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Macular pigment

Wen Lin, Guoxing Xu
Increasing evidence has demonstrated that excessive blue-light (BL) with high photochemical energy and phototoxicity could induce apoptosis in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. RPE apoptosis leads to retina damage and further aggravate age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). Because of their neuroprotective, plasticity, and immunomodulatory ability, bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are recognized for retinal neuroprotection. RPE cells possess ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) receptor complexes and can respond to CNTF; hence, we investigated the effects of BMSCs over-expressing CNTF on BL-injured RPE cells...
March 21, 2018: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Khaled Elmasry, Riyaz Mohamed, Isha Sharma, Nehal M Elsherbiny, Yutao Liu, Mohamed Al-Shabrawey, Amany Tawfik
To study Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy)-induced epigenetic modifications as potential mechanisms of blood retinal barrier (BRB) dysfunction, retinas isolated from three- week-old mice with elevated level of Homocysteine (Hcy) due to lack of the enzyme cystathionine β-synthase ( cbs-/- , cbs+/- and cbs+/+ ), human retinal endothelial cells (HRECs), and human retinal pigmented epithelial cells (ARPE-19) treated with or without Hcy were evaluated for (1) histone deacetylases (HDAC), (2) DNA methylation (DNMT), and (3) miRNA analysis...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Maria L Stunkel, Scott E Brodie, Artur V Cideciyan, Wanda L Pfeifer, Elizabeth L Kennedy, Edwin M Stone, Samuel G Jacobson, Arlene V Drack
PURPOSE: GUCY2D has been associated with autosomal recessive Leber Congenital Amaurosis and autosomal dominant cone-rod dystrophy. This report expands the phenotype of autosomal recessive mutations to congenital night blindness which may slowly progress to retinitis pigmentosa. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Multicenter study of five patients (3 male, 2 female). RESULTS: All presented with night blindness since childhood...
March 17, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Sarah Thiele, Maximilian Pfau, Petra P Larsen, Monika Fleckenstein, Frank G Holz, Steffen Schmitz-Valckenberg
Purpose: To evaluate the development of central atrophy in eyes with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Methods: Six-year longitudinal multimodal retinal imaging data (MODIAMD study) from 98 eyes of 98 subjects with non-late-stage AMD in the study eye at baseline were analyzed for the presence of central atrophy at each annual follow-up visit. Development, manifestation, and further progression of complete retinal pigment epithelium and outer retinal atrophy (cRORA) by multimodal imaging data were compared with atrophy detection based on color fundus photography only...
March 20, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
J J García-Medina, M Del-Rio-Vellosillo, A Palazón-Cabanes, M Tudela-Molino, C Gómez-Molina, A Guardiola-Fernández, M P Villegas-Pérez
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate changes in retinal layers of the macula (mRLs) using OCT posterior pole program (PPP) in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 128 patients with POAG and 103 healthy controls who had PPP maps (macular grid 8×8) drawn by SD-OCT. Only one eye per patient was studied. The 9 mRLs were automatically segmented by prototype software, obtaining: a macular retinal nerve fibre layer (mRNFL), ganglion cell layer (GCL), inner plexiform layer (IPL), inner nuclear layer (INL), outer plexiform+nuclear layer, photoreceptor layer, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), outer retina and RPE+outer retina...
March 16, 2018: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
Olivia Xerri, Sawsen Salah, Dominique Monnet, Antoine P Brézin
BACKGROUND: Acute Posterior Multifocal Placoid Pigment Epitheliopathy (APMPPE) is a rare inflammatory eye disease that affects the Retinal Pigment Epithelium and outer retina. The purpose of this study was to describe its presentations, as well as its prognosis in a series of untreated patients. METHODS: Records of patients seen in the department of Ophthalmology at Cochin University Hospital, Paris, between April 2002 and June 2015 were retrospectively studied...
March 20, 2018: BMC Ophthalmology
Lyndon da Cruz, Kate Fynes, Odysseas Georgiadis, Julie Kerby, Yvonne H Luo, Ahmad Ahmado, Amanda Vernon, Julie T Daniels, Britta Nommiste, Shazeen M Hasan, Sakina B Gooljar, Amanda-Jayne F Carr, Anthony Vugler, Conor M Ramsden, Magda Bictash, Mike Fenster, Juliette Steer, Tricia Harbinson, Anna Wilbrey, Adnan Tufail, Gang Feng, Mark Whitlock, Anthony G Robson, Graham E Holder, Mandeep S Sagoo, Peter T Loudon, Paul Whiting, Peter J Coffey
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) remains a major cause of blindness, with dysfunction and loss of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) central to disease progression. We engineered an RPE patch comprising a fully differentiated, human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived RPE monolayer on a coated, synthetic basement membrane. We delivered the patch, using a purpose-designed microsurgical tool, into the subretinal space of one eye in each of two patients with severe exudative AMD. Primary endpoints were incidence and severity of adverse events and proportion of subjects with improved best-corrected visual acuity of 15 letters or more...
March 19, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
Sara Touhami, Fanny Beguier, Sébastien Augustin, Hugo Charles-Messance, Lucile Vignaud, Emeline F Nandrot, Sacha Reichman, Valérie Forster, Thibaud Mathis, José-Alain Sahel, Bahram Bodaghi, Xavier Guillonneau, Florian Sennlaub
BACKGROUND: The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a monolayer of pigmented cells with important barrier and immuno-suppressive functions in the eye. We have previously shown that acute stimulation of RPE cells by tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) downregulates the expression of OTX2 (Orthodenticle homeobox 2) and dependent RPE genes. We here investigated the long-term effects of TNFα on RPE cell morphology and key functions in vitro. METHODS: Primary porcine RPE cells were exposed to TNFα (at 0...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Stephen Beatty, Rebecca Power, John Nolan
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March 15, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
Jean-François Korobelnik
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March 15, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
A Zh Fursova, N V Chubar, M S Tarasov, M A Vasilyeva, G G Pustovaya, I F Saifullina
The apparent success of antiangiogenic therapy in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) shows the significance of effect prognosis and continuous observation. PURPOSE: to study the influence of prognostic factors on the dynamics of functional and morphological response during anti-VEGF therapy in patients with nAMD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of anti-angiogenic therapy results was performed on the data of 1020 patients with nAMD...
