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Retinal regeneration

Zhaoxia Mu, Shuqiang Zhang, Chunjiao He, Haitao Hou, Dong Liu, Nan Hu, Hui Xu
The SoxC transcription factors (Sox4, Sox11, and Sox12) play important roles in the development of the vertebrate eye and retina. However, their expression and function during retinal and optic nerve regeneration remain elusive. In this study, we investigated the expression and possible functions of the SoxC genes after retinal and optic nerve injury in adult zebrafish. We found that among the five SoxC members, Sox11b was strongly induced in BrdU-positive cells in the inner nuclear layer (INL) after retinal injury, and morpholino-mediated Sox11b-knockdown significantly reduced the number of proliferating cells in the INL at 4 days post-injury...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience Bulletin
Sangmi Lee, Menna Elaskandrany, Afruja Ahad, Brahim Chaqour
The retina is a complex neurovascular structure that conveys light/visual image through the optic nerve to the visual cortex of the brain. Neuronal and vascular activities in the retina are physically and functionally intertwined, and vascular alterations are consequential to the proper function of the entire visual system. In particular, alteration of the structure and barrier function of the retinal vasculature is commonly associated with the development of vasoproliferative ischemic retinopathy, a set of clinically well-defined chronic ocular microvascular complications causing blindness in all age groups...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Christopher J Sifuentes, Jung-Woong Kim, Anand Swaroop, Pamela A Raymond
Purpose: Zebrafish neurons regenerate from Müller glia following retinal lesions. Genes and signaling pathways important for retinal regeneration in zebrafish have been described, but our understanding of how Müller glial stem cell properties are regulated is incomplete. Mammalian Müller glia possess a latent neurogenic capacity that might be enhanced in regenerative therapies to treat degenerative retinal diseases. Methods: To identify transcriptional changes associated with stem cell properties in zebrafish Müller glia, we performed a comparative transcriptome analysis from isolated cells at 8 and 16 hours following an acute photic lesion, prior to the asymmetric division that produces retinal progenitors...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Da-Ming Cui, Tao Zeng, Jie Ren, Ke Wang, Yi Jin, Lin Zhou, Liang Gao
AIMS: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is induced by complex primary and secondary mechanisms that give rise to cell death, inflammation, and neurological dysfunction. Understanding the mechanisms that drive neurological damage as well as those that promote repair can guide the development of therapeutic drugs for TBI. Kruppel-like factor 4 (KLF4) has been reported to negatively regulate axon regeneration of injured retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) through inhibition of JAK-STAT3 signaling. However, the role of KLF4 in TBI remains unreported...
September 27, 2016: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Robert E MacLaren, Jean Bennett, Steven D Schwartz
Gene and cell therapies have the potential to prevent, halt, or reverse diseases of the retina in patients with currently incurable blinding conditions. Over the past 2 decades, major advances in our understanding of the pathobiologic basis of retinal diseases, coupled with growth of gene transfer and cell transplantation biotechnologies, have created optimism that previously blinding retinal conditions may be treatable. It is now possible to deliver cloned genes safely and stably to specific retinal cell types in humans...
October 2016: Ophthalmology
Michael B Powner, Dawn A Sim, Meidong Zhu, João Nobre-Cardoso, Ryan Jones, Adil Syed, Andrew A Chang, Pearse A Keane, Adnan Tufail, Catherine A Egan, Marcus Fruttiger
Purpose: Retinal ischemia has been traditionally assessed by fluorescein angiography, visualizing perfused vessels. However, this method does not provide any information about nonperfused vessels, and although it is often assumed that vessels in ischemic areas regress, we know little about how nonperfused retinal vessels change over time. Here, we aim to learn more about the long-term fate of nonperfused vessels in the retinal vasculature. Methods: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was used to visualize perfusion as well as structural properties of the retinal vasculature in patients suffering from retinal vascular occlusions...
