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September 28, 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Dasom Lee, Seungkwon Cho, Hwa Sung Park, Inchan Kwon
Ocular drug delivery through hydrogel contact lenses has great potential for the treatment of ocular diseases. Previous studies showed that the loading of lipophilic vitamin E to silicone-hydrogel contact lenses was beneficial in ocular drug delivery. We hypothesized that vitamin E loading to another type of popular hydrogel contact lenses, pHEMA-hydrogel contact lenses, improves ocular drug delivery by increasing the drug loading or the duration of drug release. Loading of vitamin E to pHEMA-hydrogel contact lenses significantly increased the loading of a hydrophilic drug surrogate (Alexa Fluor 488 dye) and two hydrophilic glaucoma drugs (timolol and brimonidine) to the lenses by 37...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Giuseppe Micali, Peter Arne Gerber, Francesco Lacarrubba, Gregor Schäfer
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease that can present with a variety of cutaneous symptoms. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is a subtype characterized by flushing (transient erythema), persistent central facial erythema (background erythema), and telangiectasias. The severity of individual symptoms differs in each patient, which can complicate the selection of an appropriate treatment strategy. Evaluation of these specific symptoms has been greatly improved by the routine use of diagnostic tools such as (video) dermatoscopy...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Martin Schaller, Lena Gonser
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease that can manifest as a spectrum of symptoms including erythema, inflammatory lesions, edema, and telangiectasia. Treatment decisions need to be adapted to reflect the nature and severity of the different symptoms present. In this report, we discuss the case of a female patient diagnosed with severe, inflamed papulopustular rosacea (PPR) presenting with a large number of inflammatory lesions and severe background erythema. This patient responded well to a treatment regimen consisting of a short course of antibiotics in combination with a corticosteroid, followed by monotherapy with isotretinoin to reduce the inflammation...
September 2016: Drugs in R&D
Y Shona Pek, Hong Wu, Siti Thaharah Mohamed, Jackie Y Ying
Core-shell polymer microspheres with poly(d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) core and poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) shell are developed for the long-term subconjunctival release of brimonidine tartrate (BT) in order to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) in the treatment of glaucoma. The PLLA-rich shell acts as a diffusion barrier, enabling linear release of BT over an extended period of 40 d. The microspheres are encased in a porous non-degradable methacrylate-based carrier for ease of subconjunctival implantation in a glaucoma-induced rabbit model...
September 12, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Caridad Galindo-Romero, Mohammad Harun-Or-Rashid, Manuel Jiménez-López, Manuel Vidal-Sanz, Marta Agudo-Barriuso, Finn Hallböök
We have studied the effect of α2-adrenergic receptor stimulation on the total excitotoxically injured chicken retinal ganglion cell population. N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) was intraocularly injected at embryonic day 18 and Brn3a positive retinal ganglion cells (Brn3a+ RGCs) were counted in flat-mounted retinas using automated routines. The number and distribution of the Brn3a+ RGCs were analyzed in series of normal retinas from embryonic day 8 to post-hatch day 11 retinas and in retinas 7 or 14 days post NMDA lesion...
2016: PloS One
James R Docherty, Martin Steinhoff, Dianne Lorton, Michael Detmar, Gregor Schäfer, Anna Holmes, Anna Di Nardo
: Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease with transient and non-transient redness as key characteristics. Brimonidine is a selective α2-adrenergic receptor (AR) agonist approved for persistent facial erythema of rosacea based on significant efficacy and good safety data. The majority of patients treated with brimonidine report a benefit; however, there have been sporadic reports of worsening erythema after the initial response. A group of dermatologists, receptor physiology, and neuroimmunology scientists met to explore potential mechanisms contributing to side effects as well as differences in efficacy...
