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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643712/comparison-of-macular-pigment-optical-density-in-patients-with-dry-and-wet-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Ayhan Ozyurt, Nilufer Kocak, Pınar Akan, Ozlem Gursoy Calan, Taylan Ozturk, Mahmut Kaya, Eyup Karahan, Suleyman Kaynak
AIM: The aim of the study was to evaluate the macular pigment optical density (MPOD) levels in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), dry AMD, and also in healthy controls. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This study was conducted at Department of Ophthalmology, and the study design was a prospective study. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty-eight patients with wet AMD, 51 patients with dry AMD, and 50 controls were included in the study. All patients were naive to both previous lutein or zeaxanthin administration and any previous intravitreal injections...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643528/modulating-release-of-ranibizumab-and-aflibercept-from-thiolated-chitosan-based-hydrogels-for-potential-treatment-of-ocular-neovascularization
#2
Miguel Moreno, Poh Yih Pow, Tan Su Teng Tabitha, Sonali Nirmal, Andreas Larsson, Krishna Radhakrishnan, Jayabalan Nirmal, Soo Tng Quah, Susana Geifman Shochat, Rupesh Agrawal, Subbu Venkatraman
BACKGROUND: This paper describes the synthesis of thiolated chitosan-based hydrogels with varying degrees of crosslinking that has been utilized to modulate release kinetics of two clinically relevant FDA-approved anti-VEGF protein drugs, ranibizumab and aflibercept. These hydrogels have been fabricated into disc shaped structures for potential use as patches on ocular surface. METHODS: Protein conformational changes and aggregation after loading and release was evaluated by circular dichroism (CD), steady-state tryptophan fluorescence spectroscopy, electrophoresis and size-exclusion chromatography (SEC)...
June 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643176/a-promising-tool-in-retina-regeneration-current-perspectives-and-challenges-when-using-mesenchymal-progenitor-stem-cells-in-veterinary-and-human-ophthalmological-applications
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Anna Cislo-Pakuluk, Krzysztof Marycz
Visual impairment is a common ailment of the current world population, with more exposure to CCD screens and fluorescent lighting, approximately 285 billion people suffer from this deficiency and 13% of those are considered clinically blind. More common causes for visual impairment include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy (Zhu et al. Molecular Medicine Reports, 2015; Kolb et al. 2007; Machalińska et al. Current Eye Research, 34(9),748-760, 2009) among a few. As cases of retinal and optic nerve diseases rise, it is vital to find a treatment, which has led to investigation of the therapeutic potential of various stem cells types (Bull et al...
June 22, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642744/unexpected-dominance-of-elusive-acidobacteria-in-early-industrial-soft-coal-slags
#4
Carl-Eric Wegner, Werner Liesack
Acid mine drainage (AMD) and mine tailing environments are well-characterized ecosystems known to be dominated by organisms involved in iron- and sulfur-cycling. Here we examined the microbiology of industrial soft coal slags that originate from alum leaching, an ecosystem distantly related to AMD environments. Our study involved geochemical analyses, bacterial community profiling, and shotgun metagenomics. The slags still contained high amounts of alum constituents (aluminum, sulfur), which mediated direct and indirect effects on bacterial community structure...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641277/association-of-the-cfh-y402h-polymorphism-with-the-1-year-response-of-exudative-amd-to-intravitreal-anti-vegf-treatment-in-the-brazilian-population
#5
Flavio Mac Cord Medina, Augusto Alves Lopes da Motta, Walter Yukihiko Takahashi, Pedro Carlos Carricondo, Mario Martins Dos Santos Motta, Monica B Melo, Jose Paulo C Vasconcellos
AIM: Evidence of the relationship between the polymorphism of the complement factor H (CFH) gene at position 402 (Y402H) and the response to the treatment of wet AMD is controversial. The aim of this study was to compare the functional and morphological 1-year evolution of patients with exudative AMD treated with antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs with the CFH Y402H polymorphism in the Brazilian population. METHODS: Forty-six patients treated for wet AMD with bevacizumab or ranibizumab in a pro re nata regimen were included...
