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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817343/suppression-of-choroidal-neovascularization-in-mice-by-subretinal-delivery-of-multigenic-lentiviral-vectors-encoding-anti-angiogenic-micrornas
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Anne Louise Askou, Josephine Natalia Esther Benckendorff, Andreas Holmgaard, Tina Storm, Lars Aagaard, Toke Bek, Jacob Giehm Mikkelsen, Thomas Juhl Corydon
Lentivirus-based vectors have been used for the development of potent gene therapies. Here, application of a multigenic lentiviral vector (LV) producing multiple anti-angiogenic microRNAs following subretinal delivery in a laser-induced choroidal neovascularization (CNV) mouse model is presented. This versatile LV, carrying back-to-back RNApolII-driven expression cassettes, enables combined expression of microRNAs targeting vascular endothelial growth factor A (Vegfa) mRNA and fluorescent reporters. In addition, by including a vitelliform macular dystrophy 2 (VMD2) promoter, expression of microRNAs is restricted to the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells...
August 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816861/en-face-versus-12-line-radial-optical-coherence-tomography-scan-patterns-for-detection-of-macular-fluid-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Murtaza K Adam, Abtin Shahlaee, Wasim A Samara, Joseph I Maguire, Allen C Ho, Jason Hsu
PURPOSE: To compare fluid detection of autosegmented en face to 12-line radial spectral domain optical coherence tomography scan patterns in neovascular age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: Retrospective observational case series. Sixty-seven patients (94 eyes) with neovascular age-related macular degeneration underwent autosegmented en face optical coherence tomography (with associated 304-line raster scan) and 12-line radial scan patterns. Sensitivity and specificity of fluid detection for en face scan and 12-line radial scans were determined by combining radial and 304-line raster scans as a gold standard...
August 14, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816076/current-drug-and-molecular-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-atrophic-age-related-macular-degeneration-phase-i-to-phase-iii-clinical-development
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Huiling Li, Sumana R Chintalapudi, Monica M Jablonski
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly. Atrophic AMD, including early, intermediate and geographic atrophy (GA), accounts for ~90% of all cases. It is a multifactorial degeneration characterized by chronic inflammation, oxidative stress and aging components. Although no FDA-approved treatment yet exists for the late stage of atrophic AMD, multiple pathological mechanisms are partially known and several promising therapies are in various stages of development...
August 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815590/juxtanodin-in-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-expression-and-biological-activities-in-regulating-cell-morphology-and-actin-cytoskeleton-organization
#4
Fengyi Liang, Ji Hyun Hwang, Nicholas Weiwei Tang, Walter Hunziker
Juxtanodin (also known as ermin) was initially identified as an actin cytoskeleton-related oligodendroglial protein in the rat central nervous system. It was subsequently also found in the rat olfactory neuroepithelium, especially at the apical junctional belt of the sustentacular cells. We further examined juxtanodin expression and functional roles in the retina using fluorescence histochemistry, confocal microscopy, immuno-electron microscopy, molecular biology and cell culture. Prominent juxtanodin expression was found in the photoreceptor-supporting retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), especially in a zone corresponding to the apices of RPE cells, at the roots of the RPE microvilli, and at the base of RPE cells next to the Bruch's membrane...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814984/protective-mechanisms-of-the-mitochondrial-derived-peptide-humanin-in-oxidative-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-rpe-cells
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Leonid Minasyan, Parameswaran G Sreekumar, David R Hinton, Ram Kannan
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe and irreversible vision loss and is characterized by progressive degeneration of the retina resulting in loss of central vision. The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a critical site of pathology of AMD. Mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum which lie in close anatomic proximity to each other are targets of oxidative stress and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, respectively, and contribute to the progression of AMD. The two organelles exhibit close interactive function via various signaling mechanisms...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814744/monocyte-infiltration-and-proliferation-reestablish-myeloid-cell-homeostasis-in-the-mouse-retina-following-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cell-injury
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Wenxin Ma, Yikui Zhang, Chun Gao, Robert N Fariss, Johnny Tam, Wai T Wong
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading contributor of vision loss, currently lacks comprehensive treatment. While AMD histopathology involves retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) injury associated with immune cell infiltration, the nature of immune cell responses to RPE injury remains undefined. We induced RPE injury pharmacologically and genetically in transgenic mouse models in which microglia and systemic monocytes were separately tagged, enabling a spatial and temporal dissection of the relative contributions of microglia vs...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813619/age-related-changes-in-the-chorioretinal-junction-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Tulika Gupta, Narbada Saini, Jasbir Arora, Daisy Sahni
The chorioretinal junction comprises the retinal pigment epithelium, Bruch's membrane (BM), and adjacent choroidal capillaries. Its significance lies in its ability to support the retina mechanically and metabolically. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to record the senescent changes affecting all the constituents of the chorioretinal junction in 40 histological specimens across the whole spectrum of the adult age range. This study included light microscopy, with hematoxylin and eosin and PAS stains, and fluorescent microscopy...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813577/spatial-correspondence-between-intraretinal-fluid-subretinal-fluid-and-pigment-epithelial-detachment-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Sophie Klimscha, Sebastian M Waldstein, Thomas Schlegl, Hrvoje Bogunovic, Amir Sadeghipour, Ana-Maria Philip, Dominika Podkowinski, Eleonore Pablik, Li Zhang, Michael D Abramoff, Milan Sonka, Bianca S Gerendas, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth
