinal damage. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of saffron administration against the retinal damage in apoE -/- mice fed a high-fat diet, since they constitute a designated experimental model susceptible to oxidative stress. Twenty-one mice were allocated into three groups: Group A (control, n = 7 c57bl/6 mice) received standard chow diet; Group B (high-fat, n = 7 apoE -/- mice) received a high-fat diet; and Group C (high-fat and saffron, n = 7 apoE -/- mice) received a high-fat diet and saffron (25 mg/kg/d) through their drinking water...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936466/mouse-m%C3%A3-ller-cell-isolation-and-culture
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Xiao Liu, Luosheng Tang, Yongqing Liu
Müller cells are the major supportive and protective glial cells across the retina. Unlike in fish, they have lost the capacity to regenerate the retina in mammals. But, mammalian Müller cells still retain certain retinal stem cell properties with various degree of self-renewal and differentiation potentials, and thereby held a merit in cell-based therapies for treating retinal degeneration diseases. In our laboratory, we use an enzymatic procedure to isolate, purify, and culture mouse Müller cells.
August 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936366/constitutive-and-stress-induced-expression-of-ccl5-machinery-in-rodent-retina
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D'Anne S Duncan, William M McLaughlin, Noah Vasilakes, Franklin D Echevarria, Cathryn R Formichella, Rebecca M Sappington
Signaling by inflammatory cytokines and chemokines is associated with neurodegeneration in disease and injury. Here we examined expression of the β-chemokine CCL5 and its receptors in the mouse retina and evaluated its relevance in glaucoma, a common optic neuropathy associated with sensitivity to intraocular pressure (IOP). Using quantitative PCR, fluorescent in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry and quantitative image analysis, we found CCL5 mRNA and protein was constitutively expressed in the inner retina and synaptic layers...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933233/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-retinal-vascular-network-assessment-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Roberta Lanzillo, Gilda Cennamo, Chiara Criscuolo, Antonio Carotenuto, Nunzio Velotti, Federica Sparnelli, Alessandra Cianflone, Marcello Moccia, Vincenzo Brescia Morra
BACKGROUND: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) angiography is a new method to assess the density of the vascular networks. Vascular abnormalities are considered involved in multiple sclerosis (MS) pathology. OBJECTIVE: To assess the presence of vascular abnormalities in MS and to evaluate their correlation to disease features. METHODS: A total of 50 MS patients with and without history of optic neuritis (ON) and 46 healthy subjects were included...
September 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930545/classification-of-retinal-diseases-based-on-oct-images
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Nabila Eladawi, Mohammed M Elmogy, Mohammed Ghazal, Omar Helmy, Ahmed Aboelfetouh, Alaa Riad, Shlomit Schaal, Ayman El-Baz
Optical Coherence Topography (OCT) is an emerging biomedical imaging technology that offers non-invasive real-time, high-resolution imaging of highly scattering tissues. It is widely used in ophthalmology to perform diagnostic imaging on the structure of the anterior eye and the retina. Clinical studies are carried out to assess the application of OCT for some retinal diseases. OCT can provide means for early detection for various types of diseases because morphological changes often occur before the physical symptoms of these diseases...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930518/microperimetric-biofeedback-training-fundamentals-strategies-and-perspectives
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Enzo Maria Vingolo, Giuseppe Napolitano, Serena Fragiotta
Microperimetric biofeedback training (MBFT) is a visual rehabilitative strategy based on fixation stability improvement reinforcing or creating a new preferential fixation locus. The rationale consists in reeducating visual system to a new visual condition, promoting retina-brain transmission, and thus cortical plasticity. The use of MBFT found is major application in visual diseases involving central vision, but later it revealed promising functional outcomes even in myopia, inherited retinal degenerations and nystagmus...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
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/28929580/selective-expression-of-egfp-in-mouse-perivascular-astrocytes-by-modification-of-the-mlc1-gene-using-t2a-based-ribosome-skipping
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Jordan J Toutounchian, Joseph H McCarty
Perivascular astrocyte end feet closely juxtapose cerebral blood vessels to regulate important developmental and physiological processes including endothelial cell proliferation and sprouting as well as the formation of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The mechanisms underlying these events remain largely unknown due to a lack of experimental models for identifying perivascular astrocytes and distinguishing these cell types from other astroglial populations. Megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts 1 (Mlc1) is a transmembrane protein that is expressed in perivascular astrocyte end feet where it controls BBB development and homeostasis...
