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Stela Vujosevic, Ferdinando Martini, Edoardo Midena
Type 3 neovascularization is considered to originate within the retina with subsequent expansion of the neovascular network into the subretinal space. Choroidal circulatory disturbances seem to have a role in Type 3 neovascularization development, but the exact pathophysiology is still under debate. Although eyes with Type 3 neovascularization usually have thinner choroid compared to normal eyes, the increased choroidal thickness associated with Type 3 neovascularization may be a prognostic factor for its recurrence...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Yuji Itoh, Daniel Petkovsek, Peter K Kaiser, Rishi P Singh, Justis P Ehlers
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) features and functional outcomes for diabetic macular edema (DME) undergoing treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin; Genentech, South San Francisco, CA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Institutional review board-approved, retrospective, consecutive case series of eyes receiving intravitreal bevacizumab (1.25 mg) for DME. SD-OCT features were evaluated and correlated with functional response to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
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
Alexander Reinthaller
Angiogenesis plays a pivotal role in normal ovarian physiology as well as in the formation and progression of ovarian cancer. Several well-designed phase II and III trials studied the efficacy of antiangiogenic agents in advanced ovarian cancer. The results of these trials demonstrated significantly prolonged progression-free survival when antiangiogenic agents were used as a maintenance therapy. To date, no effect on overall survival could be ascertained. The most widely studied antiangiogenic agent, bevacizumab - a monoclonal humanized antibody against vascular endothelial growth factor - was effective in all phases of the disease (first-line therapy, platinum-sensitive and platinum-resistant recurrence)...
2016: Memo
Jeremy C K Tan, Melissa X Kuo, Minas T Coroneo
PURPOSE: To report on a case of autoconjunctival graft compromise after pterygium surgery in a patient on long-term anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy, due to the deleterious effects of anti-VEGF agents on ocular wound healing. METHODS: A white female in her early eighties presented with large right nasal pterygium, first noted 5 years previously. She also had macular degeneration and had been receiving monthly injections of ranibizumab, which was later switched to aflibercept...
October 5, 2016: Cornea
Vivek Subbiah, Kenneth R Hess, Muhammad Rizwan Khawaja, Michael J Wagner, Chad Tang, Aung Naing, Siqing Fu, Filip Janku, Sarina Piha-Paul, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, Cynthia E Herzog, Joseph A Ludwig, Shreyaskumar Patel, Vinod Ravi, Robert S Benjamin, Funda Meric-Bernstam, David S Hong
Prognosis of patients with advanced sarcoma after progression from FDA approved therapies remains grim. In this study, clinical outcomes of 100 patients with advanced sarcoma who received treatment on novel targeted therapy trials were evaluated. Outcomes of interest included best response, clinical benefit rate, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Median patient age was 48 years (range 14-80). Patients had received a median of 2 prior lines of systemic treatment. Phase I treatments were anti-VEGF-based (n = 45), mTOR inhibitor-based (n = 15), and anti-VEGF + mTOR inhibitor-based (n = 17) or involved other targets (n = 23)...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
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)
Lauren Van Lancker, Robert Petrarca, Kyros Moutsouris, Panos Masaoutis, George Kampougeris
PURPOSE: To report the response of participants switching from ranibizumab to aflibercept treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) requiring further anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment. METHODS: In this retrospective case review of 68 participants treated in a single hospital, all participants, prior to switching, received ranibizumab injections only. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), clinical examination, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were performed at each visit...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Ophthalmology
Benjamin Sueur, Olivier Pellerin, Thibault Voron, Anne L Pointet, Julien Taieb, Simon Pernot
The objective of the treatment of colorectal cancer patients with unresectable liver metastases should be clearly defined at the outset. Potentially resectable patients should be distinguished from clearly unresectable patients. In defining resectability, it is important to take into account both anatomic characteristics and patient characteristic (comorbidities, symptoms, age). According to this evaluation, treatment should be tailored to each patient. The most widely accepted standard is doublet cytotoxic regimen plus biotherapy (anti-EGFR or anti- VEGF antibodies according to RAS status, but some patients could benefit from an intensified regimen, as triplet chemotherapy +/- bevacizumab, or intraarterial treatments (hepatic arterial infusion, radioembolization or chemoembolization), in order to allow resectability...
October 12, 2016: Minerva Chirurgica
Nuh N Rahbari, Dmitriy Kedrin, Joao Incio, Hao Liu, William W Ho, Hadi T Nia, Christina M Edrich, Keehoon Jung, Julien Daubriac, Ivy Chen, Takahiro Heishi, John D Martin, Yuhui Huang, Nir Maimon, Christoph Reissfelder, Jurgen Weitz, Yves Boucher, Jeffrey W Clark, Alan J Grodzinsky, Dan G Duda, Rakesh K Jain, Dai Fukumura
The survival benefit of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients is limited to a few months because of acquired resistance. We show that anti-VEGF therapy induced remodeling of the extracellular matrix with subsequent alteration of the physical properties of colorectal liver metastases. Preoperative treatment with bevacizumab in patients with colorectal liver metastases increased hyaluronic acid (HA) deposition within the tumors. Moreover, in two syngeneic mouse models of CRC metastasis in the liver, we show that anti-VEGF therapy markedly increased the expression of HA and sulfated glycosaminoglycans (sGAGs), without significantly changing collagen deposition...
