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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334846/dapl1-a-susceptibility-locus-for-age-related-macular-degeneration-acts-as-a-novel-suppressor-of-cell-proliferation-in-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Xiaoyin Ma, Huirong Li, Yipin Wang, Jing Wang, Qinxiang Zheng, Jiajia Hua, Juan Yang, Li Pan, Fan Lu, Jia Qu, Ling Hou
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) forms a monolayer at the back of the vertebrate eye and is fundamental to retinal function and homoeostasis. During early development, RPE cells undergo rapid proliferation, but in the adult, they remain normally nonproliferative throughout life. Nevertheless, under pathological conditions such as in proliferative vitreoretinopathy or after retinal ablation, mature RPE cells can re-enter the cell cycle and form nodules or multiple cell layers. Here we show that Dapl1, whose human homolog represents a susceptibility locus for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is highly up-regulated in quiescent but not proliferating RPE cells and that experimental overexpression of DAPL1 in proliferating RPE cells inhibits their proliferation...
February 22, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333572/new-insights-on-complement-inhibitor-cd59-in-mouse-laser-induced-choroidal-neovascularization-mislocalization-after-injury-and-targeted-delivery-for-protein-replacement
#2
Gloriane Schnabolk, Mee Keong Beon, Stephen Tomlinson, Bärbel Rohrer
PURPOSE: The membrane attack complex (MAC) in choriocapillaris (CC) and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) increase with age and disease (age-related macular degeneration). MAC assembly can be inhibited by CD59, a membrane-bound regulator. Here we further investigated the role of CD59 in murine choroidal neovascularization (CNV), a model involving both CC and RPE, and tested whether CR2-CD59, a soluble targeted form of CD59, provides protection. METHODS: Laser-induced CNV was generated in wild type and CD59a-deficient mice (CD59(-/-))...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328288/the-role-of-mf-erg-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-electrophysiological-features-of-amd
#3
Marilita M Moschos, Eirini Nitoda
INTRODUCTION: Age-related macular cegeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual dysfunction worldwide, affecting 9-25% of individuals between 65 and 75 years old. METHODS: We have reviewed the published articles investigating the role of multifocal electroretinogram (mf-ERG) in the diagnosis and treatment of AMD. RESULTS: Visual evoked potentials have revealed decreased amplitudes and higher latencies in patients with AMD, while the degeneration of photoreceptors and abnormalities of retinal pigment epithelium can be identified by electro-oculogram recordings...
March 22, 2017: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325297/engineering-of-pedf-expressing-primary-pigment-epithelial-cells-by-the-sb-transposon-system-delivered-by-pfar4-plasmids
#4
Gabriele Thumann, Nina Harmening, Cécile Prat-Souteyrand, Corinne Marie, Marie Pastor, Attila Sebe, Csaba Miskey, Laurence D Hurst, Sabine Diarra, Martina Kropp, Peter Walter, Daniel Scherman, Zoltán Ivics, Zsuzsanna Izsvák, Sandra Johnen
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) is characterized by choroidal blood vessels growing into the subretinal space, leading to retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell degeneration and vision loss. Vessel growth results from an imbalance of pro-angiogenic (e.g., vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF]) and anti-angiogenic factors (e.g., pigment epithelium-derived factor [PEDF]). Current treatment using intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF antibodies improves vision in about 30% of patients but may be accompanied by side effects and non-compliance...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324113/microrna-expression-patterns-involved-in-amyloid-beta-induced-retinal-degeneration
#5
Peirong Huang, Junran Sun, Fenghua Wang, Xueting Luo, Jingyang Feng, Qing Gu, Te Liu, Xiaodong Sun
Purpose: Dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is characterized by the accumulation of drusen under Bruch's membrane, and amyloid beta (Aβ) is speculated to be one of the key pathologic factors. While the detrimental effects of Aβ on retinas have been widely explored, Aβ-induced epigenetic regulatory changes have yet to be fully investigated. We therefore aimed to identify the microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles in an Aβ-induced mouse model of retinal degeneration. Methods: C57BL/6 mice were intravitreally injected with Aβ1-40 or PBS and the eye tissues were collected for hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, apoptosis immunofluorescence staining, and miRNA profiling...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321407/pten-reduced-uvb-mediated-apoptosis-in-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells
