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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162627/a-therapeutic-combination-of-gpcr-modulators-that-protects-photoreceptors-from-degeneration
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Tivadar Orban, Henri Leinonen, Tamar Getter, Zhiqian Dong, Wenyu Sun, Songqi Gao, Alexander Veenstra, Hossein Heidari-Torkabadi, Timothy S Kern, Philip D Kiser, Krzysztof Palczewski
Degeneration of retinal photoreceptor cells can arise from environmental and/or genetic causes. Since photoreceptor cells, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), neurons and glial cells of the retina are intimately associated; all cell types eventually are affected by retinal degenerative diseases. Such diseases often originate either in rod and/or cone photoreceptor cells or the RPE. Of these, cone cells located in the central retina are especially important for daily human activity. Here we describe the protection of cone cells by a combination therapy consisting of the G protein-coupled receptor modulators metoprolol, tamsulosin, and bromocriptine...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160116/assessment-of-aav-serotype-tropism-in-human-retinal-explants
#2
Luke Aaron Wiley, Erin Burnight, Emily E Kaalberg, Chunhua Jiao, Megan J Riker, Jennifer A Halder, Meagan A Luse, Ian C Han, Stephen R Russell, Elliott H Sohn, Edwin Stone, Budd A Tucker, Robert F Mullins
Advances in the discovery of the causes of monogenic retinal disorders, combined with technologies for the delivery of DNA to the retina, offer enormous opportunities for the treatment of previously untreatable blinding diseases. However, for gene augmentation to be most effective, vectors that have the correct cell-type specificity are needed. While animal models are very useful, they often exhibit differences in retinal cell surface receptors compared to human retina. In this study, we evaluated the use of an ex vivo organotypic explant system to test the transduction efficiency and tropism of 7 different adeno-associated viral type 2 (AAV2) serotypes in human retina and retinal pigment epithelium-choroid: AAV2/1, AAV2/2, AAV2/4, AAV2/5, AAV2/6, AAV2/8, and AAV2/9, all driving expression of GFP under control of the cytomegalovirus promoter...
November 21, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157443/a-benchmark-study-of-automated-intra-retinal-cyst-segmentation-algorithms-using-optical-coherence-tomography-b-scans
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G N Girish, V A Anima, Abhishek R Kothari, P V Sudeep, Sohini Roychowdhury, Jeny Rajan
(BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES): Retinal cysts are formed by accumulation of fluid in the retina caused by leakages from inflammation or vitreous fractures. Analysis of the retinal cystic spaces holds significance in detection and treatment of several ocular diseases like age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema etc. Thus, segmentation of intra-retinal cysts and quantification of cystic spaces are vital for retinal pathology and severity detection. In the recent years, automated segmentation of intra-retinal cysts using optical coherence tomography B-scans has gained significant importance in the field of retinal image analysis...
January 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156536/a-review-on-exudates-detection-methods-for-diabetic-retinopathy
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REVIEW
Shilpa Joshi, P T Karule
The presence of exudates on the retina is the most characteristic symptom of diabetic retinopathy. As exudates are among early clinical signs of DR, their detection would be an essential asset to the mass screening task and serve as an important step towards automatic grading and monitoring of the disease. Reliable identification and classification of exudates are of inherent interest in an automated diabetic retinopathy screening system. Here we review the numerous early studies that used for automatic exudates detection with the aim of providing decision support in addition to reducing the workload of an ophthalmologist...
November 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155795/in-vivo-imaging-of-cx3cr1gfp-gfp-reporter-mice-with-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-and-scanning-laser-ophthalmoscopy
#5
Despina Kokona, Joël Jovanovic, Andreas Ebneter, Martin S Zinkernagel
Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) are extensively used in experimental ophthalmology. In the present protocol, mice expressing green fluorescent protein (gfp) under the promoter of Cx3cr1 (BALB/c-Cx3cr1(gfp/gfp)) were used to image microglia cells in vivo in the retina. Microglia are resident macrophages of the retina and have been implicated in several retinal diseases(1)(,)(2)(,)(3)(,)(4)(,)(5)(,)(6). This protocol provides a detailed approach for generation of retinal B-scans, with SD-OCT, and imaging of microglia cell distribution in Cx3cr1(gfp/gfp) mice with SLO in vivo, using an ophthalmic imaging platform system...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155757/dissection-of-human-retina-and-rpe-choroid-for-proteomic-analysis
#6
Thiago Cabral, Marcus A Toral, Gabriel Velez, James E DiCarlo, Anuradha M Gore, MaryAnn Mahajan, Stephen H Tsang, Alexander G Bassuk, Vinit B Mahajan
The human retina is composed of the sensory neuroretina and the underlying retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE), which is firmly complexed to the vascular choroid layer. Different regions of the retina are anatomically and molecularly distinct, facilitating unique functions and demonstrating differential susceptibility to disease. Proteomic analysis of each of these regions and layers can provide vital insights into the molecular process of many diseases, including Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), diabetes mellitus, and glaucoma...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155720/m%C3%A3-ller-glia-cell-activation-in-a-laser-induced-retinal-degeneration-and-regeneration-model-in-zebrafish
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Federica M Conedera, Petra Arendt, Carolyn Trepp, Markus Tschopp, Volker Enzmann
A fascinating difference between teleost and mammals is the lifelong potential of the teleost retina for retinal neurogenesis and regeneration after severe damage. Investigating the regeneration pathways in zebrafish might bring new insights to develop innovative strategies for the treatment of retinal degenerative diseases in mammals. Herein, we focused on the induction of a focal lesion to the outer retina in adult zebrafish by means of a 532 nm diode laser. A localized injury allows investigating biological processes that take place during retinal degeneration and regeneration directly at the area of damage...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155433/-neuroanatomy-of-the-visual-pathway
#8
Stephan Heermann
Precise knowledge of the neuroanatomy of the visual system including the perception of visual stimuli in the retina, the transmission of visual information to other areas of the central nervous system and the processing of visual information, are most important for diagnostics of diseases, which are affecting this system. Such knowledge allows, even after just a clinical examination, already a quite precise localisation of potential lesions. The aim of this article is to illustrate the neuroanatomy of the visual system with the focus on the visual pathway and the processing of visual information...
