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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239524/pattern-of-gray-matter-volumes-related-to-retinal-thickness-and-its-association-with-cognitive-function-in-relapsing-remitting-ms
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Jan-Patrick Stellmann, Hanife Cetin, Kim Lea Young, Sibylle Hodecker, Jana Pöttgen, Diana Bittersohl, Andrea Hassenstein, Timm Oberwahrenbrock, Christoph Heesen, Susanne Siemonsen
BACKGROUND: Neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis (MS) may be investigated in the visual system as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows examining structural integrity in detail. The association between thickness of retinal layers and focal cortical volumes beyond the primary visual system has not been thoroughly investigated. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between focal cortical volume and thickness of retinal layers...
February 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238753/glucocorticoid-induced-leucine-zipper-overexpression-inhibits-lipopolysaccharide-induced-retinal-inflammation-in-rats
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Ruiping Gu, Boya Lei, Qinmeng Shu, Gang Li, Gezhi Xu
Glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper (GILZ) mediates several effects of glucocorticoids and has important anti-inflammatory properties. Here, we explored the role of GILZ in inhibiting retinal inflammation. Endotoxin-induced uveitis (EIU) was established in rats by intravitreal injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). GILZ levels decreased in the EIU retina at 4 h after LPS injection and slowly recovered within 24 h. Retinal GILZ was downregulated by recombinant lentivirus-delivered short-hairpin RNA targeting GILZ (shRNA-GILZ-rLV) and upregulated by recombinant lentivirus-mediated GILZ overexpression (Oe-GILZ-rLV)...
February 24, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238097/igf-1-mediated-survival-from-induced-death-of-human-primary-cultured-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-is-mediated-by-an-akt-dependent-signaling-pathway
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Wenhua Zheng, Qian Meng, Haitao Wang, Fengxia Yan, Peter J Little, Xinguo Deng, Shaofen Lin
Degeneration of the human retinal pigmented epithelium (hRPE) is involved in several eye disorders such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In this study, we investigated the protective effect of IGF-1 on human primary cultured RPE cells and its underlying mechanism. IGF-1 dose- and time-dependently promoted the survival of RPE cells from serum deprivation. Western blot showed that IGF-1 stimulated the activation of the PI3K/Akt and MAPK pathways in hRPE. Inhibition of the PI3K/Akt pathway by the PI3K-specific inhibitor, LY294002 or inhibition of Akt by Akt-specific inhibitors Akt inhibitor VIII or SN-38, or downregulation Akt with siRNA specific for Akt blocked the effect of IGF-1 on hRPE...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238066/crocin-inhibits-oxidative-stress-and-pro-inflammatory-response-of-microglial-cells-associated-with-diabetic-retinopathy-through-the-activation-of-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
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Xinguang Yang, Fuquan Huo, Bei Liu, Jing Liu, Tao Chen, Junping Li, Zhongqiao Zhu, Bochang Lv
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a serious microvascular complication of diabetes mellitus that is closely associated with the degeneration and loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) caused by diabetic microangiopathy and subsequent oxidative stress and an inflammatory response. Microglial cells are classed as neurogliocytes and play a significant role in neurodegenerative diseases. Over-activated microglial cells may cause neurotoxicity and induce the death and apoptosis of RGCs. Crocin is one of the two most pharmacologically bioactive constituents in saffron...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237138/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-in-chorioretinal-disorders
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REVIEW
Paulo Ricardo Chaves De Oliveira, Alan Richard Berger, David Robert Chow
Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a novel imaging modality that incorporates blood motion contrast to create angiograms of the retinal vasculature in a noninvasive manner, without the use of dye. It is a safe procedure and can be repeated as frequently as desired. The use of OCTA for delineation of choroidal neovascular membranes, for the study of microvascular abnormalities in diabetic patients, to assess nonperfused areas in retinal occlusions and vascular changes in macular telangiectasia are some of the potential OCTA applications...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237127/-prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-sickle-retinopathy-in-a-sub-saharan-comprehensive-sickle-cell-center
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A K Dembélé, B A Toure, Y S Sarro, A Guindo, B Fané, L Offredo, S Kené, I Conaré, O Tessougué, Y Traoré, Y Badiaga, M B Sidibé, D Diabaté, M Coulibaly, M Kanta, B Ranque, D A Diallo
INTRODUCTION: Retinopathy is a chronic complication with severe functional consequences in patients with sickle cell disease. Its prevalence is not well known in sub-Saharan Africa because of the absence of screening. We report here the results of a routine screening for sickle retinopathy in a Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: Screening of sickle retinopathy was carried out in all sickle cell patients aged 10 and over, followed between 2010 and 2012...