#6
Jia He, Chongde Long, Zixin Huang, Xin Zhou, Xielan Kuang, Lanying Liu, Huijun Liu, Yan Tang, Yuting Fan, Jie Ning, Xinqi Ma, Qingjiong Zhang, Huangxuan Shen
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness and progressive loss of central vision in the elderly population. The important factor of AMD pathogenesis is the degeneration of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells by oxidative stress. Inactivation of PTEN can disrupt intercellular adhesion in the RPE cells, but the mechanism of oxidative stress is less known. Here we presented evidence that UVB-mediated oxidative stress induced apoptosis in ARPE-19 cells. Downregulation of the expression of PTEN in UVB-irradiative RPE cells triggered DNA damage and increased the level of UVB-induced apoptosis by activating p53-dependent pathway...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318359/zika-virus-and-eye
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Rupesh Agrawal, Hnin Hnin Oo, Praveen Kumar Balne, Lisa Ng, Louis Tong, Yee Sin Leo
Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus, is the latest global health concern. Transmission is mainly via Aedes mosquitoes and the infection can be diagnosed on molecular or serologic testings. It typically causes a mild self-remitting illness of low-grade fever, maculopapular rash, and myalgia, but when severe, it is associated with neurological deficits and congenital structural defects. Ocular manifestations are usually mild like nonpurulent conjunctivitis in adults, though it may be linked to uveitis, maculopathy, and hypertensive iridocyclitis...
March 20, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316836/comparison-of-progression-rate-of-retinal-pigment-epithelium-loss-in-patients-with-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-treated-with-ranibizumab-and-aflibercept
#8
Juliana Wons, Magdalena A Wirth, Nicole Graf, Matthias D Becker, Stephan Michels
Purpose. Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) loss in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) seem to have a linear progression but might be influenced by the treatment. The purpose of the study is the comparison of RPE loss over three years in patients treated with intravitreal ranibizumab to patients who were switched to aflibercept. Methods. A retrospective analysis with 96 eyes switched to aflibercept was conducted. The progression rate of RPE loss was evaluated in patients who showed atrophy one year prior to switch (n = 17) or on switch date (n = 19)...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315278/peeking-into-sigma-1-receptor-functions-through-the-retina
#9
Timur A Mavlyutov, Lian-Wang Guo
This review discusses recent advances towards understanding the sigma-1 receptor (S1R) as an endogenous neuro-protective mechanism in the retina , a favorable experimental model system. The exquisite architecture of the mammalian retina features layered and intricately wired neurons supported by non-neuronal cells. Ganglion neurons, photoreceptors , as well as the retinal pigment epithelium, are susceptible to degeneration that leads to major retinal diseases such as glaucoma , diabetic retinopathy , and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and ultimately, blindness...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299239/variability-of-retinal-thickness-measurements-in-tilted-or-stretched-optical-coherence-tomography-images
#10
Akihito Uji, Nizar Saleh Abdelfattah, David S Boyer, Siva Balasubramanian, Jianqin Lei, SriniVas R Sadda
PURPOSE: To investigate the level of inaccuracy of retinal thickness measurements in tilted and axially stretched optical coherence tomography (OCT) images. METHODS: A consecutive series of 50 eyes of 50 patients with age-related macular degeneration were included in this study, and Cirrus HD-OCT images through the foveal center were used for the analysis. The foveal thickness was measured in three ways: (1) parallel to the orientation of the A-scan (Tx), (2) perpendicular to the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) surface in the instrument-displayed aspect ratio image (Ty), and (3) thickness measured perpendicular to the RPE surface in a native aspect ratio image (Tz)...
