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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442884/cone-dystrophy-or-macular-dystrophy-associated-with-novel-autosomal-dominant-guca1a-mutations
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Gaël Manes, Sonia Mamouni, Emilie Hérald, Anne-Claire Richard, Audrey Sénéchal, Karim Aouad, Béatrice Bocquet, Isabelle Meunier, Christian P Hamel
PURPOSE: Sixteen different mutations in the guanylate cyclase activator 1A gene (GUCA1A), have been previously identified to cause autosomal dominant cone dystrophy (adCOD), cone-rod dystrophy (adCORD), macular dystrophy (adMD), and in an isolated patient, retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The purpose of this study is to report on two novel mutations and the patients' clinical features. METHODS: Clinical investigations included visual acuity and visual field testing, fundus examination, high-resolution spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT), fundus autofluorescence imaging, and full-field and multifocal electroretinogram (ERG) recordings...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438165/microglia-derived-il-1%C3%AE-promotes-chemokine-expression-by-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-and-rpe-in-focal-retinal-degeneration
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Riccardo Natoli, Nilisha Fernando, Michele Madigan, Joshua A Chu-Tan, Krisztina Valter, Jan Provis, Matt Rutar
BACKGROUND: Chemokine signalling is required for the homing of leukocytes during retinal inflammation, and is associated with pathogenesis of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Here, we explore the role of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) in modulating AMD-associated chemokines Ccl2, Cxcl1, and Cxcl10 during photo-oxidative retinal damage, and the effect on both the accumulation of outer-retinal macrophages, and death of photoreceptors. METHODS: Inhibition of retinal IL-1β expression was performed using either siRNA or antibody neutralisation, which was intravitreally injected in SD rats prior to photo-oxidative damage...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437526/prominin-1-is-a-novel-regulator-of-autophagy-in-the-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Sujoy Bhattacharya, Jinggang Yin, Christina S Winborn, Qiuhua Zhang, Junming Yue, Edward Chaum
Purpose: Prominin-1 (Prom1) is a transmembrane glycoprotein, which is expressed in stem cell lineages, and has recently been implicated in cancer stem cell survival. Mutations in the Prom1 gene have been shown to disrupt photoreceptor disk morphogenesis and cause an autosomal dominant form of Stargardt-like macular dystrophy (STGD4). Despite the apparent structural role of Prom1 in photoreceptors, its role in other cells of the retina is unknown. The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of Prom1 in the highly metabolically active cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428837/large-is-required-for-normal-astrocyte-migration-and-retinal-vasculature-development
#4
Min Zhou, Herui Wang, Hui Ren, Rui Jiang, Chi Zhang, Xiaohui Wu, Gezhi Xu
BACKGROUND: Persistent fetal vasculature (PFV) is a congenital developmental anomaly of the eye that accounts for about 5% of childhood blindness. The molecular mechanism of PFV remains unclear. As a glycosyltransferase of α-dystroglycan, LARGE mutations have been found in congenital muscular dystrophy patients with brain abnormalities. Spontaneous Large mutant mice displayed similar symptoms of human muscle-eye-brain disorders. However, the detailed roles of Large in ocular vasculature development still need to be uncovered...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428049/stem-cells-for-retinal-disease-a-perspective-on-the-promise-and-perils
#5
Rajesh C Rao, Vaidehi S Dedania, Mark W Johnson
PURPOSE: To summarize key concepts, and early safety and efficacy signals from clinical trials for stem/progenitor cell-based interventions for retinal disease. DESIGN: Interpretive essay. METHODS: Review and synthesis of selected recent reports of stem/progenitor cell-based approaches for retinal disease, with interpretation and perspective. RESULTS: Stem/progenitor cell-based interventions represent a novel class of potential therapies for retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, inherited retinal dystrophies, and others...
