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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820848/ranibizumab-and-aflibercept-for-the-treatment-of-pigment-epithelial-detachment-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-data-from-an-observational-study
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Anagha Vaze, Vuong Nguyen, Vincent Daien, Jennifer J Arnold, Stephanie H Young, Chui M Cheung, Ecosse Lamoureux, Mayuri Bhargava, Daniel Barthelmes, Mark C Gillies
PURPOSE: To assess the effect of intravitreal ranibizumab and aflibercept on retinal pigment epithelial detachment (RPED) in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of data from a prospectively designed and implemented clinical audit. Analysis included change in RPED dimensions and visual acuity in 92/233 treatment-naive eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration and RPED 6 months after treatment with either aflibercept or ranibizumab...
August 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820625/multimodal-image-analysis-of-the-retina-in-hunter-syndrome-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii-case-report
#2
Isadora Darriba Macedo Salvucci, Simone Finzi, Maria Kiyoko Oyamada, Chong Ae Kim, Sérgio Luis Gianotti Pimentel
INTRODUCTION: We report a case of retinal and posterior ocular findings in a 33-year-old man diagnosed with Hunter syndrome (Mucopolysaccharidosis type II) in a multimodal imaging way. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient was complaining of blurred night vision for the past 3 years. He had not received any systemic treatment for Hunter syndrome. Vision acuity was 20/20 in both eyes and corneas were clear. Fundus examination revealed bilateral crowded and hyperemic optic nerve heads (elevated in the ocular ultrasound) and areas of subretinal hypopigmentation...
August 18, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
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/28815590/juxtanodin-in-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-expression-and-biological-activities-in-regulating-cell-morphology-and-actin-cytoskeleton-organization
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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
#5
REVIEW
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/28808220/insensitivity-of-pi3k-akt-gsk3-signaling-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-patients
#9
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/28800648/fundus-autofluorescence-findings-in-eyes-with-birdshot-chorioretinitis
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Christian Böni, Jennifer E Thorne, Richard F Spaide, Trucian A Ostheimer, David Sarraf, Ralph D Levinson, Debra A Goldstein, Lana M Rifkin, Albert T Vitale, Glenn J Jaffe, Gary N Holland
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe fundus autofluorescence (FAF) findings in eyes with birdshot chorioretinitis (BSCR) and to compare findings to demographic, medical, and clinical characteristics. Methods: In this multicenter, prospective, cross-sectional study, 172 eyes (86 patients) with BSCR were investigated. Participants underwent a standardized evaluation including collection of demographic data, ophthalmic and treatment history, and ophthalmologic examination...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800019/the-natural-history-of-full-field-stimulus-threshold-decline-in-choroideremia
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Ioannis S Dimopoulos, Paul R Freund, Jacob A Knowles, Ian M MacDonald
PURPOSE: To evaluate full-field sensitivity thresholds (FSTs) across a wide range of choroideremia (CHM) disease stages and to determine their applicability as functional endpoints for CHM clinical trials. METHODS: Thirty CHM subjects (60 eyes) and 50 healthy controls (50 eyes) underwent FST testing under dark-adapted conditions to determine rod- and cone-mediated FSTs. Central retinal structure and function were assessed using fundus autofluorescence and microperimetry...
August 9, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796562/loss-of-endothelial-planar-cell-polarity-and-cellular-clearance-mechanisms-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783619/fully-automated-segmentation-of-fluid-cyst-regions-in-optical-coherence-tomography-images-with-diabetic-macular-edema-using-neutrosophic-sets-and-graph-algorithms
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Abdolreza Rashno, Dara D Koozekanani, Paul M Drayna, Behzad Nazari, Saeed Sadri, Hossein Rabbani, Keshab K Parhi
This paper presents a fully-automated algorithm to segment fluid-associated (fluid-filled) and cyst regions in optical coherence tomography (OCT) retina images of the subjects with diabetic macular edema (DME). The OCT image is segmented using a novel neutrosophic transformation and a graph-based shortest path method. In neutrosophic domain, an image g is transformed into three sets: T (true), I (indeterminate) that represents noise, and F (false). This paper makes four key contributions. First, a new method is introduced to compute the indeterminacy set I, and a new λ-correction operation is introduced to compute the set T in neutrosophic domain...