Purpose: To identify the spatial distribution of exudative features of choroidal neovascularization in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) based on the localization of intraretinal cystoid fluid (IRC), subretinal fluid (SRF), and pigment-epithelial detachment (PED). Methods: This retrospective cross-sectional study included spectral-domain optical coherence tomography volume scans (6 × 6 mm) of 1341 patients with treatment-naïve nAMD. IRC, SRF, and PED were detected on a per-voxel basis using fully automated segmentation algorithms...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813576/joint-analysis-of-nuclear-and-mitochondrial-variants-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-identifies-novel-loci-trpm1-and-abhd2-rlbp1
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Patrice J Persad, Iris M Heid, Daniel E Weeks, Paul N Baird, Eiko K de Jong, Jonathan L Haines, Margaret A Pericak-Vance, William K Scott
Purpose: Presently, 52 independent nuclear single nucleotide polymorphisms (nSNPs) have been associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) but their effects do not explain all its variance. Genetic interactions between the nuclear and mitochondrial (mt) genome may unearth additional genetic loci previously unassociated with AMD risk. Methods: Joint effects of nSNPs and selected mtSNPs were analyzed by two degree of freedom (2df) joint tests of association in the International AMD Genomics Consortium (IAMDGC) dataset (17,832 controls and 16,144 advanced AMD cases of European ancestry)...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811796/visual-outcome-after-phacoemulsification-with-lens-implant-in-diabetic-and-non-diabetic-patients-a-comparative-study
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Abdul Rashid Shaikh, Abdul Haleem Mirani, Muhammad Saleh Memon, Muhammad Faisal Fahim
OBJECTIVE: To compare the visual outcomes of phacoemulsification surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) in persons with and without diabetes at end of follow-up. METHODS: This was a comparative, cross sectional, observational study with Non-probability, purposive sampling. After approval from "Research Ethical Committee of Isra Post-graduate Institute of Ophthalmology Karachi, 92 patients with cataract in one eye were selected. Patients were divided into two groups...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808662/the-status-of-maculopathy-in-diabetes-and-prediabetes-patients-in-a-population-based-study-detected-by-optical-coherence-tomography-the-2011-health-examination-survey-in-beijing
#11
Xi Cao, Zhong Xin, Shiming Li, Yue Qi, Mingxia Yuan, Xiaorong Zhu, Jin-Kui Yang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence and the risk factors of maculopathy detected by optical coherence tomography (OCT) in a Chinese population with diabetes or prediabetes. Methods. 8,155 people were randomly selected to participate in the 2011 annual Health Examination Survey in Beijing. A 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was tested in 3760 subjects with fasting plasma glucose (FPG) ≥ 5.6 mmol/L. Of 3,760 subjects, 583 were also randomly selected to take OCT...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808220/insensitivity-of-pi3k-akt-gsk3-signaling-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-patients
#12
Xunxian Liu, Zemin Yao
Our recent studies with cultured retinal pigment epithelium cells suggested that overexpression of interleukin 17 receptor C (IL-17RC), a phenomenon observed in peripheral blood and chorioretinal tissues with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), was associated with altered activation of phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), Akt, and glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3). We wondered whether or not altered PI3K, Akt, and GSK3 activities could be detected in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) obtained from AMD patients...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807155/effects-of-lycium-barbarum-on-the-visual-system
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Abby L Manthey, Kin Chiu, Kwok-Fai So
Lycium barbarum (wolfberry, gogi berry, gouqizi, ) is one of the most widely used Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) and is also one of the most scientifically studied. Indeed, the polysaccharide component of this berry (LBP) has been shown to have antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antiexcitotoxic, and antiapoptotic properties. These properties make it a particularly useful treatment option for the ocular environment. Although there are a handful of studies investigating the use of LBP to treat diseases affecting the lens, the vast majority of the published literature investigating LBP in the visual system focus on the retina...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801615/choroidal-remodeling-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-and-polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy-a-12-month-prospective-study
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Daniel Shu Wei Ting, Yasuo Yanagi, Rupesh Agrawal, Hwei Yee Teo, Sophia Seen, Ian Yew San Yeo, Ranjana Mathur, Choi Mun Chan, Shu Yen Lee, Edmund Yick Mun Wong, Doric Wong, Tien Yin Wong, Gemmy Chui Ming Cheung
Choroid thinning occurs in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, it remains unclear whether the reduction is due to reduction in choroidal vessels or shrinkage of choroidal stroma, or both. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the changes of the choroidal vascular and stromal area in 118 patients with typical AMD (t-AMD) and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) over a 12-month period. We used spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) with enhanced depth imaging (EDI) mode to measure the subfoveal choroidal thickness (CT), central retinal thickness (CRT) and choroidal vascularity index (CVI - ratio of luminal area to total choroidal area)...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801117/incidence-and-outcomes-of-infectious-and-noninfectious-endophthalmitis-after-intravitreal-injections-for-age-related-macular-degeneration
#15
Vincent Daien, Vuong Nguyen, Rohan W Essex, Nigel Morlet, Daniel Barthelmes, Mark C Gillies
PURPOSE: To assess the incidence, cumulative rate, and long-term outcomes of infectious and noninfectious endophthalmitis after intravitreal injections (IVTs) of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents. DESIGN: Database study, prospectively designed. PARTICIPANTS: Treatment-naïve eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) tracked by the Fight Retinal Blindness! (FRB!) registry that commenced anti-VEGF therapy between January 1, 2006, and November 30, 2016...