August 25, 2016: Advances in Therapy
Elena Beltramo, Tatiana Lopatina, Aurora Mazzeo, Ana I Arroba, Angela M Valverde, Cristina Hernández, Rafael Simó, Massimo Porta
AIMS: Diabetic retinopathy is considered a microvascular disease, but recent evidence has underlined early involvement of the neuroretina with interactions between microvascular and neural alterations. Topical administration of somatostatin (SST), a neuroprotective molecule with antiangiogenic properties, prevents diabetes-induced retinal neurodegeneration in animals. The α2-adrenergic receptor agonist brimonidine (BRM) decreases vitreoretinal vascular endothelial growth factor and inhibits blood-retinal barrier breakdown in diabetic rats...
August 23, 2016: Acta Diabetologica
Joseph F Fowler
Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder associated with flushing, erythema, dryness, burning and stinging, and inflammatory papules and pustules. New treatments available or in development target the inflammatory and erythematous components of the disease. These agents include the selective α2 receptor agonist brimonidine, the topical agents ivermectin cream 1% and azelaic acid foam 15%, and use of tetracyclinetype antibiotics, which affect the cathelicidin pathway. Semin Cutan Med Surg 35(supp6):S107-S109.
June 2016: Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Oussama N Boundaoui, Todd E Woodruff
PURPOSE: To report a case of presumed furosemide-associated bilateral angle-closure glaucoma. METHODS: Retrospective case report with spectral domain anterior segment optical coherence tomography imaging. RESULTS: A 21-year-old African American woman in her 17th week of pregnancy presented with acute angle-closure glaucoma in both eyes after being started on furosemide in her first trimester for fluid overload. Intraocular pressures were elevated in the low 40s mm Hg bilateral (OU) and anterior chambers were shallow with narrow grade 1 angles on gonioscopy (Schaffer classification)...
August 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
Vassileios Kozobolis, Georgios D Panos, Aristeidis Konstantinidis, Georgios Labiris
PURPOSE: To compare the efficiency of brinzolamide/brimonidine fixed combination vs the dorzolamide/timolol fixed combination. METHODS: Forty-four eyes of 44 patients were divided in 2 groups treated either with dorzolamide/timolol twice a day (group A) or with brinzolamide/brimonidine twice a day (group B). Complete ophthalmic examination including Goldmann applanation tonometry was performed before treatment administration and 1, 4, 8, and 12 weeks afterwards...
July 16, 2016: European Journal of Ophthalmology
Jonette Keri
Acne and rosacea are common conditions seen every day by dermatologists. This review will discuss the most recent therapeutic options for patients with these conditions. Specifically, for acne, there will be a discussion of the use of isotretinoin at higher cumulative doses as well as a new formulation of isotretinoin, isotretinoin-lidose. Adult women with acne represent a growing population of patients who present for treatment of acne; the use of hormonal therapies as well as topical dapsone gel will be reviewed for these patients...
June 2016: Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Azadeh Doozandeh, Shahin Yazdani
Glaucoma is a degenerative optic neuropathy characterized by retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss and visual field defects. It is known that in some glaucoma patients, death of RGCs continues despite intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction. Neuroprotection in the field of glaucoma is defined as any treatment, independent of IOP reduction, which prevents RGC death. Glutamate antagonists, ginkgo biloba extract, neurotrophic factors, antioxidants, calcium channel blockers, brimonidine, glaucoma medications with blood regulatory effect and nitric oxide synthase inhibitors are among compounds with possible neuroprotective activity in preclinical studies...
April 2016: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
Jyotiranjan Mallick, Lily Devi, Pradeep K Malik, Jogamaya Mallick
Normal tension glaucoma (NTG) is labelled when typical glaucomatous disc changes, visual field defects and open anterior chamber angles are associated with intraocular pressure (IOP) constantly below 21 mmHg. Chronic low vascular perfusion, Raynaud's phenomenon, migraine, nocturnal systemic hypotension and over-treated systemic hypertension are the main causes of normal tension glaucoma. Goldmann applanation tonometry, gonioscopy, slit lamp biomicroscopy, optical coherence tomography and visual field analysis are the main tools of investigation for the diagnosis of NTG...