April 17, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419563/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-a-novel-single-base-pair-insertion-mutation-in-the-eys-gene-in-a-six-generation-family-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Jamil Amjad Hashmi, Maan Abdullah Albarry, Ahmed Almatrafi, Alia M Albalawi, Amir Mehmood, Sulman Basit
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited progressive retinal dystrophies (RD) and is characterized by photoreceptor degeneration. RP is clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder. More than 70 genes are known and, thus, identification of causative genes and mutations in known genes is challenging. This study was designed to identify the underlying genetic defect in a large extended Saudi family with multiple RP affected members. Fundus photography, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and visual field perimetry were performed for affected individuals...
April 16, 2017: Congenital Anomalies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419400/a-nine-year-follow-up-of-macular-complications-in-retinitis-pigmentosa-and-diabetes-mellitus
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Dario Pasquale Mucciolo, Andrea Sodi, Vittoria Murro, Gianni Virgili, Stanislao Rizzo
The authors report a 9-year follow-up of macular complications in a 66-year-old woman affected with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Rarely, clinical signs of diabetic retinopathy are presented in a patient with retinal dystrophy. This patient developed a bilateral diabetic macular edema (DME), which made its management complex due to the multiple pathogenic processes involved. Despite the chronicity of the DME, visual acuity remained stable without therapy. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of DME in RP with such a long follow-up...
April 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418496/homozygosity-mapping-and-genetic-analysis-of-autosomal-recessive-retinal-dystrophies-in-144-consanguineous-pakistani-families
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Lin Li, Yabin Chen, Xiaodong Jiao, Chongfei Jin, Dan Jiang, Mukesh Tanwar, Zhiwei Ma, Li Huang, Xiaoyin Ma, Wenmin Sun, Jianjun Chen, Yan Ma, Oussama M'hamdi, Gowthaman Govindarajan, Patricia E Cabrera, Jiali Li, Nikhil Gupta, Muhammad Asif Naeem, Shaheen N Khan, Sheikh Riazuddin, Javed Akram, Radha Ayyagari, Paul A Sieving, S Amer Riazuddin, J Fielding Hejtmancik
Purpose: The Pakistan Punjab population has been a rich source for identifying genes causing or contributing to autosomal recessive retinal degenerations (arRD). This study was carried out to delineate the genetic architecture of arRD in the Pakistani population. Methods: The genetic origin of arRD in a total of 144 families selected only for having consanguineous marriages and multiple members affected with arRD was examined. Of these, causative mutations had been identified in 62 families while only the locus had been identified for an additional 15...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402911/hassab-s-operation-for-joubert-syndrome-with-congenital-hepatic-fibrosis-a-case-report
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Koji Miyazawa, Yasuyuki Hara, Kenji Shimizu, Wataru Nakanishi, Kazuaki Tokodai, Chikashi Nakanishi, Shigehito Miyagi, Naoki Kawagishi, Noriaki Ohuchi
INTRODUCTION: Joubert syndrome is characterized by psychomotor developmental delay, hypotonia, oculomotor abnormalities, occasional retinal dystrophy and cystic kidneys, and frequent and often, striking breathing abnormalities, especially in the neonatal period, with panting tachypnea followed by apnea. We report a case of Joubert syndrome with hepatic fibrosis, portal hypertension, and pancytopenia treated by Hassab's operation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Our patient was a 27-year-old woman with a history of tachypnea, muscle hypotonia, and psychomotor retardation shortly after birth and a diagnosis of Joubert syndrome at 2 years of age...
2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398482/cerkl-gene-knockout-disturbs-photoreceptor-outer-segment-phagocytosis-and-causes-rod-cone-dystrophy-in-zebrafish
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Shanshan Yu, Chang Li, Lincoln Biswas, Xuebin Hu, Fei Liu, James Reilly, Xiliang Liu, Ying Liu, Yuwen Huang, Zhaojing Lu, Shanshan Han, Lei Wang, Jing Yu Liu, Tao Jiang, Xinhua Shu, Fulton Wong, Zhaohui Tang, Mugen Liu
In humans, CERKL mutations cause widespread retinal degeneration: early dysfunction and loss of rod and cone photoreceptors in the outer retina and, progressively, death of cells in the inner retina. Despite intensive efforts, the function of CERKL remains obscure and studies in animal models have failed to clarify the disease mechanism of CERKL mutations. To address this gap in knowledge, we have generated a stable CERKL knockout zebrafish model by TALEN technology and a 7bp deletion in CERKL cDNA that caused the premature termination of CERKL...