February 22, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235894/tamoxifen-provides-structural-and-functional-rescue-in-murine-models-of-photoreceptor-degeneration
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Xu Wang, Lian Zhao, Yikui Zhang, Wenxin Ma, Shaimar R Gonzalez, Jianguo Fan, Friedrich Kretschmer, Tudor C Badea, Hao Hua Qian, Wai T Wong
Photoreceptor degeneration is a cause of irreversible vision loss in incurable blinding retinal diseases including retinitis pigmentosa and atrophic age-related macular degeneration. We found in two separate mouse models of photoreceptor degeneration that tamoxifen, a selective estrogen receptor modulator and a drug previously linked with retinal toxicity, paradoxically provided potent neuroprotective effects. In a light-induced degeneration model, tamoxifen prevented onset of photoreceptor apoptosis and atrophy, and maintained near-normal levels of electroretinographic responses...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235399/case-report-of-an-atypical-early-onset-x-linked-retinoschisis-in-monozygotic-twins
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Vittoria Murro, Roberto Caputo, Giacomo Maria Bacci, Andrea Sodi, Dario Pasquale Mucciolo, Sara Bargiacchi, Sabrina Rita Giglio, Gianni Virgili, Stanislao Rizzo
BACKGROUND: X-linked Retinoschisis (XLRS) is one of the most common macular degenerations in young males, with a worldwide prevalence ranging from 1:5000 to 1:20000. Clinical diagnosis of XLRS can be challenging due to the highly variable phenotypic presentation and limited correlation has been identified between mutation type and disease severity or progression. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the atypical early onset of XLRS in 3-month-old monozygotic twins. Fundus examination was characterized by severe bullous retinal schisis with pre-retinal and intraretinal haemorrhages...
February 24, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229127/the-application-of-retinal-fundus-camera-imaging-in-dementia-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Sarah McGrory, James R Cameron, Enrico Pellegrini, Claire Warren, Fergus N Doubal, Ian J Deary, Baljean Dhillon, Joanna M Wardlaw, Emanuele Trucco, Thomas J MacGillivray
INTRODUCTION: The ease of imaging the retinal vasculature, and the evolving evidence suggesting this microvascular bed might reflect the cerebral microvasculature, presents an opportunity to investigate cerebrovascular disease and the contribution of microvascular disease to dementia with fundus camera imaging. METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis was carried out to assess the measurement of retinal properties in dementia using fundus imaging. RESULTS: Ten studies assessing retinal properties in dementia were included...
