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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549900/four-decades-of-ocular-renin-angiotensin-and-kallikrein-kinin-systems-1977-2017
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REVIEW
Rajko Igić
This review offers a contemporary history of the renin-angiotensin (RAS) and kallikrein-kinin (KKS) systems with emphasis on how these complex systems affect the eye. It describes the types of communication (cross-talk) between the two systems and evaluates their potential role in the development of diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and uveitis. In addition to detailing the important physiological actions of components of the RAS and KKS, possibilities are suggested for new therapeutic avenues in the treatment of common ocular diseases...
May 23, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549848/relationship-between-visual-acuity-and-retinal-thickness-during-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-therapy-for-retinal-diseases
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William C Ou, David M Brown, John F Payne, Charles C Wykoff
PURPOSE: Investigate the relationship between best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and central retinal thickness (CRT) in eyes receiving ranibizumab for three common retinal diseases. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of clinical trial data METHODS: Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study BCVA and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography measured CRT of 387 eyes of 345 patients enrolled in six prospective clinical trials for management of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular edema (DME), and retinal vein occlusion (RVO) were evaluated by Pearson correlation and linear regression...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549846/physical-activity-and-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-systematic-literature-review-and-meta-analysis
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Myra B McGuinness, Jerome Le, Paul Mitchell, Bamini Gopinath, Ester Cerin, Nicole T M Saksens, Tina Schick, Carel B Hoyng, Robyn H Guymer, Robert P Finger
PURPOSE: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the main cause of irreversible severe vision loss in developed countries. It has been suggested that a healthy lifestyle may assist in delaying the onset and progression of AMD, however evidence for an association between physical activity and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) remains inconclusive. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis METHODS: Medline, EMBASE and Google Scholar were systematically searched for studies up to May 2015...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548650/aflibercept-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-evaluating-its-role-as-a-primary-therapeutic-option
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REVIEW
M Ashraf, A A R Souka
The recent VIEW studies have demonstrated the non-inferiority of monthly and bi-monthly aflibercept in the management of wet age related macular degeneration (AMD) compared with ranibizumab. However, the current data are limited mainly to fixed dosing regimens with few studies looking at flexible dosing regimens of aflibercept in wet AMD. In addition, recent data from the VIEW 96 week extension has shown that patients being shifted from fixed dosing regimens to PRN have shown a drop in visual acuity and increase in central macular thickness...
May 26, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548648/electronic-retinal-implants-and-artificial-vision-journey-and-present
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REVIEW
J O Mills, A Jalil, P E Stanga
Retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration are two significant causes of severe visual dysfunction. In both, the retinal photoreceptors degenerate, preventing successful conversion of light into electrical energy that is interpreted in the visual cortex as visual function. Artificial vision or visual function began over two centuries ago with the idea of creating artificial light pulses, or phosphenes, through cortical stimulation. The pursuit is now on to improve artificial visual function. Two retinal implants appear the most likely to succeed in the future having undergone multicentre human trials: the Argus II electronic epiretinal device (Second Sight Medical Products, CA, USA) and Alpha-IMS electronic subretinal device (Retina Implant AG, Germany)...
May 26, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548646/prevalence-and-the-risk-factors-for-visual-impairment-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
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S Srinivasan, G Swaminathan, V Kulothungan, R Raman, T Sharma
PurposeTo characterize the type, and the causes of visual impairment (VI) in various stages of early and late age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the factors associated with visual impairment in subjects with AMDMethods6617 subjects ≥60 years were enumerated; 5495 (83.04%) participated in eye examination. Of which, 4791 subjects had gradable fundus images. AMD was graded per International ARM Epidemiological Study Group. Subjects underwent detailed ophthalmic exam. VI was defined per the WHO classification...