November 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152454/recent-advances-in-retinal-stem-cell-therapy
#9
Sujoy Bhattacharya, Rajashekhar Gangaraju, Edward Chaum
Purpose of review: Progress in stem cell research for blinding diseases over the past decade is now being applied to patients with retinal degenerative diseases and soon perhaps, glaucoma. However, the field still has much to learn about the conversion of stem cells into various retinal cell types, and the potential delivery methods that will be required to optimize the clinical efficacy of stem cells delivered into the eye. Recent findings: Recent groundbreaking human clinical trials have demonstrated both the opportunities and current limitations of stem cell transplantation for retinal diseases...
September 2017: Current Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150673/m%C3%A3-ller-glial-micrornas-are-required-for-the-maintenance-of-glial-homeostasis-and-retinal-architecture
#10
Stefanie G Wohl, Nikolas L Jorstad, Edward M Levine, Thomas A Reh
To better understand the roles of microRNAs in glial function, we used a conditional deletion of Dicer1 (Dicer-CKOMG) in retinal Müller glia (MG). Dicer1 deletion from the MG leads to an abnormal migration of the cells as early as 1 month after the deletion. By 6 months after Dicer1 deletion, the MG form large aggregations and severely disrupt normal retinal architecture and function. The most highly upregulated gene in the Dicer-CKOMG MG is the proteoglycan Brevican (Bcan) and overexpression of Bcan results in similar aggregations of the MG in wild-type retina...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148528/why-the-macula
#11
REVIEW
A C Bird, D Bok
The regional susceptibility of the retina to diseases has been well known by clinicians for many years. It is surprising that the implications of these observations have not spawned major research efforts to characterise the structural and functional attributes of the outer retina in different regions of a foveate retina. Without such an effort, the understanding of the disease mechanisms in retinal dystrophies will remain limited and may hamper therapeutic efforts. That outer retinal disease is responsible for over 50% of blind registration in the western world underlines the importance of these considerations...
November 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148158/long-term-anesthetic-protocol-in-rats-feasibility-in-electrophysiology-studies-in-visual-prosthesis
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Alejandro Barriga-Rivera, Veronica Tatarinoff, Nigel H Lovell, John W Morley, Gregg J Suaning
Electrical stimulation of excitable cells provides therapeutic benefits for a variety of medical conditions, including restoration of partial vision to those blinded via some types of retinal degeneration. To improve visual percepts elicited by the current technology, researchers are conducting acute electrophysiology experiments, mainly in cats. However, the rat can provide a model of a range of retinal diseases and possesses a sufficiently large eye to be used in this field. This article presents a long-term anesthetic protocol to enable electrophysiology experiments to further the development of visual prostheses...
November 17, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145690/-visual-analysis-of-retinal-oct-data
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Martin Röhlig, Anselm Jünemann, Dagmar-Christiane Fischer, Ruby Kala Prakasam, Oliver Stachs, Heidrun Schumann
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) enables noninvasive high-resolution 3D imaging of the human retina, and thus plays a fundamental role in ophthalmology. Via OCT examination, even subtle retinal changes can be captured, which occur in very early stages of different diseases (e.g., glaucoma, diabetes mellitus, or age-related macular degeneration). Yet, analyzing the resulting data is challenging. Conventionally, OCT data are strongly aggregated via automated methods. While this reduces the amount of information to be analyzed, it also makes it difficult, if not impossible, to identify small and localized retinal changes...
November 16, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145208/curcumin-delays-retinal-degeneration-by-regulating-microglia-activation-in-the-retina-of-rd1-mice
#14
Yanhe Wang, Zhiyuan Yin, Lixiong Gao, Dayu Sun, Xisu Hu, Langyue Xue, Jiaman Dai, YuXiao Zeng, Siyu Chen, Boju Pan, Min Chen, Jing Xie, Haiwei Xu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is characterized by degeneration of photoreceptors, and there are currently no effective treatments for this disease. However, curcumin has shown neuroprotectant efficacy in a RP rat and swine model, and thus, may have neuroprotective effects in this disease. METHODS: Immunofluorescence staining, electroretinogram recordings, and behavioral tests were used to analyze the effects of curcumin and the underlying mechanism in retinal degeneration 1 (rd1) mice...
