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Retinal dystrophy

Xin Zhong, Bogale Aredo, Yi Ding, Kaiyan Zhang, Cynthia X Zhao, Rafael L Ufret-Vincenty
Purpose: Oxidative stress, partly due to light, has an important role in many retinal diseases, including macular degeneration and retinal dystrophies. The Leu450Met variant of RPE65 is expressed in C57BL/6 and in many genetically modified mice. It confers significant resistance to light induced retinal degeneration (LIRD). Our goal was to develop an effective and efficient method to induce LIRD in resistant mice that would recapitulate mechanisms seen in known models of LIRD. Methods: The retinas of C57BL/6J mice were exposed to light using a murine fundus camera...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Brian P Hafler
PURPOSE: Inherited retinal dystrophies are a significant cause of vision loss and are characterized by the loss of photoreceptors and the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Mutations in approximately 250 genes cause inherited retinal degenerations with a high degree of genetic heterogeneity. New techniques in next-generation sequencing are allowing the comprehensive analysis of all retinal disease genes thus changing the approach to the molecular diagnosis of inherited retinal dystrophies...
October 6, 2016: Retina
Bing Lin, Xue-Bi Cai, Zhi-Li Zheng, Xiu-Feng Huang, Xiao-Ling Liu, Jia Qu, Zi-Bing Jin
Stargardt disease (STGD1) is a juvenile macular degeneration predominantly inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, characterized by decreased central vision in the first 2 decades of life. The condition has a genetic basis due to mutation in the ABCA4 gene, and arises from the deposition of lipofuscin-like substance in the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) with secondary photoreceptor cell death. In this study, we describe the clinical and genetic features of Stargardt patients from four unrelated Chinese cohorts...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Valerio Marino, Daniele Dell'Orco
GCAP1 is a neuronal calcium sensor protein that regulates the phototransduction cascade in vertebrates by switching between activator and inhibitor of the target guanylate cyclase (GC) in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner. We carried out exhaustive molecular dynamics simulations of GCAP1 and determined the intramolecular communication pathways involved in the specific GC activator/inhibitor switch. The switch was found to depend on the Mg(2+)/Ca(2+) loading states of the three EF hands and on the way the information is transferred from each EF hand to specific residues at the GCAP1/GC interface...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
M Corton, A Avila-Fernández, L Campello, M Sánchez, B Benavides, M I López-Molina, L Fernández-Sánchez, R Sánchez-Alcudia, L R J da Silva, N Reyes, E Martín-Garrido, O Zurita, P Fernández-San José, R Pérez-Carro, F García-García, J Dopazo, B García-Sandoval, N Cuenca, C Ayuso
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), the most frequent form of inherited retinal dystrophy is characterized by progressive photoreceptor degeneration. Many genes have been implicated in RP development, but several others remain to be identified. Using a combination of homozygosity mapping, whole-exome and targeted next-generation sequencing, we found a novel homozygous nonsense mutation in SAMD11 in five individuals diagnosed with adult-onset RP from two unrelated consanguineous Spanish families. SAMD11 is ortholog to the mouse major retinal SAM domain (mr-s) protein that is implicated in CRX-mediated transcriptional regulation in the retina...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hadas Newman, Sergiu C Blumen, Itzhak Braverman, Rana Hanna, Beatrice Tiosano, Ido Perlman, Tamar Ben-Yosef
Purpose: To investigate the genetic basis for severe visual complaints by Bukharan Jewish patients with oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD). Methods: Polymerase chain reaction amplification and direct sequencing were used to test for NRL, PABPN1, and NR2E3 mutations. Complete ophthalmic examination included best-corrected visual acuity, biomicroscopic examination, optical coherence tomography, and fundus autofluorescence. Detailed electroretinography (ERG) testing was conducted including expanded International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision protocol for light-adapted and dark-adapted conditions, measurements of S-cone function, and ON-OFF light-adapted ERG...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Fleurieke Verhagen, Jonas Kuiper, Stefan Nierkens, S M Imhof, Timothy Radstake, Joke de Boer
OBJECTIVE: In this report we describe, for the first time, the activation of the peripheral immune compartment in a patient with a CRB1 linked retinal degenerative disease, masquerading as intermediate uveitis. METHODS: To monitor the immune system during systemic immunosuppressive treatment, given for the initial diagnosis of intermediate uveitis, blood samples were taken before and during therapy, for analysis of peripheral blood mononuclear cell-subsets and circulating immune mediators...