June 23, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637922/targeting-factor-d-of-the-alternative-complement-pathway-reduces-geographic-atrophy-progression-secondary-to-age-related-macular-degeneration
#6
Brian L Yaspan, David F Williams, Frank G Holz, Carl D Regillo, Zhengrong Li, Amy Dressen, Menno van Lookeren Campagne, Kha N Le, Robert R Graham, Tatiana Beres, Tushar R Bhangale, Lee A Honigberg, Ashley Smith, Erin C Henry, Carole Ho, Erich C Strauss
Geographic atrophy is an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and a leading cause of vision loss for which there are no approved treatments. Genetic studies in AMD patients have implicated dysregulation of the alternative complement pathway in the pathogenesis of geographic atrophy. Lampalizumab is a potential therapeutic that targets complement factor D, a pivotal activator of the alternative complement pathway. The MAHALO phase 2 clinical trial was a multicenter, randomized, controlled study that evaluated lampalizumab administered by intravitreal injection monthly (n = 42) and every other month (n = 41) versus sham control (n = 40) in patients with geographic atrophy secondary to AMD...
June 21, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637462/outbreak-tracking-of-aleutian-mink-disease-virus-amdv-using-partial-ns1-gene-sequencing
#7
P Ryt-Hansen, C K Hjulsager, E E Hagberg, M Chriél, T Struve, A G Pedersen, L E Larsen
BACKGROUND: Aleutian Mink Disease (AMD) is an infectious disease of mink (Neovison vison) and globally a major cause of economic losses in mink farming. The disease is caused by Aleutian Mink Disease Virus (AMDV) that belongs to the genus Amdoparvovirus within the Parvoviridae family. Several strains have been described with varying virulence and the severity of infection also depends on the host's genotype and immune status. Clinical signs include respiratory distress in kits and unthriftiness and low quality of the pelts...
June 21, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637435/association-between-polymorphism-rs11200638-in-the-htra1-gene-and-the-response-to-anti-vegf-treatment-of-exudative-amd-a-meta-analysis
#8
Ya-Li Zhou, Chun-Li Chen, Yi-Xiao Wang, Yao Tong, Xiao-Ling Fang, Lin Li, Zhao-Yang Wang
BACKGROUND: Anti-angiogenesis treatments are the most commonly used treatments for the vision loss caused by exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD), in which the anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs with ranibizumab and bevacizumab are current standard treatments. However, the outcome of anti-VEGF therapeutics is not uniform in all patients. METHODS: We performed a literature-based meta-analysis including, five published studies relevant to HTRA1 and response to anti-VEGF treatment (bevacizumab or ranibizumab)...
June 21, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635422/metallothionein-polymorphisms-in-a-northern-spanish-population-with-neovascular-and-dry-forms-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
#9
Montserrat García, Lydia Álvarez, Ángela Fernández, Héctor González-Iglesias, Julio Escribano, Beatriz Fernández-Vega, Eva Villota, Luis Fernández-Vega Cueto, Álvaro Fernández-Vega, Miguel Coca-Prados
BACKGROUND: To elucidate the potential role of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the metallothionein (MT) genes in Northern Spanish patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: A total of 130 unrelated Northern Spanish natives diagnosed with AMD (46 dry, 35 neovascular, and 49 mixed) and 96 healthy controls, matched by age and ethnicity, were enrolled in a case-control study. DNA was isolated from peripheral blood and genotyped for 14 SNPs located at 5 MT genes (MT1A: rs11076161, rs 11640851, rs8052394, and rs7196890; MT1B: rs8052334, rs964372, and rs7191779; MT1M: rs2270836 and rs9936741; MT2A: rs28366003, rs1610216, rs10636, and rs1580833; MT3: rs45570941) using TaqMan probes...
March 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633153/association-between-visual-function-and-subretinal-drusenoid-deposits-in-normal-and-early-age-related-macular-degeneration-eyes
#10
David Neely, Anna V Zarubina, Mark E Clark, Carrie E Huisingh, Gregory R Jackson, Yuhua Zhang, Gerald McGwin, Christine A Curcio, Cynthia Owsley
PURPOSE: To examine the association between subretinal drusenoid deposits (SDDs) identified by multimodal retinal imaging and visual function in older eyes with normal macular health or in the earliest phases of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: Age-related macular degeneration status for each eye was defined according to the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) 9-step classification system (normal = Step 1, early AMD = Steps 2-4) based on color fundus photographs...