August 8, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800660/-eye-drops-instead-of-intravitreal-injections-the-dream-of-treating-macular-diseases-by-topically-administered-drugs
#16
Oliver Zeitz, Antonia M Joussen
Background The introduction of VEGF inhibitors revolutionized treatment for age-related macular degeneration. However, it requires regular intravitreal (IVT) injections. Hence, replacement of IVT injections by topical, non-invasive eye drop treatment is subject to intensive research. Material and Methods Literature and database research on topical therapies for neovascular AMD. Results Several clinical projects with topical inhibitors of the VEGF pathway were initiated recently. Several candidate molecules were investigated and should have an efficacy potential in neovascular AMD given their ability to block the VEGF pathway...
August 11, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798980/two-year-outcome-of-an-observe-and-plan-regimen-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-treated-with-aflibercept
#17
Parmis Parvin, Marta Zola, Ali Dirani, Aude Ambresin, Irmela Mantel
PURPOSE: The purpose of our study was to investigate the two-year outcome of Aflibercept treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD), using the Observe-and-Plan regimen, an individually planned treatment regimen, based on the predictability of an individual's need for retreatment, aiming to reduce the clinical burden. METHODS: Our prospective study used the Observe-and-Plan regimen with Aflibercept to treat nAMD: Three loading doses, followed by monthly observation visits until the disease-recurrence interval was determined, which then was shortened by 2 weeks in a treatment plan for the next three injections without intermediate monitoring visits...
August 10, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796997/dynamics-of-inflammatory-factors-in-aqueous-humor-during-ranibizumab-or-aflibercept-treatment-for-age-related-macular-degeneration
#18
Ryosuke Motohashi, Hidetaka Noma, Kanako Yasuda, Osamu Kotake, Hiroshi Goto, Masahiko Shimura
PURPOSE: To evaluate the dynamic changes of the aqueous humor levels of inflammatory factors between patients receiving intravitreal ranibizumab injection (IRI) and aflibercept injection (IAI) in patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: The study was performed on 30 eyes with AMD that were scheduled to receive 3 doses of IRI (15 eyes) or IAI (15 eyes) at monthly intervals. Aqueous humor samples were collected when injection was done...
August 11, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796562/loss-of-endothelial-planar-cell-polarity-and-cellular-clearance-mechanisms-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#19
Maria Mercedes Campos, Mones S Abu-Asab
Apoptosis, autophagosomes, and lysosomes are lacking in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) eyes. Necrosis, not apoptosis, appeared to be the prominent type of cell death in RPE, which led to the accumulation of cell debris within and on both sides of Bruch's membrane. The endothelium of the choriocapillaris had an altered planar cell polarity which encompassed the disappearance of fenestrations, the thickening of cytoplasm, and anterior nuclear dislocation. There were no significant differences in RPE and choroidal aberrations between macular and temporal regions...
August 10, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794849/scaffolds-for-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cell-transplantation-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#20
REVIEW
Corina E White, Ronke M Olabisi
In several retinal degenerative diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, the retinal pigment epithelium, a highly functionalized cell monolayer, becomes dysfunctional. These retinal diseases are marked by early retinal pigment epithelium dysfunction reducing its ability to maintain a healthy retina, hence making the retinal pigment epithelium an attractive target for treatment. Cell therapies, including bolus cell injections, have been investigated with mixed results. Since bolus cell injection does not promote the proper monolayer architecture, scaffolds seeded with retinal pigment epithelium cells and then implanted have been increasingly investigated...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
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