July 31, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782506/an-inducible-form-of-nrf2-confers-enhanced-protection-against-acute-oxidative-stresses-in-rpe-cells
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Khiem T Vu, John D Hulleman
Increasing evidence suggests that overt oxidative stress within the retina plays an important role in the progression of age-related retinal decline, and in particular, in the disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Nuclear factor erythroid 2-like 2 (Nrf2) is a master transcription factor that upregulates numerous of antioxidant/detoxification genes. Nrf2(-/-) mice develop progressive retinal degeneration that includes the formation of drusen-like deposits, lipofuscin, and sub-retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) deposition of inflammatory proteins...
August 4, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767736/cigarette-smoke-induced-autophagy-impairment-regulates-amd-pathogenesis-mechanisms-in-arpe-19-cells
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Viren Kumar Govindaraju, Manish Bodas, Neeraj Vij
Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness. Genetics, environmental insult, and age-related factors all play a key role in altering proteostasis, the homeostatic process regulating protein synthesis, degradation and processing. These factors also play a role in the pathogenesis of AMD and it has been well established that cigarette smoking (CS) initiates AMD pathogenic mechanisms. The primary goal of this study is to elucidate whether CS can induce proteostasis/autophagy-impairment in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767550/impact-of-long-term-intravitreal-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-on-preexisting-microstructural-alterations-in-diabetic-macular-edema
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Magdalena A Wirth, Juliana Wons, Florentina J Freiberg, Matthias D Becker, Stephan Michels
PURPOSE: Evaluation of the influence of long-term intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment on preexisting retinal microstructural alterations in patients with diabetic macular edema. METHODS: Eyes with diabetic macular edema and a history of ≥ 20 intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (aflibercept and/or ranibizumab) injections were included in this retrospective study. Primary outcome was the extent of disorganization of retinal inner layers, alterations at the outer plexiform layer/Henle fiber layer junction, disruption of external limiting membrane/ellipsoid zone, disruption of retinal pigment epithelium/Bruch complex, and retinal atrophy at baseline versus after ≥ 20 intravitreal injections as visualized by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography images...
August 1, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766280/influence-of-glycosylated-hemoglobin-on-the-choroidal-thickness
#18
Nedime Sahinoglu-Keskek, Rana Altan-Yaycioglu, Handan Canan, Muge Coban-Karatas
PURPOSE: The aim of the study reported here was to assess the influence of serum HbA1c levels on foveal choroidal thickness in diabetic patients. METHODS: A total of 122 eyes from 122 patients who had type 2 DM were studied in this prospective, cross-sectional study. Patients were divided into three groups: 43 patients (43 eyes) without diabetic retinopathy (NDR), 39 patients (39 eyes) with diabetic retinopathy and no macular edema (DR/ME-), 40 patients (40 eyes) with diabetic retinopathy and macular edema (DR/ME+)...
August 1, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755877/multiple-retinal-anomalies-in-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Selin A Adams, Henry A Nasrallah
INTRODUCTION: In addition to being a critical component of the visual system, the retina provides the opportunity for an accessible and noninvasive probe of brain pathology in neuropsychiatric disorders. Several studies have reported various retinal abnormalities in schizophrenia, some primary and others iatrogenic. There is now increasing evidence supporting the existence of retinal anomalies in schizophrenia across structural, neurochemical and physiological parameters. Here, we review the types of retinal pathology in schizophrenia and discuss how these findings may provide novel insights for future research into the neurodevelopmental neurobiology of this syndrome, and possibly as useful biomarkers...
July 26, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752371/retinal-dystrophy-and-subretinal-drusenoid-deposits-in-female-choroideremia-carriers
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Vittoria Murro, Dario Pasquale Mucciolo, Ilaria Passerini, Simona Palchetti, Andrea Sodi, Gianni Virgili, Stanislao Rizzo
PURPOSE: To describe clinical and molecular characteristics in a group of Italian female choroideremia (CHM) carriers and report fundus patterns. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 11 female carriers belonging to six CHM families examined at the Regional Reference Center for Hereditary Retinal Degenerations at the Eye Clinic in Florence. We took into consideration patients with a comprehensive ophthalmological examination, fundus photography, optical coherence tomography (OCT), full field electro-retinography (ERG), and visual field (VF)...
July 27, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
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