July 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632844/complement-mediated-regulation-of-apolipoprotein-e-in-cultured-human-rpe-cells
#11
Ping Yang, Nikolai P Skiba, Grace M Tewkesbury, Victoria M Treboschi, Peter Baciu, Glenn J Jaffe
PURPOSE: Complement activation is implicated in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and complement activation products such as membrane attack complex (MAC) are present in eyes of individuals with AMD. Herein, we investigated the effect of complement activation on induction of ApoE accumulation in human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. METHODS: Cultured human RPE cells were primed with a complement-fixing antibody followed by treatment with C1q-depleted (C1q-Dep) human serum to elicit alternative pathway complement activation...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632841/green-light-autofluorescence-versus-combined-blue-light-autofluorescence-and-near-infrared-reflectance-imaging-in-geographic-atrophy-secondary-to-age-related-macular-degeneration
#12
Maximilian Pfau, Lukas Goerdt, Steffen Schmitz-Valckenberg, Matthias M Mauschitz, Divyansh K Mishra, Frank G Holz, Moritz Lindner, Monika Fleckenstein
Purpose: To compare the intermodality and interreader agreement for geographic atrophy (GA) lesion size quantification in green-light fundus autofluorescence (GAF; excitation = 518 nm) versus combined blue-light fundus autofluorescence (BAF; excitation = 488 nm) and near-infrared reflectance (NIR; 820 nm) -based grading. Methods: Confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (cSLO) GAF, BAF, and NIR images of 40 eyes from 29 patients (mean age 79.7 years) with GA secondary to AMD were recorded according to a standardized protocol...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628761/loss-of-function-of-p2x7-receptor-scavenger-activity-in-aging-mice-a-novel-model-for-investigating-the-early-pathogenesis-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
#13
Kirstan A Vessey, Ben J Gu, Andrew I Jobling, Joanna A Phipps, Ursula Greferath, Mai X Tran, Michael A Dixon, Paul N Baird, Robyn H Guymer, James S Wiley, Erica L Fletcher
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of irreversible, severe vision loss in Western countries. Recently, we identified a novel pathway involving P2X7 receptor scavenger function expressed on ocular immune cells as a risk factor for advanced AMD. In this study, we investigate the effect of loss of P2X7 receptor function on retinal structure and function during aging. P2X7-null and wild-type C57bl6J mice were investigated at 4, 12, and 18 months of age for macrophage phagocytosis activity, ocular histological changes, and retinal function...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626601/long-term-efficacy-of-gmp-grade-xeno-free-hesc-derived-rpe-cells-following-transplantation
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Trevor J McGill, Osnat Bohana-Kashtan, Jonathan W Stoddard, Michael D Andrews, Neelay Pandit, Lior R Rosenberg-Belmaker, Ofer Wiser, Limor Matzrafi, Eyal Banin, Benjamin Reubinoff, Nir Netzer, Charles Irving
PURPOSE: Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) dysfunction underlies the retinal degenerative process in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and thus RPE cell replacement provides an optimal treatment target. We characterized longitudinally the efficacy of RPE cells derived under xeno-free conditions from clinical and xeno-free grade human embryonic stem cells (OpRegen) following transplantation into the subretinal space of Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rats. METHODS: Postnatal (P) day 20 to 25 RCS rats (n = 242) received a single subretinal injection of 25,000 (low)-, 100,000 (mid)-, or 200,000 (high)-dose xeno-free RPE cells...
June 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626417/spironolactone-as-an-adjunctive-treatment-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#15
Kapil G Kapoor, Jennifer Sim
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a potentially sight-threatening condition. The current standard-of-care treatment regimen is serial intravitreal antivascular endothelial growth factor injections. While these typically have great success, they do carry exceptional treatment burden on the patient, cost burden due to their required frequency of use, and the risk of endophthalmitis, which can be devastating. This case report explores an alternative potential option as a treatment adjunct for neovascular AMD (nAMD), and identifies some of the overlap between nAMD and central serous chorioretionpathy...