May 26, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547797/vitamin-d-receptor-agonists-regulate-ocular-developmental-angiogenesis-and-modulate-expression-of-dre-mir-21-and-vegf
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Stephanie L Merrigan, Breandán N Kennedy
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Pathological growth of ocular vasculature networks can underpin visual impairment in neovascular age-related macular degeneration, proliferative diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. Our aim was to uncover novel pharmacological regulators of ocular angiogenesis by phenotype-based screening in zebrafish. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: A bioactive chemical library of 465 drugs was screened to identify small molecule inhibitors of ocular hyaloid vasculature (HV) angiogenesis in zebrafish larvae...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546942/magnetic-nanoparticles-conjugated-with-rpe-cell-mcp-1-antibody-vegf-antibody-compounds-for-the-targeted-therapy-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-hypothesis
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Zhao-Jiang Du, Peng Li, Li Wang
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly throughout the world. Treatment of AMD utilizing retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) transplantation represents a promising therapy. However, simplex RPE transplantation can only replace the diseased RPE cells, but has no abilities to stop the development of AMD. It has been indicated that oxidization triggers the development of AMD by inducing the dysfunction and degeneration of RPE cells, which results in the upregulation of local monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) expression...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546933/correlation-of-neutrophil-lymphocyte-and-platelet-lymphocyte-ratio-with-visual-acuity-and-macular-thickness-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Elvan Alper Sengul, Ozgur Artunay, Alev Kockar, Ceyda Afacan, Rifat Rasier, Palmet Gun, Nazli Gul Yalcin, Erdal Yuzbasioglu
AIM: To investigate the place of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) in the diagnosis of and prognosis for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: One hundred AMD patients and 100 healthy controls were included in the study. Blood samples were obtained from the venous blood, which is used for routine analysis, and these samples were subjected to complete blood count. NLR was defined as the neutrophil count divided by the number of lymphocytes, and PLR was defined as the platelet count divided by the number of lymphocytes...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543858/survival-improvement-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-via-fas-receptor-targeting-by-mir-374a
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Nooshin Tasharrofi, Fatemeh Kouhkan, Masoud Soleimani, Zahra-Sheila Soheili, Mahboubeh Kabiri, Mohaddeseh Mahmoudi Saber, Farid Abedin Dorkoosh
Oxidative conditions of the eye could contribute to retinal cells loss through activating the Fas-L/Fas pathway. This phenomenon is one of the leading causes of some ocular diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By targeting proteins at their mRNA level, microRNAs (miRNAs) can regulate gene expression and cell function. The aim of the present study is to investigate Fas targeting by miR-374a and find whether it can inhibit Fas-mediated apoptosis in primary human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells under oxidative stress...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542375/human-plasma-metabolomics-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-amd-using-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
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Inês Laíns, Daniela Duarte, António S Barros, Ana Sofia Martins, João Gil, John B Miller, Marco Marques, Tânia Mesquita, Ivana K Kim, Maria da Luz Cachulo, Demetrios Vavvas, Isabel M Carreira, Joaquim N Murta, Rufino Silva, Joan W Miller, Deeba Husain, Ana M Gil
PURPOSE: To differentiate the plasma metabolomic profile of patients with age related macular degeneration (AMD) from that of controls, by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. METHODS: Two cohorts (total of 396 subjects) representative of central Portugal and Boston, USA phenotypes were studied. For each cohort, subjects were grouped according to AMD stage (early, intermediate and late). Multivariate analysis of plasma NMR spectra was performed, followed by signal integration and univariate analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542257/long-term-results-after-limited-macular-translocation-surgery-for-wet-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Hisaaki Oshima, Takeshi Iwase, Kohei Ishikawa, Kentaro Yamamoto, Hiroko Terasaki
PURPOSE: To evaluate the long-term results of limited macular translocation (LMT) surgery with radial chorioscleral outfolding in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and subfoveal choroidal neovascularization (CNV). In addition, to identify the factors associated with the final best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA). METHODS: The medical records of 20 eyes of 20 consecutive patients (65.2±9.8 years) who had undergone LMT for the treatment of wet AMD and were followed for at least 5 years, were reviewed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542141/an-enhanced-bioluminescence-based-annexin-v-probe-for-apoptosis-detection-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Trajen Head, Peter Dau, Stephanie Duffort, Pirouz Daftarian, Pratibha M Joshi, Roberto Vazquez-Padron, Sapna K Deo, Sylvia Daunert