September 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Martin Miguel Casco-Robles, Md Rafiqul Islam, Wataru Inami, Hibiki Vincent Tanaka, Ailidana Kunahong, Hirofumi Yasumuro, Shiori Hanzawa, Roman Martin Casco-Robles, Fubito Toyama, Fumiaki Maruo, Chikafumi Chiba
The newt, a urodele amphibian, has an outstanding ability- even as an adult -to regenerate a functional retina through reprogramming and proliferation of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells, even though the neural retina is completely removed from the eye by surgery. It remains unknown how the newt invented such a superior mechanism. Here we show that disability of RPE cells to regenerate the retina brings about a symptom of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), even in the newt. When Pax6, a transcription factor that is re-expressed in reprogramming RPE cells, is knocked down in transgenic juvenile newts, these cells proliferate but eventually give rise to cell aggregates that uniformly express alpha smooth muscle actin, Vimentin and N-cadherin, the markers of myofibroblasts which are a major component of the sub-/epi-retinal membranes in PVR...
2016: Scientific Reports
Pamela A Raymond
Functional repair of damage in the nervous system requires re-establishment of precise patterns of synaptic connectivity. A new study shows that after selective ablation, zebrafish retinal neurons regenerate and reconstruct some, although not all, of their stereotypic wiring.
September 12, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Dirk M Lang, Maria Del Mar Romero-Alemán, Bryony Dobson, Elena Santos, Maximina Monzón-Mayor
The myelin-associated protein Nogo-A contributes to the failure of axon regeneration in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS). Inhibition of axon growth by Nogo-A is mediated by the Nogo-66 receptor (NgR). Nonmammalian vertebrates, however, are capable of spontaneous CNS axon regeneration, and we have shown that retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons regenerate in the lizard Gallotia galloti. Using immunohistochemistry, we observed spatiotemporal regulation of Nogo-A and NgR in cell bodies and axons of RGCs during ontogeny...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Mildred V Duprey-Díaz, Jonathan M Blagburn, Rosa E Blanco
After lesions to the mammalian optic nerve, the great majority of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) die before their axons have even had a chance to regenerate. Frog RGCs, on the other hand, suffer only an approximately 50% cell loss, and we have previously investigated the mechanisms by which the application of growth factors can increase their survival rate. Retinoic acid (RA) is a vitamin A-derived lipophilic molecule that plays major roles during development of the nervous system. The RA signaling pathway is also present in parts of the adult nervous system, and components of it are upregulated after injury in peripheral nerves but not in the CNS...
2016: PloS One
Patrice D Smith, Amanda Barber, Kyle Farmer, Keith R Martin
Over the last decade, a large number of research articles have been published demonstrating regeneration and/or neuroprotection of retinal ganglion cells following manipulation of specific genetic and molecular targets. Interestingly, of the targets that have been identified to promote repair following visual system damage, many are genes known to be mutated in different types of cancer. This review explores recent literature on the potential for modulating cancer genes as a therapeutic strategy for visual system repair and looks at the potential clinical challenges associated with implementing this type of therapy...
August 29, 2016: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
Wei-Min Zhang, Zhi-Ren Zhang, Yong-Gang Zhang, Yan-Sheng Gao
BACKGROUND: Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) is regarded as a multifunctional protein possessing neurotrophic and neuroprotective properties. PEDF has a very short half-life, and it would require multiple injections to maintain a therapeutically relevant level without a delivery system. However, multiple injections are prone to cause local damage or infection. To overcome this, we chose a cell-based system that provided sustained delivery of PEDF and compared the effect of weekly injections of PEDF and neural stem cell (NSC)-based intraocular administration of PEDF on retinal ganglion cell (RGC) survival and axon regeneration after optic nerve injury...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
Miguel A Marin, Silmara de Lima, Hui-Ya Gilbert, Roman J Giger, Larry Benowitz, Matthew N Rasband
UNLABELLED: Action potential initiation and propagation in myelinated axons require ion channel clustering at axon initial segments (AIS) and nodes of Ranvier. Disruption of these domains after injury impairs nervous system function. Traditionally, injured CNS axons are considered refractory to regeneration, but some recent approaches challenge this view by showing robust long-distance regeneration. However, whether these approaches allow remyelination and promote the reestablishment of AIS and nodes of Ranvier is unknown...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Xiaohuan Xia, Iqbal Ahmad
Müller glia (MG) are the primary support cells in the vertebrate retina, regulating homeostasis in one of the most metabolically active tissues. In lower vertebrates such as fish, they respond to injury by proliferating and reprogramming to regenerate retinal neurons. In mammals, MG may also react to injury by proliferating, but they fail to initiate regeneration. The barriers to regeneration could be intrinsic to mammalian MG or the function of the niche that cannot support the MG reprogramming required for lineage conversion or both...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Stem Cells
Melissa R Andrews, Sara Soleman, Menghon Cheah, David A Tumbarello, Matthew R J Mason, Elizabeth Moloney, Joost Verhaagen, Jean-Charles Bensadoun, Bernard Schneider, Patrick Aebischer, James W Fawcett
The regenerative ability of CNS axons decreases with age, however, this ability remains largely intact in PNS axons throughout adulthood. These differences are likely to correspond with age-related silencing of proteins necessary for axon growth and elongation. In previous studies, it has been shown that reintroduction of the α9 integrin subunit (tenascin-C receptor, α9) that is downregulated in adult CNS can improve neurite outgrowth and sensory axon regeneration after a dorsal rhizotomy or a dorsal column crush spinal cord lesion...
