Read by QxMD icon Read

Inherited retinal diseases

Daniel Mattle, Bernd Kuhn, Johannes Aebi, Marc Bedoucha, Demet Kekilli, Nathalie Grozinger, Andre Alker, Markus G Rudolph, Georg Schmid, Gebhard F X Schertler, Michael Hennig, Jörg Standfuss, Roger J P Dawson
In the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP), protein misfolding leads to fatal consequences for cell metabolism and rod and cone cell survival. To stop disease progression, a therapeutic approach focuses on stabilizing inherited protein mutants of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) rhodopsin using pharmacological chaperones (PC) that improve receptor folding and trafficking. In this study, we discovered stabilizing nonretinal small molecules by virtual and thermofluor screening and determined the crystal structure of pharmacologically stabilized opsin at 2...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Saber Imani, Iqra Ijaz, Marzieh Dehghan Shasaltaneh, Shangyi Fu, Jingliang Cheng, Junjiang Fu
Choroideremia (CHM) is a rare form of X-linked chorioretinal dystrophy that is caused by mutations in the CHM gene. Mutations in the Rab escort protein-1 (REP-1), an ubiquitously encoded protein of the CHM gene, lead to prenylation and vesicle trafficking deficiency in the protein, resulting in the progressive degeneration of choriocapillaris, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), and photoreceptors. Despite previous studies concerning this disease, no effective diagnostic tests or established therapeutic interventions currently exist for CHM...
January 2018: Mutation Research
Yi Shi, Yanhui Su, Joshua H Lipschutz, Glenn P Lobo
Cilia are highly-conserved organelles projecting from the cell surface of nearly every cell type in vertebrates. Ciliary proteins have essential functions in human physiology, particularly in signaling and organ development. As cilia are a component of almost all vertebrate cells, cilia dysfunction can manifest as a constellation of features that characteristically include, retinal degeneration, renal disease and cerebral anomalies. The terminology "Ciliopathies" refers to inherited human disorders caused by genetic mutations in ciliary genes, leading to cilia dysfunctions that form an important and ever expanding multi-organ disease spectrum...
December 2017: Clin Nephrol Res
John J McMurtrey, Mark O M Tso
Most patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa (RP) inherit the disorder; however, the immune-pathologic features associated with this disease have yet to be extensively studied. Six reports correlate anti-retinal immune activity with vision deterioration in RP patients. Some of these patients have sporadic RP that occurs in excess of expected gene segregation during inheritance. The hypothesis that a primary immune-mediated disease process occurs in this sporadic group is supported by significant associations of RP with autoimmune endocrinopathies and other immune related conditions or factors; however, no immunologic difference regarding RP family history is reported in the peripheral blood studies of RP patients...
March 15, 2018: Survey of Ophthalmology
Ruben Jauregui, Galaxy Y Cho, Vitor K L Takahashi, Julia T Takiuti, Alexander G Bassuk, Vinit B Mahajan, Stephen H Tsang
Inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) are a major cause of incurable familial blindness in the Western world. In the pediatric population, IRDs are a major contributor to the 19 million children worldwide with visual impairment. Unfortunately, the road to the correct diagnosis is often complicated in the pediatric population, as typical diagnostic tools such as fundus examination, electrodiagnostic studies, and other imaging modalities may be difficult to perform in the pediatric patient. In this review, we describe the most significant IRDs with onset during the pediatric years (ie, before the age of 18)...
March 14, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
Eleonora Vighi, Dragana Trifunović, Patricia Veiga-Crespo, Andreas Rentsch, Dorit Hoffmann, Ayse Sahaboglu, Torsten Strasser, Manoj Kulkarni, Evelina Bertolotti, Angelique van den Heuvel, Tobias Peters, Arie Reijerkerk, Thomas Euler, Marius Ueffing, Frank Schwede, Hans-Gottfried Genieser, Pieter Gaillard, Valeria Marigo, Per Ekström, François Paquet-Durand
Inherited retinal degeneration (RD) is a devastating and currently untreatable neurodegenerative condition that leads to loss of photoreceptor cells and blindness. The vast genetic heterogeneity of RD, the lack of "druggable" targets, and the access-limiting blood-retinal barrier (BRB) present major hurdles toward effective therapy development. Here, we address these challenges ( i ) by targeting cGMP (cyclic guanosine- 3',5'-monophosphate) signaling, a disease driver common to different types of RD, and ( ii ) by combining inhibitory cGMP analogs with a nanosized liposomal drug delivery system designed to facilitate transport across the BRB...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Wen-Li Deng, Mei-Ling Gao, Xin-Lan Lei, Ji-Neng Lv, Huan Zhao, Kai-Wen He, Xi-Xi Xia, Ling-Yun Li, Yu-Chen Chen, Yan-Ping Li, Deng Pan, Tian Xue, Zi-Bing Jin
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is an irreversible, inherited retinopathy in which early-onset nyctalopia is observed. Despite the genetic heterogeneity of RP, RPGR mutations are the most common causes of this disease. Here, we generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from three RP patients with different frameshift mutations in the RPGR gene, which were then differentiated into retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells and well-structured retinal organoids possessing electrophysiological properties. We observed significant defects in photoreceptor in terms of morphology, localization, transcriptional profiling, and electrophysiological activity...