The process of controlled cellular death known as apoptosis has an important central role not only in normal homeostatic maintenance of tissues, but also in numerous diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative, autoimmune, and cardiovascular diseases. As a result, new technologies with the capability to selectively detect apoptotic cells represent a central focus of research for the study of these conditions. We have developed a new biosensor for the detection of apoptotic cells, incorporating the targeted selectivity for apoptotic cells from Annexin V with the sensitivity of bioluminescence signal generation from a serum-stable mutant of Renilla luciferase (RLuc8)...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539592/atorvastatin-promotes-phagocytosis-and-attenuates-pro-inflammatory-response-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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Bo Tian, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Peggy Bouzika, Yijun Hu, Shoji Notomi, Pavlina Tsoka, Joan W Miller, Haijiang Lin, Demetrios G Vavvas
Phagocytosis of daily shed photoreceptor outer segments is an important function of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and it is essential for retinal homeostasis. RPE dysfunction, especially impairment of its phagocytic ability, plays an essential role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Statins, or HMG CoA (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A) reductase inhibitors, are drugs with multiple properties that have been extensively used to treat hyperlipidemia. However, their effect on RPE cells has not been fully elucidated...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538392/maculopapular-rash-after-intravitreal-injection-of-an-antivascular-endothelial-growth-factor-aflibercept-for-treating-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-case-report
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Norihiro Nagai, Mari Ibuki, Hajime Shinoda, Kaori Kameyama, Kazuo Tsubota, Yoko Ozawa
RATIONALE: Aflibercept, an anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drug, is used for treatment of colon cancer as well as retinal diseases, including wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is injected into the vitreous cavity of eyes for treatment of AMD. Although vascular suppression-including cardiovascular events-and local infection related to the injection procedure are well-known potential adverse events, pathological immune responses after intravitreal aflibercept (IVA) injection have not been described...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536656/visual-rehabilitation-via-microperimetry-in-patients-with-geographic-atrophy-a-pilot-study
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Juan Abel Ramírez Estudillo, Mario Isaías León Higuera, Sergio Rojas Juárez, Maria de Lourdes Ordaz Vera, Yessica Pablo Santana, Benito Celis Suazo
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the western world. As a consequence of AMD, patients develop structural damage that comprises the fovea and subsequently present loss of central vision, low visual acuity and unstable fixation. Contrary to what happens with anti-angiogenic treatment in neovascular AMD, there is currently no definitive treatment to reverse geographic atrophy progression. The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the visual rehabilitation treatment via microperimetry in patients with geographic atrophy...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536355/novel-computerized-method-for-measurement-of-retinal-vessel-diameters
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Hichem Guedri, Mariem Ben Abdallah, Fraj Echouchene, Hafedh Belmabrouk
Several clinical studies reveal the relationship between alterations in the topologies of the human retinal blood vessel, the outcrop and the disease evolution, such as diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Indeed, the detection of these vascular changes always has gaps. In addition, the manual steps are slow, which may be subjected to a bias of the perceiver. However, we can overcome these troubles using computer algorithms that are quicker and more accurate. This paper presents and investigates a novel method for measuring the blood vessel diameter in the retinal image...
March 27, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535756/switch-to-aflibercept-or-ranibizumab-after-initial-treatment-with-bevacizumab-in-eyes-with-neovascular-amd
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Maria Waizel, Margarita G Todorova, Michael Masyk, Katharina Wolf, Annekatrin Rickmann, Khaled Helaiwa, Björn R Blanke, Peter Szurman
BACKGROUND: To evaluate changes in central macular thickness (CMT) and visual outcome in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) treated initially with bevacizumab and subsequently switched to either aflibercept or ranibizumab. METHODS: Observational clinical study was performed. We measured the structural outcome (CMT on SD-OCT; μm) and the visual outcome (best corrected visual acuity (BCVA); logMAR), as follows: before treatment (at baseline), following bevacizumab treatment (switch follow-up) and after switching from bevacizumab to aflibercept- or ranibizumab treatment (final follow-up, AG/, RG)...
May 23, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535270/intrinsically-photosensitive-retinal-ganglion-cell-function-sleep-efficiency-and-depression-in-advanced-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Michelle L Maynard, Andrew J Zele, Anthony S Kwan, Beatrix Feigl
Purpose: Melanopsin expressing intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGC) input to multiple brain regions including those for pupil control, circadian rhythms, sleep and mood regulation. Here we measured ipRGC function and its relationship to sleep quality and depression in patients with advanced AMD. Methods: The melanopsin-mediated post-illumination pupil response (PIPR) was measured in 53 patients with advanced AMD (age 78.8 ± 8.8 years) and in 20 healthy controls (age 72...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534762/aiding-the-eye-watching-the-brain-james-weiland-ieee-fellow-explores-the-unique-challenges-of-retinal-prostheses
#20
Kristina Grifantini
The retina is a sophisticated neural network that provides humans with high-resolution vision. And for those who suffer from retinal disease or deterioration, particularly age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness among people over the age of 50 in the United States), a better understanding of how to stimulate the retina or completely override its path to the area of the brain that processes vision may offer hope to restore sight.
May 2017: IEEE Pulse
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