July 2016: ENeuro
Michael A Dyer
Retinoblastoma is a rare childhood cancer of the developing retina, and studies on this orphan disease have led to fundamental discoveries in cancer biology. Retinoblastoma has also emerged as a model for translational research for pediatric solid tumors, which is particularly important as personalized medicine expands in oncology. Research on retinoblastomas has been combined with the exploration of retinal development and retinal degeneration to advance a new model of cell type-specific disease susceptibility termed 'cellular pliancy'...
October 2016: Trends in Molecular Medicine
Galina Dvoriantchikova, Steve Pappas, Xueting Luo, Marcio Ribeiro, Dagmara Danek, Daniel Pelaez, Kevin K Park, Dmitry Ivanov
Since axon damage and retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss lead to blindness, therapies that increase RGC survival and axon regrowth have direct clinical relevance. Given that NFκB signaling is critical for neuronal survival and may regulate neurite growth, we investigated the therapeutic potential of NFκB signaling in RGC survival and axon regeneration. Although both NFκB subunits (p65 and p50) are present in RGCs, p65 exists in an inactive (unphosphorylated) state when RGCs are subjected to neurotoxic conditions...
August 26, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Supawadee Sukseree, Ying-Ting Chen, Maria Laggner, Florian Gruber, Valérie Petit, Ionela-Mariana Nagelreiter, Veronika Mlitz, Heidemarie Rossiter, Andreas Pollreisz, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, Lionel Larue, Erwin Tschachler, Leopold Eckhart
Targeted gene knockout mouse models have helped to identify roles of autophagy in many tissues. Here, we investigated the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of Atg7f/f Tyr-Cre mice (on a C57BL/6 background), in which Cre recombinase is expressed under the control of the tyrosinase promoter to delete the autophagy gene Atg7. In line with pigment cell-directed blockade of autophagy, the RPE and the melanocytes of the choroid showed strong accumulation of the autophagy adaptor and substrate, sequestosome 1 (Sqstm1)/p62, relative to the levels in control mice...
2016: PloS One
Dongwang Zheng, Xiaoyan Yang, Donglai Sheng, Dongliang Yu, Guoqing Liang, Luming Guo, Mei Xu, Xu Hu, Daqiang He, Yang Yang, Yuying Wang
Pou4f2 acts as a key node in the comprehensive and step-wise gene regulatory network (GRN) and regulates the development of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Accordingly, deletion of Pou4f2 results in RGC axon defects and apoptosis. To investigate the GRN involved in RGC regeneration, we generated a mouse line with a POU4F2-green fluorescent protein (GFP) fusion protein expressed in RGCs. Co-localization of POU4F2 and GFP in the retina and brain of Pou4f2-GFP/+ heterozygote mice was confirmed using immunofluorescence analysis...
August 17, 2016: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
Florence D D'Orazi, Xiao-Feng Zhao, Rachel O Wong, Takeshi Yoshimatsu
Stereotypic patterns of synaptic connections between neurons underlie the ability of the CNS to perform complex but circuit-specific information processing. Tremendous progress has been made toward advancing our understanding of how circuits are assembled during development, but whether the precision of this process can be recaptured after regeneration of neurons in the damaged CNS remains unclear. Here, we harnessed the endogenous regenerative capacity of the zebrafish retina to reconstruct the circuitry of neurons produced after damage...
September 12, 2016: Current Biology: CB
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