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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784939/automatic-cone-photoreceptor-localisation-in-healthy-and-stargardt-afflicted-retinas-using-deep-learning
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Benjamin Davidson, Angelos Kalitzeos, Joseph Carroll, Alfredo Dubra, Sebastien Ourselin, Michel Michaelides, Christos Bergeles
We present a robust deep learning framework for the automatic localisation of cone photoreceptor cells in Adaptive Optics Scanning Light Ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) split-detection images. Monitoring cone photoreceptors with AOSLO imaging grants an excellent view into retinal structure and health, provides new perspectives into well known pathologies, and allows clinicians to monitor the effectiveness of experimental treatments. The MultiDimensional Recurrent Neural Network (MDRNN) approach developed in this paper is the first method capable of reliably and automatically identifying cones in both healthy retinas and retinas afflicted with Stargardt disease...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782826/sheets-of-human-retinal-progenitor-transplants-improve-vision-in-rats-with-severe-retinal-degeneration
#2
Bin Lin, Bryce T McLelland, Anuradha Mathur, Robert B Aramant, Magdalene J Seiler
Loss of photoreceptors and other retinal cells is a common endpoint in retinal degenerate (RD) diseases that cause blindness. Retinal transplantation is a potential therapy to replace damaged retinal cells and improve vision. In this study, we examined the development of human fetal retinal sheets with or without their retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) transplanted to immunodeficient retinal degenerate rho S334ter-3 rats. Sheets were dissected from fetal human eyes (11-15.7 weeks gestation) and then transplanted to the subretinal space of 24-31 d old RD nude rats...
May 18, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781741/slowly-progressive-retinitis-pigmentosa-caused-by-two-novel-mutations-in-the-mak-gene
#3
Joanna Monika Gray, Harry Otway Orlans, Morag Shanks, Penny Clouston, Robert Elvis MacLaren
BACKGROUND: The growing number of clinical trials currently underway for inherited retinal diseases has highlighted the importance of achieving a molecular diagnosis for all new cases presenting to hospital eye services. The male germ cell-associated kinase (MAK) gene encodes a cilium-associated protein selectively expressed in the retina and testis, and has recently been implicated in autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Whole exome sequencing has previously identified a homozygous Alu insertion in probands with recessive RP and nonsense and missense mutations have also been reported...
May 21, 2018: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778740/alpha-1-antitrypsin-ameliorates-inflammation-and-neurodegeneration-in-the-diabetic-mouse-retina
#4
Gustavo Ortiz, Emiliano S Lopez, Juan P Salica, Constanza Potilinski, Mariano Fernández Acquier, Eduardo Chuluyan, Juan E Gallo
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the most common cause of blindness in the working age population. Early events of DR are accompanied by neurodegeneration of the inner retina resulting in ganglion cell loss. These findings together with reduced retinal thickness are observed within the first weeks of experimental DR. Besides, an inflammatory process is triggered in DR in which the innate immune response plays a relevant role. Alpha 1 antitrypsin (AAT), an inhibitor of serine proteases, has shown anti-inflammatory properties in several diseases...
May 17, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777261/mitochondrial-quality-control-in-amd-does-mitophagy-play-a-pivotal-role
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Juha M T Hyttinen, Johanna Viiri, Kai Kaarniranta, Janusz Błasiak
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the predominant cause of visual loss in old people in the developed world, whose incidence is increasing. This disease is caused by the decrease in macular function, due to the degeneration of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. The aged retina is characterised by increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), impaired autophagy, and DNA damage that are linked to AMD pathogenesis. Mitophagy, a mitochondria-specific type of autophagy, is an essential part of mitochondrial quality control, the collective mechanism responsible for this organelle's homeostasis...
May 18, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775563/anolis-carolinensis-as-a-model-to-understand-molecular-and-cellular-basis-of-foveal-development
#6
Naif S Sannan, Xianghong Shan, Kevin Gregory-Evans, Kenro Kusumi, Cheryl Y Gregory-Evans
The fovea is an anatomical specialization of the central retina containing closely packed cone-photoreceptors providing an area of high acuity vision in humans and primates. Despite its key role in the clarity of vision, little is known about the molecular and cellular basis of foveal development, due to the absence of a foveal structure in commonly used laboratory animal models. Of the amniotes the retina in birds of prey and some reptiles do exhibit a typical foveal structure, but they have not been studied in the context of foveal development due to lack of availability of embryonic tissue, lack of captive breeding programs, and limited genomic information...