February 28, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Silvia Albert, Alejandro Garanto, Riccardo Sangermano, Mubeen Khan, Nathalie M Bax, Carel B Hoyng, Jana Zernant, Winston Lee, Rando Allikmets, Rob W J Collin, Frans P M Cremers
Sequence analysis of the coding regions and splice site sequences in inherited retinal diseases is not able to uncover ∼40% of the causal variants. Whole-genome sequencing can identify most of the non-coding variants, but their interpretation is still very challenging, in particular when the relevant gene is expressed in a tissue-specific manner. Deep-intronic variants in ABCA4 have been associated with autosomal-recessive Stargardt disease (STGD1), but the exact pathogenic mechanism is unknown. By generating photoreceptor precursor cells (PPCs) from fibroblasts obtained from individuals with STGD1, we demonstrated that two neighboring deep-intronic ABCA4 variants (c...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Neruban Kumaran, Michel Michaelides, Alexander J Smith, Robin R Ali, James W B Bainbridge
Introduction: Inherited retinal diseases are the leading cause of sight impairment in people of working age in England and Wales, and the second commonest in childhood. Gene therapy offers the potential for benefit. Sources of data: Pubmed and Areas of agreement: Gene therapy can improve vision in RPE65-associated Leber Congenital Amaurosis (RPE65-LCA). Potential benefit depends on efficient gene transfer and is limited by the extent of retinal degeneration...
March 1, 2018: British Medical Bulletin
Agustina Noailles, Victoria Maneu, Laura Campello, Pedro Lax, Nicolás Cuenca
Retinal neurodegenerative diseases involve a scenario of inflammation and cell death that leads to morphological alterations and visual impairment. Non-ocular inflammatory processes could affect neurodegenerative retinal disorders and their progression, at least in part by activating microglial cells and releasing pro-inflammatory cytokines. Our purpose was to study the consequences of a systemic inflammatory process in the progression of retinal degeneration in P23H rats, a retinitis pigmentosa (RP) model...
March 2, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Kaiyong Liang, Xiaojuan Ou, Xukai Huang, Qunfang Lan
RATIONALE: Agenesis of the dorsal pancreas is a very rare condition with an unknown pathology and etiology, although it may be associated with autosomal dominant or X-linked dominant inheritance or retinoic acid and hedgehog signaling pathway alterations. This condition usually manifests with abdominal pain or pancreatitis, although some cases are asymptomatic. Approximately 50% of affected patients with this disorder present with hyperglycemia or various other anomalies. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report the case of a 23-year-old Chinese woman who visited the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism with insulin-dependent diabetes but no specific symptoms, signs, or other deformities...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Shijie Zheng, Lirong Xiao, Yu Liu, Yujiao Wang, Lin Cheng, Junjun Zhang, Naihong Yan, Danian Chen
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited retinal degenerative diseases causing progressive loss of photoreceptors. Numerous gene mutations are identified to be related with RP, but epigenetic modifications may also be involved in the pathogenesis. Previous studies suggested that both DNA methylation and histone acetylation regulate photoreceptor cell death in RP mouse models. However, the role of histone methylation in RP has never been investigated. In this study, we found that trimethylation of several lysine sites of histone H3, including lysine 27 (H3K27me3), increased in the retinas of rd1 mice...
February 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Frida Jonsson, Ida Maria Westin, Lennart Österman, Ola Sandgren, Marie Burstedt, Monica Holmberg, Irina Golovleva
PURPOSE: Inherited retinal dystrophies (IRDs) represent a group of progressive conditions affecting the retina. There is a great genetic heterogeneity causing IRDs, and to date, more than 260 genes are associated with IRDs. Stargardt disease, type 1 (STGD1) or macular degeneration with flecks, STGD1 represents a disease with early onset, central visual impairment, frequent appearance of yellowish flecks and mutations in the ATP-binding cassette subfamily A, member 4 (ABCA4) gene. A large number of intronic sequence variants in ABCA4 have been considered pathogenic although their functional effect was seldom demonstrated...