April 2016: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
R D Fechtner, J S Myers, D A Hubatsch, D L Budenz, H B DuBiner
PurposeTo determine whether intraocular pressure (IOP) lowering with fixed-combination brinzolamide/brimonidine (BBFC) adjunctive to a prostaglandin analog (PGA) was superior to that of vehicle+PGA in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension who were inadequately controlled with PGA monotherapyMethodsThis 6-week, multicenter, randomized, double-masked, parallel-group trial was conducted at 30 clinical sites in the United States between October 2013 and May 2014. Eligible patients were adults with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension and with mean IOP ≥21 and <32 mm Hg, whereas receiving an open-label PGA (latanoprost, bimatoprost, or travoprost)...
July 1, 2016: Eye
Hans Christian Ring, Lotte Themstrup, Christina Alette Banzhaf, Gregor B E Jemec, Mette Mogensen
Importance: Vasculopathy characterized by functional and structural abnormalities of the microcirculation plays an important role in systemic sclerosis and dermatomyositis. Although there are several advantages in using capillaroscopy, the method does not offer insight on the skin architecture, flow status, or morphology of the deeper dermal vessels. Dynamic optical coherence tomography (D-OCT) is a recently developed OCT technique that enables detection of high-speed changes in back-scattered light caused by moving cells in vessels...
June 29, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
Dharani Manickavasagam, Daniel Wehrung, Elaheh A Chamsaz, Matthew Sanders, Rachida Bouhenni, Samuel D Crish, Abraham Joy, Moses O Oyewumi
Treatment strategies for glaucoma will benefit from injectable and/or implantable delivery systems that can achieve sustained delivery of neuroprotective agents (to the posterior segment) and/or intraocular pressure lowering drugs (to the anterior segment). In this regard, we have evaluated the suitability of a new polymer (alkoxylphenacyl-based polycarbonates copolymer with polycaprolactone; AP-PCL 20% w/w) as a platform for ocular drug delivery. Brimonidine tartrate (BRT) was applied as a model anti-glaucoma drug...
October 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Masayoshi Yukita, Kazuko Omodaka, Shigeki Machida, Masayuki Yasuda, Kota Sato, Kazuichi Maruyama, Koji M Nishiguchi, Toru Nakazawa
PURPOSE: To investigate changes in retinal ganglion cell (RGC) activity by measuring the positive scotopic threshold response (pSTR) of the electroretinogram (ERG) in axotomized eyes after brimonidine injection. METHODS: In 50 adult Sprague-Dawley rats, the left eye was axotomized and injected with phosphate buffered saline (PBS) or brimonidine and the contralateral right eye was left untreated. Scotopic ERGs were recorded simultaneously from both eyes on days 1, 2, 3, 7, and 10 after the intravitreal injection, and the amplitude of the a- and b-waves and the pSTR were measured...
June 17, 2016: Current Eye Research
Meike E van der Heijden, Priya Shah, Cameron S Cowan, Zhuo Yang, Samuel M Wu, Benjamin J Frankfort
PURPOSE: To compare the impact of intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation on scotopic and photopic contrast sensitivity in mice. METHODS: We chronically elevated the IOP of wild-type mice via injection of polystyrene beads or acutely via injection of highly cohesive sodium hyaluronate. Some eyes with chronically elevated IOP were treated with either topical brimonidine tartrate 0.1% or brinzolamide 1%. Scotopic and photopic contrast sensitivity was assessed at peak spatiotemporal frequencies at multiple time points, with an established optokinetic technique...
June 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Kamalvir Gill, Cheryl Bayart, Ritu Desai, Alex Golden, Patricia Raimer, Joan Tamburro
Combigan (Allergan, Irvine, CA) is an ophthalmic solution that combines 0.2% brimonidine, a selective α-2 adrenergic agonist, with 0.5% timolol, a nonselective β-adrenergic antagonist. It is approved for the reduction of intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension. There have been recent reports of successful treatment of superficial infantile hemangiomas (IHs) using Combigan topically. We report the case of a 2-month-old girl who developed life-threatening brimonidine toxicity requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation secondary to central nervous system depression and apnea after topical application to an ulcerated IH...
July 2016: Pediatric Dermatology
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