May 15, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774506/therapeutic-potential-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-derived-exosomes-in-the-treatment-of-eye-diseases
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C Randall Harrell, Bojana Simovic Markovic, Crissy Fellabaum, Aleksandar Arsenijevic, Valentin Djonov, Nebojsa Arsenijevic, Vladislav Volarevic
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were, due to their immunomodulatory and pro-angiogenic characteristics, extensively explored as new therapeutic agents in cell-based therapy of uveitis, glaucoma, retinal and ocular surface diseases.Since it was recently revealed that exosomes play an important role in biological functions of MSCs, herewith we summarized current knowledge about the morphology, structure, phenotype and functional characteristics of MSC-derived exosomes emphasizing their therapeutic potential in the treatment of eye diseases...
May 18, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774170/liquid-biopsy-of-vitreous-reveals-an-abundant-vesicle-population-consistent-with-the-size-and-morphology-of-exosomes
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Yuanjun Zhao, Sarah R Weber, Joshua Lease, Mariano Russo, Christopher A Siedlecki, Li-Chong Xu, Han Chen, Weiwei Wang, Michael Ford, Rafael Simó, Jeffrey M Sundstrom
Purpose: To investigate the molecular components of the vitreous in order to better understand retinal physiology and disease. Methods: Vitreous was acquired from patients undergoing vitrectomy for macular hole and/or epiretinal membrane, postmortem donors, and C57BL/6J mice. Unbiased proteomic analysis was performed via electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Gene ontology analysis was performed and results were confirmed with transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA)...
May 2018: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772051/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-of-pigmented-paravenous-retinochoroidal-atrophy
#9
Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Chiara Giuffrè, Alessandro Rabiolo, Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Francesco Bandello
A 58-year-old man with bilateral pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy (PPRCA) associated with macular coloboma in the right eye underwent color fundus photography and fundus autofluorescence with the California ultra-widefield retinal imaging system (Optos, Dunfermline, UK), spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) (Heidelberg Spectralis HRA + OCT; Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany), and en face OCT angiography (OCTA) (AngioPlex, Cirrus HD-OCT 5000; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA)...
May 1, 2018: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772042/subfoveal-choroidal-thickness-as-a-potential-predictor-of-clinical-response-to-stereotactic-radiotherapy-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#10
Mahdy Ranjbar, Maximilian Kurz, Annekatrin Holzhey, Dirk Rades, Salvatore Grisanti
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) is a new adjuvant treatment modality that has been shown to reduce the need for repetitive intravitreal injections (IVIs) in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). The authors aimed to determine baseline predictors of clinical response to SRT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational case series of patients with nAMD who underwent SRT and subsequently had at least 12 months of complete follow-up...
May 1, 2018: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770594/functional-optical-coherence-tomography-of-neurovascular-coupling-interactions-in-the-retina
#11
Taeyoon Son, Minhaj Alam, Devrim Toslak, Benquan Wang, Yiming Lu, Xincheng Yao
Quantitative evaluation of retinal neurovascular coupling is essential for a better understanding of visual function and early detection of eye diseases. However, there is no established method to monitor coherent interactions between stimulus-evoked neural activity and hemodynamic responses at high resolution. Here we report a multi-modal functional optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging methodology to enable concurrent intrinsic optical signal (IOS) imaging of stimulus-evoked neural activity and hemodynamic responses at capillary resolution...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767815/the-effect-of-glatiramer-acetate-on-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness-in-patients-with-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-a-longitudinal-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Robert Zivadinov, Eleonora Tavazzi, Jesper Hagemeier, Ellen Carl, David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman
BACKGROUND: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a technique that allows for the assessment of retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (RNFLT) and total macular volume (TMV), which reflect neuroaxonal integrity within the retina. As such it has been used in multiple sclerosis (MS) to study neurodegeneration. Glatiramer acetate (GA) is a widely used treatment for MS, which is suggested to have a possible neuroprotective role. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess RFNLT and TMV changes in relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) patients who started treatment with GA and were followed for a 24-month period...
May 16, 2018: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767720/functional-analyses-of-rare-genetic-variants-in-complement-component-c9-identified-in-patients-with-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Mariann Kremlitzka, Maartje J Geerlings, Sarah de Jong, Bjorn Bakker, Sara C Nilsson, Sascha Fauser, Carel B Hoyng, Eiko K de Jong, Anneke I den Hollander, Anna M Blom
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive disease of the central retina and the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the western world. The involvement of abnormal complement activation in AMD has been suggested by association of variants in genes encoding complement proteins with disease development. A low-frequency variant (p.P167S) in the complement component C9 (C9) gene was recently shown to be highly associated with AMD, however its functional outcome remains largely unexplored. In this study, we reveal five novel rare genetic variants (p...
