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Retinal vascular disease

Stefan J Lang, Bertan Cakir, Charlotte Evers, Franziska Ludwig, Clemens A K Lange, Hansjürgen T Agostini
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The introduction of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) provides new insights into the retinal vasculature. The aim of this study was to explore the value of OCTA in imaging retinal hemangioblastomas and monitoring laser treatment in patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ten eyes of 10 patients with VHL disease were included in this retrospective case series. All patients underwent complete ophthalmological work-up including OCTA for retinal and optic nerve head hemangioblastoma...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Jingjiang Pi, Ting Tao, Tao Zhuang, Huimin Sun, Xiaoli Chen, Jie Liu, Yu Cheng, Zuoren Yu, Helen H Zhu, Wei-Qiang Gao, Yuanzhen Suo, Xunbin Wei, Paul Chan, Xiangjian Zheng, Ying Tian, Edward Morrisey, Lin Zhang, Yuzhen Zhang
RATIONALE: Angiogenic hypersprouting and leaky vessels are essential for tumor growth. MicroRNAs have unique therapeutic advantages by targeting multiple pathways of tumor-associated angiogenesis, but the function of individual miRNAs of miR302-367cluster in angiogenesis and tumors has not yet been fully evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the functions of miR302-367 in developmental angiogenesis and tumor angiogenesis and explore the molecular mechanisms of microRNA for the treatment of pathological neovascularization-related diseases...
October 18, 2016: Circulation Research
Mao Takahashi, Tomoaki Shiba, Yuuiti Hori, Kenji Suzuki, Kohji Shirai
OBJECTIVE: Cardio ankle vascular index (CAVI) represents arterial stiffness of the aorta, femoral artery and tibial artery. We investigated whether annual change of CAVI is related to the onset of retinal abnormality on optic fundus. DESIGN AND METHOD: Subjects were 1,148 (male 47.4%) urban residents who participated in cardiovascular disease (CVD) screening in Japan during 2005- 2011. All subjects had normal finding of optic fundus at first health check and had not received medical treatment for CVD risk factor during this study...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ruan Kruger, Moliehi Mothae, Wayne Smith
OBJECTIVE: Cigarette smoking weakens the antioxidant defence system and is considered a lifestyle risk factor contributing to cardiovascular disease progression. Little information exists on these links in non-smoking versus smoking populations. We aimed to explore the associations of oxidative stress with markers of vascular function in a young, normotensive bi-ethnic population. DESIGN AND METHOD: We included 237 non-smokers (108 black and 129 white) and 145 smokers (78 black and 67 white) from South Africa between ages 20 and 30 years...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Feng Huang, Qiuxia Huang, Fan Lin, Pengli Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Apelin activity plays a role in regulating blood pressure. This study explored the relationship between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the Apelin gene (APLN) with hypertension and hypertension with central retinal artery equivalent (CRAE) stenosis in a coastal Chinese population. DESIGN AND METHOD: All subjects answered an epidemiological survey for demographic and disease characteristics. Apelin levels were determined and three APLN SNPs, rs56204867, rs3115757, and rs3761581, were evaluated...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Tien Wong
The vasculature in the retina can be viewed directly and non-invasively in vivo, offers a unique perspective of the human microvasculature, and therefore the ability to understand early changes, processes, pathways and consequences of hypertension. In the past 15 years, advances in high resolution digital retinal photography and automated or semi-automated computer image software have been applied to measure and quantify a variety of retinal microvascular parameter, including retinal arteriolar and venular caliber, tortuosity, branching patterns and fractal dimensions...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Tatjana Taubitz, Laura-Pia Steinbrenner, Alexander V Tschulakow, Antje Biesemeier, Sylvie Julien-Schraermeyer, Ulrich Schraermeyer
PURPOSE: Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs are used to treat neovascular eye diseases. Some of these drugs contain Fc fragments (Fc), but it is unknown how their mode of action is influenced by Fc. Therefore, this study investigated the effects of Fc on rat eyes after intravitreal injection. METHODS: Eighteen Long-Evans rats were intravitreally injected with sterile, biotin-labeled rat Fc (9.1 μg in 5 μl PBS). For control, 5 μl PBS was injected in another nine rats...
October 17, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Ae Ra Kee, Tien Yin Wong, Ling-Jun Li
OBJECTIVE: Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is a major disease affecting a large number of young patients. In the recent years, retinal vascular imaging has provided an objective assessment of vascular health in T1DM patients. Our study aims to review the current literature on retinal vascular parameters in T1DM young patients in order to understand: 1. How retinal vessels are affected in T1DM; 2. How such vascular changes can be predictive of future diabetic microvascular complications...
October 17, 2016: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
Jeffery G Grigsby, Donald M Allen, Ana S Ferrigno, Sandeep Vellanki, Cindy E Pouw, Whitney A Hejny, Andrew T C Tsin
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is well established as the main agent responsible for vascular leakage and angiogenesis in the diabetic retina. While VEGF can have positive effects on hyperglycemia stressed retinal tissues, it also plays a role in events progressing to the oxygen-stressed, i.e. hypoxic, diabetic retina. Some VEGF makes it way to the retina from systemic sources and some is produced locally within the eye. Hyperglycemia, oxidants, inflammation, and advanced glycation end-products are all stimulants to VEGF production, both in the hypoxic and the pre-hypoxic retina...
October 7, 2016: Current Diabetes Reviews
Ji-Eun Im, Sun-Hwa Song, Wonhee Suh
PURPOSE: Stem cell factor (SCF) has been recently acknowledged as a novel endothelial permeability factor. However, the mechanisms by which SCF-induced activation of the SCF cognate receptor, cKit, enhances endothelial permeability have not been fully elucidated. This study aimed to investigate the role of Src in SCF-induced breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier (BRB). METHODS: In vitro endothelial permeability and in vivo retinal vascular permeability assays were performed to investigate the role of Src in SCF-induced breakdown of the BRB...