March 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298893/bis-retinoid-a2e-induces-an-increase-of-basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-via-inhibition-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-1-2-pathway-in-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells-and-facilitates-phagocytosis
#11
Delphine Balmer, Linda Bapst-Wicht, Aswin Pyakurel, Martine Emery, Natacha Nanchen, Christian G Bochet, Raphael Roduit
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in developed countries. Hallmarks of the disease are well known; indeed, this pathology is characterized by lipofuscin accumulation, is principally composed of lipid-containing residues of lysosomal digestion. The N-retinyl-N-retinylidene ethanolamine (A2E) retinoid which is thought to be a cytotoxic component for RPE is the best-characterized component of lipofuscin so far. Even if no direct correlation between A2E spatial distribution and lipofuscin fluorescence has been established in aged human RPE, modified forms or metabolites of A2E could be involved in ARMD pathology...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296613/autologous-induced-stem-cell-derived-retinal-cells-for-macular-degeneration
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Michiko Mandai, Akira Watanabe, Yasuo Kurimoto, Yasuhiko Hirami, Chikako Morinaga, Takashi Daimon, Masashi Fujihara, Hiroshi Akimaru, Noriko Sakai, Yumiko Shibata, Motoki Terada, Yui Nomiya, Shigeki Tanishima, Masahiro Nakamura, Hiroyuki Kamao, Sunao Sugita, Akishi Onishi, Tomoko Ito, Kanako Fujita, Shin Kawamata, Masahiro J Go, Chikara Shinohara, Ken-Ichiro Hata, Masanori Sawada, Midori Yamamoto, Sachiko Ohta, Yasuo Ohara, Kenichi Yoshida, Junko Kuwahara, Yuko Kitano, Naoki Amano, Masafumi Umekage, Fumiyo Kitaoka, Azusa Tanaka, Chihiro Okada, Naoko Takasu, Seishi Ogawa, Shinya Yamanaka, Masayo Takahashi
We assessed the feasibility of transplanting a sheet of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in a patient with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. The iPSCs were generated from skin fibroblasts obtained from two patients with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration and were differentiated into RPE cells. The RPE cells and the iPSCs from which they were derived were subject to extensive testing. A surgery that included the removal of the neovascular membrane and transplantation of the autologous iPSC-derived RPE cell sheet under the retina was performed in one of the patients...
March 16, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291154/assessment-of-drusen-and-other-retinal-degenerative-changes-in-patients-with-hereditary-hemochromatosis
#13
Moreno Menghini, Christian Prünte, Pierre A Krayenbuehl, Albina Nowak
PURPOSE: Iron can exert oxidative damage, and increased accumulation is believed to play a role in age-related macular degeneration. Hereditary hemochromatosis leads to an increase in total body iron. Patients with HH were assessed for drusen and other retinal changes. METHODS: Descriptive uncontrolled study of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, short-wavelength autofluorescence, and color fundus images from patients with HH were used. Diagnosis of HH was established by measuring ferritin and transferrin saturation, and confirmed by genetic testing...
March 13, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288486/differential-disease-progression-in-atrophic-age-related-macular-degeneration-and-late-onset-stargardt-disease
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Moritz Lindner, Stanley Lambertus, Matthias M Mauschitz, Nathalie M Bax, Eveline Kersten, Anna Lüning, Jennifer Nadal, Steffen Schmitz-Valckenberg, Matthias Schmid, Frank G Holz, Carel B Hoyng, Monika Fleckenstein
Purpose: To compare the disease course of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) atrophy secondary to age-related macula degeneratio (AMD) and late-onset Stargardt disease (STGD1). Methods: Patients were examined longitudinally by fundus autofluorescence, near-infrared reflectance imaging, and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA). Areas of RPE atrophy were quantified using semi-automated software, and the status of the fovea was evaluated based on autofluorescence and near-infrared reflectance images...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286282/retinal-accumulation-of-zeaxanthin-lutein-and-%C3%AE-carotene-in-mice-deficient-in-carotenoid-cleavage-enzymes
#15
Binxing Li, Preejith P Vachali, Zhengqing Shen, Aruna Gorusupudi, Kelly Nelson, Brian M Besch, Alexis Bartschi, Simone Longo, Ty Mattinson, Saeed Shihab, Nikolay E Polyakov, Lyubov P Suntsova, Alexander V Dushkin, Paul S Bernstein
Carotenoid supplementation can prevent and reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other ocular disease, but until now, there has been no validated and well-characterized mouse model which can be employed to investigate the protective mechanism and relevant metabolism of retinal carotenoids. β-Carotene oxygenases 1 and 2 (BCO1 and BCO2) are the only two carotenoid cleavage enzymes found in animals. Mutations of the bco2 gene may cause accumulation of xanthophyll carotenoids in animal tissues, and BCO1 is involved in regulation of the intestinal absorption of carotenoids...