September 20, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929374/inhibition-of-gsk-3%C3%AE-activation-protects-sd-rat-retina-against-n-methyl-n-nitrosourea-induced-degeneration-by-modulating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Baoying Wang, Chenghu Hu, Xiaobei Yang, Fangying Du, Yan Feng, Hongbo Li, Chunhui Zhu, Xiaorui Yu
Retinal degenerative diseases are characterized by photoreceptor cell loss. Photoreceptor cell loss leading to retinal degeneration can be induced by N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU), which was widely used to mimic the pathology. However, the mechanism by which MNU induces photoreceptor cell loss is still largely unknown. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether phosphorylation of glycogen synthase kinase-3β (p-GSK-3β) is a potent mediator of MNU-induced retinal degeneration and how p-GSK-3β affects the process...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928465/endothelial-adenosine-a2a-receptor-mediated-glycolysis-is-essential-for-pathological-retinal-angiogenesis
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Zhiping Liu, Siyuan Yan, Jiaojiao Wang, Yiming Xu, Yong Wang, Shuya Zhang, Xizhen Xu, Qiuhua Yang, Xianqiu Zeng, Yaqi Zhou, Xuejiao Gu, Sarah Lu, Zhongjie Fu, David J Fulton, Neal L Weintraub, Ruth B Caldwell, Wenbo Zhang, Chaodong Wu, Xiao-Ling Liu, Jiang-Fan Chen, Aftab Ahmad, Ismail Kaddour-Djebbar, Mohamed Al-Shabrawey, Qinkai Li, Xuejun Jiang, Ye Sun, Akrit Sodhi, Lois Smith, Mei Hong, Yuqing Huo
Adenosine/adenosine receptor-mediated signaling has been implicated in the development of various ischemic diseases, including ischemic retinopathies. Here, we show that the adenosine A2a receptor (ADORA2A) promotes hypoxia-inducible transcription factor-1 (HIF-1)-dependent endothelial cell glycolysis, which is crucial for pathological angiogenesis in proliferative retinopathies. Adora2a expression is markedly increased in the retina of mice with oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR). Endothelial cell-specific, but not macrophage-specific Adora2a deletion decreases key glycolytic enzymes and reduces pathological neovascularization in the OIR mice...
September 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927431/role-of-the-sigma-1-receptor-chaperone-in-rod-and-cone-photoreceptor-degenerations-in-a-mouse-model-of-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Huan Yang, Yingmei Fu, Xinying Liu, Pawan K Shahi, Timur A Mavlyutov, Jun Li, Annie Yao, Steven Z-W Guo, Bikash R Pattnaik, Lian-Wang Guo
BACKGROUND: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the most common inherited retinal degenerative disease yet with no effective treatment available. The sigma-1 receptor (S1R), a ligand-regulated chaperone, emerges as a potential retina-protective therapeutic target. In particular, pharmacological activation of S1R was recently shown to rescue cones in the rd10 mouse, a rod Pde6b mutant that recapitulates the RP pathology of autonomous rod degeneration followed by secondary death of cones. The mechanisms underlying the S1R protection for cones are not understood in detail...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924335/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-to-better-understand-glaucoma
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EDITORIAL
Gábor Holló
The term optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) comprises different OCT-based technologies which all allow noninvasive assessment of retinal perfusion, based on moving red blood cells. The main areas where OCTA is currently used are investigation of perfusion and vascular structure of the macular retina (e.g., in macular degenerations and diabetic macular diseases) and the disk and peripapillary retina (in glaucoma and other optic disk diseases). The current editorial provides a brief overview on the potential of OCTA and its use to measure perfusion in the peripapillary retina in glaucoma...
May 2017: Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923503/in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-detects-bilateral-changes-of-corneal-immune-cells-and-nerves-in-unilateral-herpes-zoster-ophthalmicus
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Bernardo M Cavalcanti, Andrea Cruzat, Afsun Sahin, Deborah Pavan-Langston, Eric Samayoa, Pedram Hamrah
PURPOSE: To analyze bilateral corneal immune cell and nerve alterations in patients with unilateral herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) by laser in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) and their correlation with corneal sensation and clinical findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a prospective, cross-sectional, controlled single-center study. Twenty-four eyes of 24 HZO patients and their contralateral clinically unaffected eyes and normal controls (n = 24) were included...