October 12, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
Barbara Terelak-Borys, Katarzyna Zagajewska, Irmina Jankowska-Lech, Piotr Tesla, Iwona Grabska-Liberek
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe a combination treatment for choroidal neovascular (CNV) membrane, secondary to punctate inner choroidopathy (PIC). PATIENT AND METHODS: A 44-year-old female patient was diagnosed with PIC complicated by the development of recurrent juxtafoveal neovascular membrane. The treatment included a sequence of monotherapy regimens: systemic steroid therapy, photodynamic therapy, and intravitreal injections of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor (anti-VEGF)...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Chenbo Ding, Longmei Li, Taoyu Yang, Xiaobo Fan, Guoqiu Wu
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis is generally involved during the cancer development and hematogenous metastasis. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are considered to have an important role in tumor-associated angiogenesis. However, the effects of simultaneously targeting on VEGF and EGFR on the growth and angiogenesis of colorectal cancer (CRC), and its underlying mechanisms remain unknown. METHODS: Immunohistochemical staining was used to detect the VEGF and EGFR expression in different CRC tissue specimens, and the correlation between VEGF/EGFR expression with the clinicopathologic features was analyzed...
October 12, 2016: BMC Cancer
Min-Yen Hsu, Yu-Chien Hung, De-Kuang Hwang, Shang-Chi Lin, Keng-Hung Lin, Chun-Yuan Wang, Hin-Yeung Choi, Yu-Ping Wang, Chao-Min Cheng
Intraocular vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels play an important role in the pathogenesis of blindness-related diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Here, we aimed to develop a paper-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (P-ELISA) to analyze the suppression of aqueous VEGF concentrations following intravitreal injection (IVI) of anti-VEGF antibody (bevacizumab or ranibizumab). A total of 25 eyes with wet AMD, one with myopic neovascularization, and one with polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy were enrolled in this study...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shira Toledano, Huayi Lu, Agustina Palacio, Boaz Kigel, Ofra Kessler, Gilad Allon, Yoreh Barak, Gera Neufeld, Shlomit Schaal
Abnormal subretinal choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is a major cause of blindness in exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Current anti-angiogenic treatments by VEGF sequestering agents have been successful, but a significant proportion of patients do not respond well to these treatments, and the response of others diminishes over time, suggesting that additional anti-angiogenic agents that function by separate mechanisms may be of use to such patients. We have previously found that a point mutated form of semaphorin-3E resistant to cleavage by furin like pro-protein convertases (UNCL-Sema3E) displays potent anti-angiogenic properties...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Yuichiro Ogura, Fumio Shiraga, Hiroko Terasaki, Masahito Ohji, Susumu Ishida, Taiji Sakamoto, Akito Hirakata, Tatsuro Ishibashi
PURPOSE: To elucidate the current clinical practice patterns of diabetic macular edema (DME) management by retinal specialists in Japan in the era of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy. METHODS: Forty-six retinal specialists were administered a survey regarding the pathology and clinical practice of DME. RESULTS: Nearly, half of the specialists (45.2 %) think that the main biochemical factor involved in DME development is the vascular permeability-potentiating action of VEGF-A...
October 8, 2016: Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology
Stacey A Strong, Avinash Gurbaxani, Michel Michaelides
BACKGROUND: We present an interesting case of bilateral retinitis pigmentosa (RP)-associated cystoid macular oedema that responded on two separate occasions to intravitreal injections of aflibercept, despite previously demonstrating only minimal response to intravitreal ranibizumab. This unique case would support a trial of intravitreal aflibercept for the treatment of RP-associated cystoid macular oedema. CASE PRESENTATION: A 38-year-old man from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, presented to the UK with a 3-year history of bilateral RP-associated cystoid macular oedema...
May 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
Therese Granström, Henrietta Forsman, Anna Lindholm Olinder, Dimitrios Gkretsis, Jan W Eriksson, Elisabet Granstam, Janeth Leksell
AIMS: To examine objective visual acuity measured with ETDRS, retinal thickness (OCT), patient reported outcome and describe levels of glycated hemoglobin and its association with the effects on visual acuity in patients treated with anti-VEGF for visual impairment due to diabetic macular edema (DME) during 12months in a real world setting. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 58 patients (29 females and 29 males; mean age, 68years) with type 1 and type 2 diabetes diagnosed with DME were included...
September 21, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
M Gemenetzi, A J Lotery, P J Patel
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) intravitreal agents are the only successful treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, there are emerging signals that anti-VEGF treatment can potentially increase development of geographic atrophy (GA). Histopathologic, animal, and clinical studies support this hypothesis although direct proof of a relationship between GA and use of anti-VEGF agents in neovascular AMD is not yet established. This review presents current evidence supporting an association between anti-VEGF therapy and progression of geographic atrophy...
October 7, 2016: Eye
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