2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227738/tuning-electrical-stimulation-for-thalamic-visual-prosthesis-an-autoencoder-based-approach
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Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hani M K Mahdi, Bassem Abdullah, Seif Eldawlatly, Hossam H Abolfotuh
Visual prosthesis holds hope of vision restoration for millions with retinal degenerative diseases. Machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks could help in improving prosthetic devices as they could learn how the brain encodes information and imitate that code. This paper introduces an autoencoder-based approach for tuning thalamic visual prostheses. The objective of the proposed approach is to estimate electrical stimuli that are equivalent to a given natural visual stimulus, in a way such that they both elicit responses that are as similar as possible when introduced to a Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN) population...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227209/high-speed-in-vivo-imaging-of-retinal-hemodynamics-in-a-rodent-model-of-hypertension
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Mahdieh Rezaeian, Dana Georgevsky, S Mojtaba Golzan, Stuart L Graham, Mahdieh Rezaeian, Dana Georgevsky, S Mojtaba Golzan, Stuart L Graham, Dana Georgevsky, Mahdieh Rezaeian, S Mojtaba Golzan, Stuart L Graham
The eye is the only organ through which microcirculation can be visualized non-invasively. This unique feature makes the eye and specifically retinal vasculature an excellent target area to monitor and study micro-vascular damage in systemic diseases. Dynamic (real-time) changes of retinal vessels have been shown to be more specific to the disease in comparison with static measurements. In this study we utilize high speed imaging (i.e. 125 fps) to study and derive dynamic changes of retinal vessels in a rat model of hypertension...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227182/strategies-to-improve-stimulation-efficiency-for-retinal-prostheses
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Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland, Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland, Mark S Humayun, Kiran Nimmagadda, Navya S Davuluri, James D Weiland, Artin Petrossians
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative disease of the retina that leads to vision loss. Retinal prostheses are being developed in order to restore functional vision in patients suffering from RP. We conducted in-vivo experiments in order to identify strategies to efficiently stimulate the retina. We electrically stimulated the retina and measured electrically evoked potentials (EERs) from the superior colliculus of rats. We compared the strength of EERs when voltage-controlled and current-controlled pulses of varying pulse width and charge levels were applied to the retina...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226751/deep-neural-ensemble-for-retinal-vessel-segmentation-in-fundus-images-towards-achieving-label-free-angiography
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A Lahiri, Abhijit Guha Roy, Debdoot Sheet, Prabir Kumar Biswas, A Lahiri, Abhijit Guha Roy, Debdoot Sheet, Prabir Kumar Biswas, Debdoot Sheet, Prabir Kumar Biswas, A Lahiri
Automated segmentation of retinal blood vessels in label-free fundus images entails a pivotal role in computed aided diagnosis of ophthalmic pathologies, viz., diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive disorders and cardiovascular diseases. The challenge remains active in medical image analysis research due to varied distribution of blood vessels, which manifest variations in their dimensions of physical appearance against a noisy background. In this paper we formulate the segmentation challenge as a classification task...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226744/toward-a-severity-index-for-rop-an-unsupervised-approach
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Peng Tian, Esra Ataer-Cansizoglu, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Susan Ostmo, Karyn Jonas, R V Paul Chan, J Peter Campbell, Michael F Chiang, Deniz Erdogmus, Peng Tian, Esra Ataer-Cansizoglu, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Susan Ostmo, Karyn Jonas, R V Paul Chan, J Peter Campbell, Michael F Chiang, Deniz Erdogmus, Michael F Chiang, Esra Ataer-Cansizoglu, Peng Tian, Deniz Erdogmus, J Peter Campbell, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, R V Paul Chan, Susan Ostmo, Karyn Jonas
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a disease affecting low birth-weight infants and is the major cause of childhood blindness. Although accurate diagnosis is important, there is a high variability among expert decisions mostly due to subjective thresholds. Existing work focused on automated diagnosis of ROP. In this study, we construct a continuous severity index as an alternative to discrete classification. We follow an unsupervised approach by performing nonlinear dimensionality reduction. Instead of extracting several statistics of image features, each image is represented by the probability distribution of its features...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225727/retinal-hemangioblastoma-and-syrinx-in-von-hippel-lindau-disease
#15
Jay Berdia, Brandon B Johnson, G Baker Hubbard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225726/computer-assisted-retinal-vessel-tortuosity-evaluation-in-novel-mutation-fabry-disease-towards-new-prognostic-markers
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Irene San Román, María-Elena Rodríguez, Orsola Caporossi, Claudia Zoppetti, Andrea Sodi, Alessandro Mecocci, David López, Beatriz Rodríguez, Juan-Ramón Gimeno
PURPOSE: Fabry disease is a rare lysosomal storage disorder with systemic involvement. The authors report on a large Fabry family with GLA p.M187R mutation and exhaustive ophthalmologic assessment. METHODS: Comprehensive systemic evaluation and genetic diagnosis were performed. Ophthalmologic evaluation included intraocular pressure/visual acuity measurement, refractometry, slit lamp examination, retinography, and optical coherence tomography. Three parameters quantified retinal vessel tortuosity: sum of angle metrics, product of angle distance, and triangular index...