May 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767277/microglial-density-determines-the-appearance-of-pathological-neovascular-tufts-in-oxygen-induced-retinopathy
#14
Wenqin Xu, Zhicha Hu, Yang Lv, Guorui Dou, Zifeng Zhang, Haiyan Wang, Yusheng Wang
The oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) animal model established in C57 mice and SD rats has been widely used in retinal neovascular disease studies, while Balb/c mice have not been used because Balb/c OIR mice lack neovascular tufts. One study found a substantial difference in the density of retinal microglia between C57 and Balb/c mice; however, no direct evidence could clarify whether the density of retinal microglia in Balb/c mice led to this difference. In our study, intraperitoneal injection of minocycline was used to inhibit the activation of microglia and intravitreal injection of clodronate liposomes was used to decrease the density of microglia in Balb/c OIR model mice...
May 16, 2018: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766027/efficacy-and-safety-of-glycosidic-enzymes-for-improved-gene-delivery-to-the-retina-following-intravitreal-injection-in-mice
#15
Jasmina Cehajic-Kapetanovic, Nina Milosavljevic, Robert A Bedford, Robert J Lucas, Paul N Bishop
Viral gene delivery is showing great promise for treating retinal disease. Although subretinal vector delivery has mainly been used to date, intravitreal delivery has potential advantages if low retinal transduction efficiency can be overcome. To this end, we investigated the effects of co-injection of glycosaminoglycan-degrading enzymes, singly or in combination, with AAV2 as a method of increasing retinal transduction. Experiments using healthy mice demonstrated that these enzymes enhance retinal transduction...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765944/uveal-melanoma-5-year-update-on-incidence-treatment-and-survival-seer-1973-2013
#16
Mary E Aronow, Allan K Topham, Arun D Singh
Purpose: To analyze trends in incidence, treatment, and survival of uveal melanoma in the United States from 1973 to 2013 using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. Materials and Methods: Patients were identified using International Classification of Disease for Oncology codes: C69.3 (choroid), C69.4 (ciliary body and iris), and C69.2 (retina). Trends in age-adjusted incidence, treatment (surgery or radiation), and 5-year relative survival were calculated...
April 2018: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762536/proteomics-of-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium-rpe-cells
#17
REVIEW
Sarka Beranova-Giorgianni, Francesco Giorgianni
Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) are specialized, multifunctional cells in the retina that form a monolayer of cuboidal, polarized cells adjoining the photoreceptor cells. The RPE are a critical component of the blood-retinal barrier, and they play essential functional roles for maintenance of retinal homeostasis and for support and health of photoreceptors. Age-dependent, progressive dysfunction and death of RPE cells and the resultant loss of photoreceptors contribute significantly to the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other retinal degenerative diseases...
May 15, 2018: Proteomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761529/pigmentation-and-vision-is-gpr143-in-control
#18
REVIEW
Brian S McKay
Albinism, typically characterized by decreased melanin synthesis, is associated with significant visual deficits owing to developmental changes during neurosensory retina development. All albinism is caused by genetic mutations in a group of diverse genes including enzymes, transporters, G-protein coupled receptor. Interestingly, these genes are not expressed in the neurosensory retina. Further, regardless of cause of albinism, all forms of albinism have the same retinal pathology, the extent of which is variable...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760528/lrrtm4-c538y-novel-gene-mutation-is-associated-with-hereditary-macular-degeneration-with-novel-dysfunction-of-on-type-bipolar-cells
#19
Yuichi Kawamura, Akiko Suga, Takuro Fujimaki, Kazutoshi Yoshitake, Kazushige Tsunoda, Akira Murakami, Takeshi Iwata
The macula is a unique structure in higher primates, where cone and rod photoreceptors show highest density in the fovea and the surrounding area, respectively. The hereditary macular dystrophies represent a heterozygous group of rare disorders characterized by central visual loss and atrophy of the macula and surrounding retina. Here we report an atypical absence of ON-type bipolar cell response in a Japanese patient with autosomal dominant macular dystrophy (adMD). To identify a causal genetic mutation for the adMD, we performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) on four affected and four-non affected members of the family for three generations, and identified a novel p...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757405/platelets-drive-inflammation-and-target-gray-matter-and-the-retina-in-autoimmune-mediated-encephalomyelitis
#20
Claretta Sonia D'Souza, Zenjiang Li, Dain Luke Maxwell, Oliver Trusler, Melanie Murphy, Sheila Crewther, Karlheinz Peter, Jacqueline Monique Orian
Despite growing evidence for platelets as active players in infection and immunity, it remains unresolved whether platelets contribute to, or are key elements in the development of neuroinflammation. Using the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model of multiple sclerosis, we identified platelet accumulation in the circulation by 7-day postinduction (dpi), ahead of clinical onset which occurs at 13-14 dpi. By inducing platelet depletion between 7 and 16 dpi, we demonstrate an association between platelet accumulation in the spinal cord and disease development...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
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