October 3, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Maan Alkharashi, Anne B Fulton
Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is a group of severe inherited retinal dystrophies that lead to early childhood blindness. In the last decade, interest in LCA has increased as advances in genetics have been applied to better identify, classify, and treat LCA. To date, 23 LCA genes have been identified. Gene replacement in the RPE65 form of LCA represents a major advance in treatment, although limitations have been recognized. In this article, we review the clinical and genetic features of LCA and evaluate the evidence available for gene therapy in RPE65 disease...
September 29, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
Gokhan Gulkilik, Sevil Karaman Erdur, Mustafa Eliacik, Mahmut Odabasi, Mustafa Ozsutcu, Goktug Demirci, Mehmet Selim Kocabora
PURPOSE: To report a case of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in a patient with cone dystrophy (CD). METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 20-year-old woman presented with diminished vision in her right eye. Fundus examination showed perifoveal retinal pigment epithelial changes and retinal hemorrhage consistent with subretinal CNV in the right eye, and mild retinal pigment epithelial changes with a dull foveal reflex in the left eye. Optical coherence tomography analysis and fundus fluorescein angiography also confirmed the subfoveal CNV in the right eye...
September 28, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Rossiana I Bojinova, Cengiz Türksever, Andreas Schötzau, Christophe Valmaggia, Daniel F Schorderet, Margarita G Todorova
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between the peripapillary metabolic alterations [retinal vessel Oximetry (RO)] and the structural findings [retinal vessel diameter and retinal nerve fibre layer thickness (RNFL)] in patients with inherited retinal dystrophies (IRD). METHODS: Patients with IRD [24 patients with rod-cone dystrophy (RCD), 15 patients with cone-rod dystrophy, 13 patients with inherited maculopathy] and 18 age-matched controls, who underwent RO imaging and spectral domain optical coherence tomography, were included...
September 29, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Yin Yang, Yeming Yang, Lulin Huang, Yaru Zhai, Jie Li, Zhilin Jiang, Bo Gong, Hao Fang, Ramasamy Kim, Zhenglin Yang, Periasamy Sundaresan, Xianjun Zhu, Yu Zhou
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a leading cause of inherited blindness characterized by progressive degeneration of the retinal photoreceptor cells. This study aims to identify genetic mutations in a Chinese family RP-2236, an Indian family RP-IC-90 and 100 sporadic Indian individuals with autosomal recessive RP (arRP). Whole exome sequencing was performed on the index patients of RP-2236, RP-IC-90 and all of the 100 sporadic Indian patients. Direct Sanger sequencing was used to validate the mutations identified...
September 27, 2016: Scientific Reports
Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Maria Pia Manitto, Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Francesco Bandello
PURPOSE: To describe a peculiar flecked-retina phenotype in a young female affected by early-onset retinal dystrophy due to a heterozygous mutation in the cone-rod transcription factor CRX gene. CASE REPORT: A 5-year-old girl presented with poor vision and nystagmus from the first month after birth. Opththalmologic examination at baseline revealed an altered foveal reflex, epiretinal membrane, and yellow fleck-like retinal deposits in the mid- and extreme periphery bilaterally that disappeared after 3 years of follow-up...
October 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Josef Finsterer, Sinda Zarrouk-Mahjoub
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
Elizabeth Forsythe, Kathryn Sparks, Sunayna Best, Sarah Borrows, Bethan Hoskins, Ataf Sabir, Timothy Barrett, Denise Williams, Shehla Mohammed, David Goldsmith, David V Milford, Detlef Bockenhauer, Lukas Foggensteiner, Philip L Beales
Bardet-Biedl syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive, multisystem disease characterized by retinal dystrophy, renal malformation, obesity, intellectual disability, polydactyly, and hypogonadism. Nineteen disease-causing genes (BBS1-19) have been identified, of which mutations in BBS1 are most common in North America and Europe. A hallmark of the disease, renal malformation is heterogeneous and is a cause of morbidity and mortality through the development of CKD. We studied the prevalence and severity of CKD in 350 patients with Bardet-Biedl syndrome-related renal disease attending the United Kingdom national Bardet-Biedl syndrome clinics to further elucidate the phenotype and identify risk indicators of CKD...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
John Martin Barrett, Gerrit Hilgen, Evelyne Sernagor
Retinitis pigmentosa is a progressive retinal dystrophy that causes irreversible visual impairment and blindness. Retinal prostheses currently represent the only clinically available vision-restoring treatment, but the quality of vision returned remains poor. Recently, it has been suggested that the pathological spontaneous hyperactivity present in dystrophic retinas may contribute to the poor quality of vision returned by retinal prosthetics by reducing the signal-to-noise ratio of prosthetic responses. Here, we investigated to what extent blocking this hyperactivity can improve optogenetic retinal prosthetic responses...