March 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225724/outer-retinal-tubulation-in-retinal-dystrophies
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Imoro Z Braimah, Sunila Dumpala, Jay Chhablani
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To evaluate the occurrence and characteristics of outer retinal tubulation (ORT) in an Indian population with retinal dystrophies. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 309 eyes of 157 patients with retinal dystrophies including retinitis pigmentosa (RP, 183 eyes), Stargardt disease (STGD, 93 eyes) and Best disease (33 eyes) were reviewed. The demographic details, clinical data including visual acuity, treatment history and good quality spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) scans were collected...
March 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225373/outer-retinal-tubulation-a-case-series
#18
Leticia A Rousso, Julie A Rodman, Brad Sutton, Diana L Shechtman
PURPOSE: The advent of spectral domain optical coherence tomography has led to superb imaging capabilities in addition to enhanced visualization of the retinal layers. Such advancements have led to the identification of a variety of new retinal conditions, including outer retinal tubulations (ORTs). ORTs are ovoid hyporeflective spaces located in the outer retina. The pathogenesis is unclear but seems to involve sublethal injury to the photoreceptors leading to a compensatory reorganization of the photoreceptor layer with the neighboring ellipsoid zone resulting in a hyperreflective border surrounding a central lumen...
March 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225368/the-fundus-phenotype-associated-with-the-p-ala243val-best1-mutation
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Kamron N Khan, Farrah Islam, Anthony T Moore, Michel Michaelides
PURPOSE: To describe a highly recognizable and reproducible retinal phenotype associated with a specific BEST1 mutation-p.Ala243Val. METHODS: Retrospective review of consecutive cases where genetic testing has identified p.Ala243Val BEST1 as the cause of disease. Electronic patient records were used to extract demographic, as well as functional and anatomical data. These data were compared with those observed with the most common BEST1 genotype, p.Arg218Cys. RESULTS: Eight individuals (six families) were identified with the p...
February 20, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224992/diagnostic-exome-sequencing-in-266-dutch-patients-with-visual-impairment
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Lonneke Haer-Wigman, Wendy Ag van Zelst-Stams, Rolph Pfundt, L Ingeborgh van den Born, Caroline Cw Klaver, Joke Bgm Verheij, Carel B Hoyng, Martijn H Breuning, Camiel Jf Boon, Anneke J Kievit, Virginie Jm Verhoeven, Jan Wr Pott, Suzanne Ceh Sallevelt, Johanna M van Hagen, Astrid S Plomp, Hester Y Kroes, Stefan H Lelieveld, Jayne Y Hehir-Kwa, Steven Castelein, Marcel Nelen, Hans Scheffer, Dorien Lugtenberg, Frans Pm Cremers, Lies Hoefsloot, Helger G Yntema
Inherited eye disorders have a large clinical and genetic heterogeneity, which makes genetic diagnosis cumbersome. An exome-sequencing approach was developed in which data analysis was divided into two steps: the vision gene panel and exome analysis. In the vision gene panel analysis, variants in genes known to cause inherited eye disorders were assessed for pathogenicity. If no causative variants were detected and when the patient consented, the entire exome data was analyzed. A total of 266 Dutch patients with different types of inherited eye disorders, including inherited retinal dystrophies, cataract, developmental eye disorders and optic atrophy, were investigated...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
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