November 17, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141386/-clinical-characteristics-and-surgical-effect-observation-of-congenital-aniridia-combined-with-cataract
#15
X H Wu, Q Z Cao, Y X Hu, J N Lin, H T Lin, W R Chen, Y Z Liu
Objective: To analyze the clinical manifestations, surgical approaches and postoperative prognosis for the cases of congenital aniridia combined with cataract. Methods: In this retrospective case series, 26 patients diagnosed with congenital aniridia combined with cataract were collected from Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center from February 2002 to August 2016. The Clinical data were collected to analyze the clinical features, surgical approaches and postoperative prognosis. T-test was used for statistical analysis...
November 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138533/comparison-of-visual-outcomes-after-bilateral-implantation-of-a-diffractive-trifocal-intraocular-lens-and-blended-implantation-of-an-extended-depth-of-focus-intraocular-lens-with-a-diffractive-bifocal-intraocular-lens
#16
André Lins de Medeiros, André Gustavo de Araújo Rolim, Antonio Francisco Pimenta Motta, Bruna Vieira Ventura, César Vilar, Mário Augusto Pereira Dias Chaves, Pedro Carlos Carricondo, Wilson Takashi Hida
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the visual outcomes and subjective visual quality between bilateral implantation of a diffractive trifocal intraocular lens, Alcon Acrysof IQ(®) PanOptix(®) TNFT00 (group A), and blended implantation of an extended depth of focus lens, J&J Tecnis Symfony(®) ZXR00 with a diffractive bifocal intraocular lens, J&J Vision Tecnis(®) ZMB00 (group B). Methods: This prospective, nonrandomized, consecutive, comparative study included the assessment of 40 eyes in 20 patients implanted with multifocal intraocular lens...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138314/imaging-and-quantifying-ganglion-cells-and-other-transparent-neurons-in-the-living-human-retina
#17
Zhuolin Liu, Kazuhiro Kurokawa, Furu Zhang, John J Lee, Donald T Miller
Ganglion cells (GCs) are fundamental to retinal neural circuitry, processing photoreceptor signals for transmission to the brain via their axons. However, much remains unknown about their role in vision and their vulnerability to disease leading to blindness. A major bottleneck has been our inability to observe GCs and their degeneration in the living human eye. Despite two decades of development of optical technologies to image cells in the living human retina, GCs remain elusive due to their high optical translucency...
November 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137322/the-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-plays-a-key-role-in-ocular-degenerative-changes-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-disease-suggesting-a-correlation-between-ocular-and-brain-pathologies
#18
Lucia Buccarello, Alessandra Sclip, Matteo Sacchi, Anna Maria Castaldo, Ilaria Bertani, Andrea ReCecconi, Silvia Maestroni, Gianpaolo Zerbini, Paolo Nucci, Tiziana Borsello
Recently a range of ocular manifestations such as retinal and lens amyloid-beta accumulation and retinal nerve fiber layer loss have been proposed as potential biomarkers in Alzheimer disease (AD). The TgCRND8 mouse model of AD exhibits age-dependent amyloid β (Aβ) oligomers accumulation and cognitive defects, amyloid plaques and hyperphosphorylated Tau deposition and inflammation. We proved the correlation between ocular pathologies and AD, observing increased levels of p-APP and p-Tau, accumulation of Aβ oligomers in the retina, eye, and optic nerve...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137141/steroid-and-xenobiotic-receptor-signalling-in-apoptosis-and-autophagy-of-the-nervous-system
#19
REVIEW
Agnieszka Wnuk, Małgorzata Kajta
Apoptosis and autophagy are involved in neural development and in the response of the nervous system to a variety of insults. Apoptosis is responsible for cell elimination, whereas autophagy can eliminate the cells or keep them alive, even in conditions lacking trophic factors. Therefore, both processes may function synergistically or antagonistically. Steroid and xenobiotic receptors are regulators of apoptosis and autophagy; however, their actions in various pathologies are complex. In general, the estrogen (ER), progesterone (PR), and mineralocorticoid (MR) receptors mediate anti-apoptotic signalling, whereas the androgen (AR) and glucocorticoid (GR) receptors participate in pro-apoptotic pathways...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135322/retinal-structure-in-pre-clinical-age-related-macular-degeneration
#20
S Nusinowitz, Y Wang, P Kim, S Habib, R Baron, Y Conley, M Gorin
PURPOSE: To determine, if there are identifiable retinal structural changes associated with genetic risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-three subjects (range 51.5 to 68.9 years) participated in this prospective study. Subjects were recruited based on the presence of a family history of AMD in one or both parents. All participants underwent a complete ophthalmic exam and imagery for staging of disease severity and genetic testing to assess genetic risk for AMD development...
November 14, 2017: Current Eye Research
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