May 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625537/the-developmental-stage-of-adult-human-stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells-influences-transplant-efficacy-for-vision-rescue
#16
Richard J Davis, Nazia M Alam, Cuiping Zhao, Claudia Müller, Janmeet S Saini, Timothy A Blenkinsop, Francesca Mazzoni, Melissa Campbell, Susan M Borden, Carol J Charniga, Patty L Lederman, Vanessa Aguilar, Michael Naimark, Michael Fiske, Nathan Boles, Sally Temple, Silvia C Finnemann, Glen T Prusky, Jeffrey H Stern
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of central visual loss in the elderly. Retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell loss occurs early in the course of AMD and RPE cell transplantation holds promise to slow disease progression. We report that subretinal transplantation of RPE stem cell (RPESC)-derived RPE cells (RPESC-RPE) preserved vision in a rat model of RPE cell dysfunction. Importantly, the stage of differentiation that RPESC-RPE acquired prior to transplantation influenced the efficacy of vision rescue...
June 13, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624323/post-receptor-neuronal-loss-in-intermediate-age-related-macular-degeneration
#17
Enrico Borrelli, Nizar Saleh Abdelfattah, Akihito Uji, Muneeswar Gupta Nittala, David S Boyer, SriniVas R Sadda
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationship between ganglion cell complex (GCC) thickness and photoreceptor alterations in eyes with intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD). DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study. METHODS: We collected data from 68 eyes with intermediate AMD from 68 patients with spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) imaging. A control group of 50 eyes from 50 healthy subjects was included for comparison...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622989/rare-earth-elements-mobility-processes-in-an-amd-affected-estuary-huelva-estuary-sw-spain
#18
K L Lecomte, A M Sarmiento, J Borrego, J M Nieto
Huelva Estuary is a transition zone where REE-rich acidic waters interact with saline-alkaline seawater. This mixing process influences the geochemical and mineralogical characteristics of particulate and dissolved fractions. The Tinto River has >11,000μgL(-1) dissolved REE (pH=1.66), whereas seawater only reaches 8.75·10(-2)μgL(-1) dissolved REE (pH=7.87). REE-normalized patterns in "pH<6 solutions" are parallel and show similarities, diminishing their concentration as pH increases. Sequential extraction performed on the generated precipitates of mixed solutions indicates that most REE are associated to the residual phase...
June 13, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621538/discovery-of-highly-potent-and-selective-small-molecule-reversible-factor-d-inhibitors-demonstrating-alternative-complement-pathway-inhibition-in-vivo
#19
Edwige Lorthiois, Karen Anderson, Anna Vulpetti, Olivier Rogel, Frederic Cumin, Nils Ostermann, Stefan Steinbacher, Aengus Mac Sweeney, Omar Delgado, Sha-Mei Liao, Stefan Randl, Simon Rüdisser, Solene Dussauge, Kamal Fettis, Laurence Kieffer, Andrea de Ekernez, Louis Yang, Constanze Hartwieg, Upendra A Argikar, Laura R LaBonte, Ronald Newton, Viral Kansara, Stefanie Flohr, Ulrich Hommel, Bruce Jaffee, Jürgen Maibaum
The highly specific S1 serine protease Factor D (FD) plays a central role in the amplification of the complement alternative pathway (AP) of the innate immune system. Genetic associations in humans have implicated AP activation in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and AP dysfunction predisposes individuals to disorders such as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). The combination of structure-based hit identification and subsequent optimization of the center (S)-proline-based lead 7 has led to the discovery of non-covalent reversible and selective human Factor D (FD) inhibitors with drug-like properties...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620711/evaluating-expected-outcomes-of-acid-remediation-in-an-intensively-mined-appalachian-watershed
#20
Andrew S Watson, George T Merovich, J Todd Petty, J Brady Gutta
Assessments of watershed-based restoration efforts are rare but are essential for the science of stream restoration to advance. We conducted a watershed scale assessment of Abram Creek before and after implementation of a watershed-based plan designed to maximize ecological recovery from acid mine drainage (AMD) impairment. We surveyed water chemistry, physical habitat, benthic macroinvertebrates, and fish community structure in three stream types: AMD-impacted (14 streams), AMD-treated (13 streams), and unimpaired reference (4 streams)...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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