2016: Molecular Vision
Xue Cai, Sudipta Seal, James F McGinnis
PURPOSE: We have shown that cerium oxide nanoparticles (nanoceria), with unique characteristics and catalytic activities, are retained in the retina for more than 1 year after a single intravitreal injection and can be potentially used for the treatment of a variety of eye diseases. The objective of this study is to determine whether the retention of nanoceria in the eye causes inflammation or adverse side effects. METHODS: Wild-type (C57BL/6J) mice at P30 were intravitreally injected with several concentrations of nanoceria...
2016: Molecular Vision
Takahito Nakama, Shigeo Yoshida, Keijiro Ishikawa, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Takaya Abe, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Go Shioi, Naruto Katsuragi, Tatsuro Ishibashi, Ryuichi Morishita, Yoshiaki Taniyama
Retinal neovascularization (NV) due to retinal ischemia is one of the major causes of vision reduction in patients with different types of retinal diseases although anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy can partially reduce the size of the retinal NV. We recently reported that periostin plays an important role in the development of NV and the formation of preretinal fibrovascular membranes, but the role of the splice variants of periostin on retinal NV has not been determined. We examined the expressions of periostin splice variants in the ischemic retinas of a mouse model of oxygen-induced retinal NV...
October 12, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Jörg T Regula, Peter Lundh von Leithner, Richard Foxton, Veluchamy A Barathi, Chui Ming Gemmy Cheung, Sai Bo Bo Tun, Yeo Sia Wey, Daiju Iwata, Miroslav Dostalek, Jörg Moelleken, Kay G Stubenrauch, Everson Nogoceke, Gabriella Widmer, Pamela Strassburger, Michael J Koss, Christian Klein, David T Shima, Guido Hartmann
Anti-angiogenic therapies using biological molecules that neutralize vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) have revolutionized treatment of retinal vascular diseases including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This study reports preclinical assessment of a strategy to enhance anti-VEGF-A monotherapy efficacy by targeting both VEGF-A and angiopoietin-2 (ANG-2), a factor strongly upregulated in vitreous fluids of patients with retinal vascular disease and exerting some of its activities in concert with VEGF-A...
October 14, 2016: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Adam Wylęgała, Sławomir Teper, Dariusz Dobrowolski, Edward Wylęgała
BACKGROUND: Retinal vascular diseases are one of the most common causes of blindness in the developed world. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCT-A) is a new noninvasive method that uses several algorithms to detect blood movement. This enables the creation of high-resolution vascular images with contrast depicting motionless tissue. METHODS: This review presents the results of articles relevant to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), and OCT-A...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Dina El-Fayoumi, Nashwa M Badr Eldine, Amanne F Esmael, Dalia Ghalwash, Hend M Soliman
Purpose: To determine whether type 1 diabetes (T1DM) in children with a mean age of 12.21 ± 3.04 years affects the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and ganglion cell complex (GCC) when compared to age- and sex-matched healthy children. Methods: Forty-six children with T1DM with no diabetic retinopathy (DR) and 50 normal age- and sex-matched controls underwent full clinical ophthalmic and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) examination. Using RTVue Fourier-Domain OCT (version 6...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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
Hong Yan Liu, Jia Huang, Rui Li Wang, Yue Wang, Liang Jie Guo, Tao Li, Dong Wu, Hong Dan Wang, Qian Nan Guo, Dao Quan Dong
Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a hereditary ocular disorder characterized by a failure of peripheral retinal vascularization. In this report, we describe a novel missense mutation of the Norrie disease gene (NDP) in a Chinese family with X-linked FEVR. Ophthalmologic evaluation was performed on four male patients and seven unaffected individuals after informed consent was obtained. Venous blood was collected from the 11 members of this family, and genomic DNA was extracted using standard methods...
October 6, 2016: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
K R Chirco, E H Sohn, E M Stone, B A Tucker, R F Mullins
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a devastating disease-causing vision loss in millions of people around the world. In advanced stages of disease, death of photoreceptor cells, retinal pigment epithelial cells, and choroidal endothelial cells (CECs) are common. Loss of endothelial cells of the choriocapillaris is one of the earliest detectable events in AMD, and, because the outer retina relies on the choriocapillaris for metabolic support, this loss may be the trigger for progression to more advanced stages...
October 7, 2016: Eye
Dordi Austeng, Tora Sund Morken, Stine Bolme, Turid Follestad, Vidar Halsteinli
BACKGROUND: Intravitreal injections (IVI) of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) now improve or stabilize visual acuity in a number of previously untreatable eye diseases, of which the main are age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion and diabetic macular edema. Most patients require multiple injections over lengthy periods of time and the prevalence of treatable conditions is increasing. Anti-VEGF IVI normally administered by physicians, therefore represent a considerable workload on ophthalmologic clinics and will continue to do so in the near future...
October 1, 2016: BMC Ophthalmology
Andrew Koustenis, Alon Harris, Josh Gross, Ingrida Januleviciene, Aaditya Shah, Brent Siesky
In recent years, ophthalmology has experienced significant developments with respect to imaging modalities. Optical coherence tomography angiography is one such technology that seeks to improve diagnostics for retinal diseases. Using standard structural ocular coherence tomography hardware, optical coherence tomography angiography demonstrates the ability to non-invasively visualise the vasculature in the retina and the choroid with high resolution, allowing greater insight into retinal vascular pathologies...
October 4, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
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