March 9, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285324/novel-therapeutics-for-stargardt-disease
#16
REVIEW
Louise J Lu, Ji Liu, Ron A Adelman
DESCRIPTION OF SITUATION: Stargardt disease, an inherited macular dystrophy caused by mutations in the ABCA4 gene encoding a retinal transporter protein, is the most prevalent form of macular degeneration in children. Patients with Stargardt disease develop severe vision loss within their first or second decades of life, which progresses to irreversible decreased visual acuity in almost all cases. Presently, there are no standard treatments for Stargardt disease. However, encouraging progress has been made in the development of innovative approaches to preventing vision loss in Stargardt patients...
March 11, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282700/-choroidal-neovascularisation-other-than-typical-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#17
D Sandner
Choroidal neovascularisation (CNV) in the context of exsudative age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) can be divided into type 1 (occult) and type 2 (classical) membranes. Retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP) or polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) are "rare subtypes" of chorioretinal neovascularisation and are distinguished by their distinct morphology and the sometimes worse response to therapy. Chorioretinal anastomosis, severe exsudates with serosanguinous pigment epithelial detachment and, in PCV, orange-red lesions in the papillomacular bundle can be diagnostic...
March 10, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282610/retinal-pigment-epithelium-secretome-a-diabetic-retinopathy-perspective
#18
REVIEW
Murugeswari Ponnalagu, Murali Subramani, Chaitra Jayadev, Rohit Shetty, Debashish Das
Diabetic retinopathy is a major complication of diabetes mellitus that can lead to retinal vascular abnormalities and visual impairment. While retinal endothelial pathology is well studied, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) layer modifications and the patho-physiological regulations are not widely understood. The RPE is a highly specialized pigmented layer regulating not only physiological functions such as transport of nutrients, ions, absorption of light, phagocytosis of photoreceptor membranes, but also secretion of a number of cytokines, chemokines, angiogenic and anti-angiogenic factors...
March 7, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282423/age-related-macular-degeneration-phenotypes-are-associated-with-increased-tumor-necrosis-alpha-and-subretinal-immune-cells-in-aged-cxcr5-knockout-mice
#19
Hu Huang, Ying Liu, Lei Wang, Wen Li
The role of chemokine receptor in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) remains elusive. The objective of this study is to investigate the role of chemokine receptor Cxcr5 in the pathogenesis of AMD. Cxcr5 gene expression levels (mRNA and protein) are higher in the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of aged C57BL/6 wild type mice than younger ones. Vascular and glial cells express Cxcr5 and its ligand Cxcl13 in mouse retina. Aged Cxcr5 knockout (-/-) mice develop both early and late AMD-like pathological features...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282420/generation-of-retinal-pigmented-epithelium-from-ipscs-derived-from-the-conjunctiva-of-donors-with-and-without-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Zhouhui Geng, Patrick J Walsh, Vincent Truong, Caitlin Hill, Mara Ebeling, Rebecca J Kapphahn, Sandra R Montezuma, Ching Yuan, Heidi Roehrich, Deborah A Ferrington, James R Dutton
Fidelity in pluripotent stem cell differentiation protocols is necessary for the therapeutic and commercial use of cells derived from embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. Recent advances in stem cell technology, especially the widespread availability of a range of chemically defined media, substrates and differentiation components, now allow the design and implementation of fully defined derivation and differentiation protocols intended for replication across multiple research and manufacturing locations...
2017: PloS One
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