2018: Vestnik Oftalmologii
Rehan M Hussain, Ninel Z Gregori, Thomas A Ciulla, Byron L Lam
Pharmacotherapy with visual cycle modulators (VCMs) is under investigation for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), Stargardt macular dystrophy (SMD) and nonexudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD), all blinding diseases that lack effective treatment options. Areas covered: The authors review investigational VCMs, including oral retinoids, 9-cis-retinyl-acetate (zuretinol) and 9-cis-β-carotene, which restore 11-cis-retinal levels in RP and LCA caused by LRAT and RPE65 gene mutations, and may improve visual acuity and visual fields...
March 15, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Jun Kim, Hong Lan Jin, Dae Sik Jang, Kwang Won Jeong, Se-Young Choung
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is among the increasing number of diseases causing irreversible blindness in the elderly. Dry AMD is characterized by the accumulation of lipofuscin in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. N-Retinylidene-N-retinylethanolamine (A2E), a component of lipofuscin, is oxidized to oxo-A2E under blue light illumination, leading to retinal cell death. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effect and mechanism of quercetin-3-O-α-l-arabinopyranoside (QA) against blue light (BL)-induced damage in both RPE cells and mice models...
March 15, 2018: Food & Function
George Inana, Christopher Murat, Weijun An, Xiang Yao, Ian R Harris, Jing Cao
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness among the elderly characterized by retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) degeneration with accumulation of abnormal intracellular deposits (lipofuscin) and photoreceptor death. RPE is vital for the retina and integrity of photoreceptors through its phagocytic function which is closely linked to formation of lipofuscin through daily phagocytosis of discarded photoreceptor outer segments (POS). Although phagocytosis has been implicated in AMD, it has not been directly shown to be altered in AMD...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Ebru N Cetin, Selda Sayin Kutlu, Osman Parca, Murat Kutlu, Gökhan Pekel
PURPOSE: To evaluate choroidal, macular, peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thicknesses and retinal vascular caliber alterations in HIV-1-infected patients without opportunistic infections. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 45 HIV-1-infected patients and 47 healthy subjects. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography was used for assessment of choroidal, macular, peripapillary RNFL thicknesses and retinal vascular caliber alterations. RESULTS: The mean CD4 count was 426 ± 226 cells per milliliter and the mean HIV-1 RNA level was 1...
March 8, 2018: Retina
Po-Jung Pao, Eszter Emri, Safiya Bishar Abdirahman, Talha Soorma, Hui-Hui Zeng, Stefanie M Hauck, Richard B Thompson, Imre Lengyel
Population-based and interventional studies have shown that elevated zinc levels can reduce the progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration. The objective of this study was to assess whether elevated extracellular zinc has a direct effect on retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE), by examining the phenotype and molecular characteristics of increased extracellular zinc on human primary RPE cells. Monolayers of human foetal primary RPE cells were grown on culture inserts and maintained in medium supplemented with increasing total concentrations of zinc (0, 75, 100, 125 and 150 μM) for up to 4 weeks...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Johann Schottler, Niklas Randoll, Ralph Lucius, Amke Caliebe, Johann Roider, Alexa Klettner
Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) therapy is given repeatedly for an extended period of time to patients when treated for age-related macular degeneration. While short-term effects of anti-VEGF agents on retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells have been investigated, the effects of long-term and repeated treatment on these cells are scarce. In this study, we have investigated the effects of anti-VEGF treatment after long-term, repeated treatment on cell aging and morphology. The experiments were conducted in primary porcine RPE cells passage one and two...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Chi Yun Doreen Ho, Zhichao Wu, Andrew Turpin, David J Lawson, Chi D Luu, Allison M McKendrick, Robyn H Guymer
Purpose: To determine the feasibility of a tablet-based application to detect changes in retinal sensitivity and correlations with underlying pathology in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) eyes undergoing treatment and in at-risk fellow eyes. Method: Participants with nAMD in at least one eye were recruited, examined, and imaged using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Retinal sensitivity was measured within the central 5° at 12 locations using a customized test delivered on an iPad...
March 2018: Translational Vision Science & Technology
Caspar Geenen, Declan C Murphy, Maria T Sandinha, Jon Rees, David H W Steel
PURPOSE: To investigate the association between the vertical elevation of the external limiting membrane (ELM) and visual outcome in patients undergoing surgery for idiopathic full-thickness macular hole. METHODS: Retrospective observational study of a consecutive cohort of patients undergoing vitrectomy to treat macular hole. The greatest vertical height of the central ELM above the retinal pigment epithelium (ELM height) was measured on spectral domain optical coherence tomography preoperatively...
March 5, 2018: Retina
Sungsoon Hwang, Se Woong Kang, Sang Jin Kim, Jun Won Jang, Kyung Tae Kim
PURPOSE: To report the clinical outcomes of reduced-fluence photodynamic therapy (PDT) for symptomatic subfoveal retinal pigment epithelial detachment (RPED) in central serous chorioretinopathy and identify prognostic factors affecting treatment outcome. METHODS: This retrospective interventional study included 35 eyes of 35 patients with serous subfoveal RPED with choroidal hyperpermeability. Cases with evidence of age-related macular degeneration were excluded from the study...
March 5, 2018: Retina
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