2016: Scientific Reports
Yuriko Minegishi, XunLun Sheng, Kazutoshi Yoshitake, Yuri Sergeev, Daisuke Iejima, Yoshio Shibagaki, Norikazu Monma, Kazuho Ikeo, Masaaki Furuno, Wenjun Zhuang, Yani Liu, Weining Rong, Seisuke Hattori, Takeshi Iwata
Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is a hereditary early-onset retinal dystrophy that is accompanied by severe macular degeneration. In this study, novel compound heterozygous mutations were identified as LCA-causative in chaperonin-containing TCP-1, subunit 2 (CCT2), a gene that encodes the molecular chaperone protein, CCTβ. The zebrafish mutants of CCTβ are known to exhibit the eye phenotype while its mutation and association with human disease have been unknown. The CCT proteins (CCT α-θ) forms ring complex for its chaperon function...
2016: Scientific Reports
Panagiotis I Sergouniotis, Stephanie J Barton, Sarah Waller, Rahat Perveen, Jamie M Ellingford, Christopher Campbell, Georgina Hall, Rachel L Gillespie, Sanjeev S Bhaskar, Simon C Ramsden, Graeme C Black, Simon C Lovell
BACKGROUND: Although the majority of small in-frame insertions/deletions (indels) has no/little affect on protein function, a small subset of these changes has been causally associated with genetic disorders. Notably, the molecular mechanisms and frequency by which they give rise to disease phenotypes remain largely unknown. The aim of this study is to provide insights into the role of in-frame indels (≤21 nucleotides) in two genetically heterogeneous eye disorders. RESULTS: One hundred eighty-one probands with childhood cataracts and 486 probands with retinal dystrophy underwent multigene panel testing in a clinical diagnostic laboratory...
2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
W Bowl, M Andrassi-Darida, K Holve, S Schweinfurth, R Knobloch, B Lorenz
Introduction: Optical coherence tomography is an important tool for the imaging and analysis of retinal structures. The usability of conventional table-top devices is limited in children. We report on our experiences with a handheld Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (HH-SD-OCT, Bioptigen™) in infants and young children in our daily practice. Methods: Between October 2014 and April 2016, we investigated 259 patients. Indications and diagnoses were assessed. Individual examples are shown to demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of the novel technique...
September 13, 2016: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
Qing Fu, Mingchu Xu, Xue Chen, Xunlun Sheng, Zhisheng Yuan, Yani Liu, Huajin Li, Zixi Sun, Huiping Li, Lizhu Yang, Keqing Wang, Fangxia Zhang, Yumei Li, Chen Zhao, Ruifang Sui, Rui Chen
BACKGROUND: Usher syndrome is a genetically heterogeneous disorder featured by combined visual impairment and hearing loss. Despite a dozen of genes involved in Usher syndrome having been identified, the genetic basis remains unknown in 20-30% of patients. In this study, we aimed to identify the novel disease-causing gene of a distinct subtype of Usher syndrome. METHODS: Ophthalmic examinations and hearing tests were performed on patients with Usher syndrome in two consanguineous families...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
Gavin Arno, Sarah Hull, Keren Carss, Arundhati Dev-Borman, Christina Chakarova, Kinga Bujakowska, Ingeborgh van den Born, Anthony G Robson, Graham E Holder, Michel Michaelides, Frans P M Cremers, Eric Pierce, F Lucy Raymond, Anthony T Moore, Andrew R Webster
PURPOSE: Mutation of RGR, encoding retinal G-protein coupled receptor was originally reported in association with retinal dystrophy in 1999. A single convincing recessive variant segregated perfectly in one family of five affected and two unaffected siblings. At least one further individual, homozygous for the same variant has since been reported. The aim of this report was to reevaluate the findings in consideration of data from a whole genome sequencing (WGS) study of a large cohort of retinal dystrophy families...
September 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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