September 15, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922725/ameliorative-impact-of-morus-alba-leaves-aqueous-extract-against-embryonic-ophthalmic-tissue-malformation-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Adel M A Assiri, Mohamed E El-Beeh, Ali H Amin, Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is becoming a serious threat to human health. Morus alba var. multicaulis (Perr.) Loudon (Moraceae) showed a bright future in DM therapy. OBJECTIVE: The study evaluates the antioxidant activity of Morus alba leaves aqueous extract (MLAE) and antidiabetic properties of MLAE in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats focusing on the ameliorative effects against embryogenesis defects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MLAE was assayed for bioactive compounds, and antiradical potential...
September 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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/28920007/towards-treatment-of-stargardt-disease-workshop-organized-and-sponsored-by-the-foundation-fighting-blindness
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REVIEW
Avery E Sears, Paul S Bernstein, Artur V Cideciyan, Carel Hoyng, Peter Charbel Issa, Krzysztof Palczewski, Philip J Rosenfeld, SriniVas Sadda, Ulrich Schraermeyer, Janet R Sparrow, Ilyas Washington, Hendrik P N Scholl
Accumulation of fluorescent metabolic byproducts of the visual (retinoid) cycle is associated with photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelial cell death in both Stargardt disease and atrophic (nonneovascular) age-related macular degeneration (AMD). As a consequence of this observation, small molecular inhibitors of enzymes in the visual cycle were recently tested in clinical trials as a strategy to protect the retina and retinal pigment epithelium in patients with atrophic AMD. To address the clinical translational needs for therapies aimed at both diseases, a workshop organized by the Foundation Fighting Blindness was hosted by the Department of Pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University on February 17, 2017, at the Tinkham Veale University Center, Cleveland, OH, USA...
September 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919188/-contribution-of-multimodal-imaging-in-the-various-stages-of-stargardt-disease
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L El Matri, Y Falfoul, M Kortli, A Hassairi, H Charfi, A Turki, F Kort, A Chebil
PURPOSE: To describe the contribution of multimodal imaging in the various stages of Stargardt disease (STGD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 46 eyes of 23 STGD patients with identified ABCA4 mutations. All patients underwent a complete ophthalmic examination, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), fundus autofluorescence (FAF), fluorescein angiography (FA) and Indocyanine green angiography (ICGA). RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 25...
September 14, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917662/successful-optic-nerve-regeneration-in-the-senescent-zebrafish-despite-age-related-decline-of-cell-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-response-processes
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Jessie Van Houcke, Ilse Bollaerts, Emiel Geeraerts, Benjamin Davis, An Beckers, Inge Van Hove, Kim Lemmens, Lies De Groef, Lieve Moons
Dysfunction of the central nervous system (CNS) in neurodegenerative diseases or after brain lesions seriously affects life quality of a growing number of elderly, since the adult CNS lacks the capacity to replace or repair damaged neurons. Despite intensive research efforts, full functional recovery after CNS disease and/or injury remains challenging, especially in an aging environment. As such, there is a rising need for an aging model in which the impact of aging on successful regeneration can be studied...
August 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914194/diabetic-retinopathy-recent-updates-on-different-biomarkers-and-some-therapeutic-agents
#19
Amjad Ali Khan, Arshad Husain Rahmani, Yousef Homood Aldebasi
BACKGROUND: Diabetic Retinopathy is a leading cause of sight-threatening complication, which occurs due to a number of physiological and metabolic abnormalities during later stages of diabetes. Many of these abnormal changes are consistent with altered oxidative stress, inflammation, genetic set up, advanced glycation end products, and hematological changes. So the altered levels of different biomolecules related to these changes serve as important biomarkers to assess better evaluation and early treatment of this disease...
September 15, 2017: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913545/periostin-in-vitreoretinal-diseases
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REVIEW
Shigeo Yoshida, Takahito Nakama, Keijiro Ishikawa, Shintaro Nakao, Koh-Hei Sonoda, Tatsuro Ishibashi
Proliferative vitreoretinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), and age-related macular degeneration are a leading cause of decreased vision and blindness in developed countries. In these diseases, retinal fibro(vascular) membrane (FVM) formation above and beneath the retina plays an important role. Gene expression profiling of human FVMs revealed significant upregulation of periostin. Subsequent analyses demonstrated increased periostin expression in the vitreous of patients with both proliferative diabetic retinopathy and PVR...
September 14, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
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