April 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380103/hypotrichosis-with-juvenile-macular-dystrophy-a-case-report-with-molecular-study
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Lucas Perez Vicente, Simone Finzi, Remo Susanna, Terri L Young
Hypotrichosis with juvenile macular dystrophy is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by sparse scalp hair caused by hair follicle abnormalities as well as progressive retinal degeneration leading to blindness in the second or third decade of life. It is associated with mutations of the cadherin 3 (CDH3) gene, which result in abnormal expression of P-cadherin. Mutations in CDH3 are related to ectodermal dysplasia, ectrodactyly, and macular dystrophy. In this report, we describe an 11-year-old Iranian boy born with a missing left index fingernail and sparse scalp hair who later displayed macular pigmentary changes...
January 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378834/ablation-of-eys-in-zebrafish-causes-mislocalisation-of-outer-segment-proteins-f-actin-disruption-and-cone-rod-dystrophy
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Zhaojing Lu, Xuebin Hu, Fei Liu, Dinesh C Soares, Xiliang Liu, Shanshan Yu, Meng Gao, Shanshan Han, Yayun Qin, Chang Li, Tao Jiang, Daji Luo, An-Yuan Guo, Zhaohui Tang, Mugen Liu
Mutations in EYS are associated with autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (arRP) and autosomal recessive cone-rod dystrophy (arCRD) however, the function of EYS and the molecular mechanisms of how these mutations cause retinal degeneration are still unclear. Because EYS is absent in mouse and rat, and the structure of the retina differs substantially between humans and Drosophila, we utilised zebrafish as a model organism to study the function of EYS in the retina. We constructed an EYS-knockout zebrafish-line by TALEN technology which showed visual impairment at an early age, while the histological and immunofluorescence assays indicated the presence of progressive retinal degeneration with a cone predominately affected pattern...
April 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376040/spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-features-in-different-stages-of-best-vitelliform-macular-dystrophy
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Maurizio Battaglia Parodi, Pierluigi Iacono, Francesco Romano, Francesco Bandello
PURPOSE: To provide a systematic classification of findings regarding the different stages of vitelliform macular dystrophy on spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). METHODS: Ninety-four eyes of 47 patients were recruited in a prospective cross-sectional study. All patients underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination, including best-corrected visual acuity using Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) charts, biomicroscopy, and SD-OCT...
April 3, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369829/genome-wide-linkage-and-sequence-analysis-challenge-ccdc66-as-a-human-retinal-dystrophy-candidate-gene-and-support-a-distinct-nmnat1-related-fundus-phenotype
#14
Arif O Khan, Birgit S Budde, Peter Nürnberg, Amit Kawalia, Steffen Lenzner, Hanno J Bolz
To uncover the genotype underlying early-onset cone-rod dystrophy and central nummular macular atrophic lesion in two siblings from an endogamous Arab family, we performed targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) of 44 retinal dystrophy genes, whole-exome sequencing (WES) and genome-wide linkage analysis. Targeted NGS and WES in the index patient highlighted two homozygous variants, a CCDC66 frameshift deletion and a novel missense NMNAT1 variant, c.500G>A (p.Asn167Ser). Linkage and segregation analysis excluded the CCDC66 variant and confirmed the NMNAT1 mutation...