February 20, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
Reena Rathod, Harshini Surendran, Rajani Battu, Jogin Desai, Rajarshi Pal
Retinal degenerative disorders are a leading cause of the inherited, irreversible and incurable vision loss. While various rodent model systems have provided crucial information in this direction.lack of disease-relevant tissue availability and species-specific differences have proven to be a major roadblock. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) have opened up a whole new avenue of possibilities not just in understanding the disease mechanism but also potential therapeutic approaches towards a cure. In this review, we have summarized recent advances in the methods of deriving retinal cell types from iPSCs which can serve as a renewable source of disease-relevant cell population for basic as well as translational studies...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Mu Yang, Shujin Li, Wenjing Liu, Yeming Yang, Lin Zhang, Shanshan Zhang, Zhilin Jiang, Zhenglin Yang, Xianjun Zhu
BACKGROUND: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited retinal diseases that result in severe progressive visual impairment. AIMS: The purpose of this article was to apply targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify the causative mutation in a Chinese RP family. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from a Chinese proband diagnosed with RP and her family members. A total of 163 genes that have been previously found to be involved in inherited retinal diseases were selected for NGS...
February 13, 2018: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Shujin Li, Mu Yang, Wenjing Liu, Yuqing Liu, Lin Zhang, Yeming Yang, Periasamy Sundaresan, Zhenglin Yang, Xianjun Zhu
BACKGROUND: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of rare inherited retinal dystrophies that result in a progressive loss of vision. Molecular diagnosis of RP is difficult due to its phenotypic and genetic heterogeneities. AIMS: To investigate causative genetic mutations in a collection of RP cases: one Indian and two Chinese families with autosomal-recessive RP and two sporadic patients with RP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 163 genes, which have previously been found to be involved in inherited retinal disorders, were selected for targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
February 2018: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Ling Cheng, Hongsong Yu, Yan Jiang, Juan He, Sisi Pu, Xin Li, Li Zhang
Usher syndrome (USH) is an autosomal recessive disease characterized by deafness and retinitis pigmentosa. In view of the high phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity in USH, performing genetic screening with traditional methods is impractical. In the present study, we carried out targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) to uncover the underlying gene in an USH family (2 USH patients and 15 unaffected relatives). One hundred and thirty-five genes associated with inherited retinal degeneration were selected for deep exome sequencing...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Thu T Duong, Vidyullatha Vasireddy, Pavitra Ramachandran, Pamela S Herrera, Lanfranco Leo, Carrie Merkel, Jean Bennett, Jason A Mills
Choroideremia (CHM) is a rare monogenic, X-linked recessive inherited retinal degeneration resulting from mutations in the Rab Escort Protein-1 (REP1) encoding CHM gene. The primary retinal cell type leading to CHM is unknown. In this study, we explored the utility of induced pluripotent stem cell-derived models of retinal pigmented epithelium (iPSC-RPE) to study disease pathogenesis and a potential gene-based intervention in four different genetically distinct forms of CHM. A number of abnormal cell biologic, biochemical, and physiologic functions were identified in the CHM mutant cells...
January 27, 2018: Stem Cell Research
Kamron N Khan, Anthony Robson, Omar A R Mahroo, Gavin Arno, Chris F Inglehearn, Monica Armengol, Naushin Waseem, Graham E Holder, Keren J Carss, Lucy F Raymond, Andrew R Webster, Anthony T Moore, Martin McKibbin, Maria M van Genderen, James A Poulter, Michel Michaelides
To date, over 150 disease-associated variants in CRB1 have been described, resulting in a range of retinal disease phenotypes including Leber congenital amaurosis and retinitis pigmentosa. Despite this, no genotype-phenotype correlations are currently recognised. We performed a retrospective review of electronic patient records to identify patients with macular dystrophy due to bi-allelic variants in CRB1. In total, seven unrelated individuals were identified. The median age at presentation was 21 years, with a median acuity of 0...
February 1, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Christina Zeitz, Christoph Friedburg, Markus N Preising, Birgit Lorenz
Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of non-progressive retinal disorder with largely normal fundus appearance. The mode of inheritance can be autosomal dominant (adCSNB), autosomal recessive (arCSNB) or X-chromosomal (XLCSNB). Additional ocular signs can be myopia, hyperopia, strabismus, nystagmus and reduced visual acuity. The Riggs and Schubert-Bornschein form of CSNB can be discriminated by electroretinography. While the Riggs form represents a dysfunction of the rods, a signal transmission defect from photoreceptors to bipolar cell is described in patients with the more frequently occurring Schubert-Bornschein form...
February 1, 2018: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"