March 30, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366503/benign-yellow-dot-maculopathy-a-new-macular-phenotype
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Arundhati Dev Borman, Aleksandra Rachitskaya, Martina Suzani, Robert A Sisk, Zubair M Ahmed, Graham E Holder, Valentina Cipriani, Gavin Arno, Andrew R Webster, Robert B Hufnagel, Audina Berrocal, Anthony T Moore
PURPOSE: To describe a novel macular phenotype that is associated with normal visual function. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational case series. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-six affected individuals from 23 unrelated families. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of patients who had a characteristic macular phenotype. Subjects underwent a full ocular examination, electrophysiologic studies, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT), and fundus autofluorescence imaging...
March 30, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363849/unravelling-the-genetics-of-inherited-retinal-dystrophies-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Suzanne Broadgate, Jing Yu, Susan M Downes, Stephanie Halford
The identification of the genes underlying monogenic diseases has been of interest to clinicians and scientists for many years. Using inherited retinal dystrophies as an example of monogenic disease we describe the history of molecular genetic techniques that have been pivotal in the discovery of disease causing genes. The methods that were developed in the 1970's and 80's are still in use today but have been refined and improved. These techniques enabled the concept of the Human Genome Project to be envisaged and ultimately realised...
March 29, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361678/dignifi-discovering-causative-genes-for-orphan-diseases-using-protein-protein-interaction-networks
#17
Xiaoxia Liu, Zhihao Yang, Hongfei Lin, Michael Simmons, Zhiyong Lu
BACKGROUND: An orphan disease is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population. Orphan diseases are a great burden to patients and society, and most of them are genetic in origin. Unfortunately, our current understanding of the genes responsible for inherited orphan diseases is still quite limited. Developing effective computational algorithms to discover disease-causing genes would help unveil disease mechanisms and may enable better diagnosis and treatment. RESULTS: We have developed a novel method, named as DIGNiFI (Disease causIng GeNe FInder), which uses Protein-Protein Interaction (PPI) network-based features to discover and rank candidate disease-causing genes...
March 14, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355663/-genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-patients-with-crb1-mutations
#18
C Papadopoulou Laiou, M N Preising, H J Bolz, B Lorenz
Background Mutations in the CRB1 gene were identified in patients with early-onset severe retinal dystrophy (EOSRD), childhood-onset and juvenile-onset rod-cone dystrophy. This study describes the phenotypic spectrum of disease-causing CRB1-mutations in the first two decades of life. Materials and Methods Eight patients, aged three months to 20 years, underwent a full comprehensive ophthalmological examination including best corrected visual acuity testing (BCVA), color vision testing, funduscopy, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), and fundus autofluorescence (FAF) recording...
March 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355661/-gene-replacement-therapy-for-inherited-retinal-dystrophies
#19
R Mühlfriedel, V Sothilingam, N Tanimoto, M W Seeliger
Characteristics of inherited retinal dystrophies include deficiencies in light perception and nervous conduction within the retina, leading to reduced vision or even blindness. In this context, the loss of function of photoreceptor-specific genes causes a variety of clinically and aetiologically distinct syndromes - each of them belonging to the group of rare diseases. With a prevalence of 1 in 2500, however, inherited retinal diseases are clinically significant and important - especially since these diseases lead to restrictions of a patient's fitness for work and overall quality of life...
March 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355658/-next-generation-sequencing-a-quantum-leap-in-ophthalmology-research-and-diagnostics
#20
H J Bolz
Many eye diseases have a genetic basis, and most can be caused by mutations in many different genes (extensive genetic heterogeneity). The retinal dystrophies are a good example: More than 200 genes have been identified for the isolated forms (Leber's congenital amaurosis, retinitis pigmentosa, cone-rod dystrophy, congenital stationary night blindness), and for syndromes that comprise additional dysfunctions or malformations of extraocular tissues and organs. Selecting genes for diagnostic testing has been difficult, and their analysis with the hitherto predominant DNA sequencing method (Sanger sequencing) has been extremely laborious: The phenotype rarely indicates the affected gene, and the contributions of the particular genes to the disease (e...
March 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
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