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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428049/stem-cells-for-retinal-disease-a-perspective-on-the-promise-and-perils
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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/28404878/activation-of-liver-x-receptor-delayed-the-retinal-degeneration-of-rd1-mice-through-modulation-of-the-immunological-function-of-glia
#2
Xiao He, Dayu Sun, Siyu Chen, Haiwei Xu
Retinal degeneration (RD), including retinitis pigmentosa (RP), is an inherited eye disease characterized by progressive degeneration of photoreceptors. Recently, immune cells, including microglia, Müller cells and astrocytes, in degenerative retina are demonstrated to play key roles in the development of RD and can be used as potential therapeutic targets. Liver X receptors (LXRs) are important immuno-inflammatory response transcription factors that have been reported to be a new potential therapeutic drug target for neurodegenerative diseases...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386229/clc-channels-and-transporters-structure-physiological-functions-and-implications-in-human-chloride-channelopathies
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REVIEW
Diogo R Poroca, Ryan M Pelis, Valérie M Chappe
The discovery of ClC proteins at the beginning of the 1990s was important for the development of the Cl(-) transport research field. ClCs form a large family of proteins that mediate voltage-dependent transport of Cl(-) ions across cell membranes. They are expressed in both plasma and intracellular membranes of cells from almost all living organisms. ClC proteins form transmembrane dimers, in which each monomer displays independent ion conductance. Eukaryotic members also possess a large cytoplasmic domain containing two CBS domains, which are involved in transport modulation...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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
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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/28355661/-gene-replacement-therapy-for-inherited-retinal-dystrophies
#6
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/28355279/highly-sensitive-measurements-of-disease-progression-in-rare-disorders-developing-and-validating-a-multimodal-model-of-retinal-degeneration-in-stargardt-disease
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Stanley Lambertus, Nathalie M Bax, Ana Fakin, Joannes M M Groenewoud, B Jeroen Klevering, Anthony T Moore, Michel Michaelides, Andrew R Webster, Gert Jan van der Wilt, Carel B Hoyng
BACKGROUND: Each inherited retinal disorder is rare, but together, they affect millions of people worldwide. No treatment is currently available for these blinding diseases, but promising new options-including gene therapy-are emerging. Arguably, the most prevalent retinal dystrophy is Stargardt disease. In each case, the specific combination of ABCA4 variants (> 900 identified to date) and modifying factors is virtually unique. It accounts for the vast phenotypic heterogeneity including variable rates of functional and structural progression, thereby potentially limiting the ability of phase I/II clinical trials to assess efficacy of novel therapies with few patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351048/retinitis-pigmentosa-and-other-dystrophies
#8
Sarah Mrejen, Isabelle Audo, Sébastien Bonnel, José-Alain Sahel
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a heterogeneous group of inherited retinal degenerations characterized by progressive degeneration of rod and cone cells that affects predominantly peripheral visual fields. Macular edema may cause additional central visual acuity decrease. Cystoid macular edema (CME) is one of the few treatable causes of visual loss in RP. The prevalence of CME in RP has been found to be between 10 and 20% on fluorescein angiography-based studies, and as high as 49% on reports based on optical coherence tomography...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347807/retinal-gene-delivery-enhancement-by-lycopene-incorporation-into-cationic-niosomes-based-on-dotma-and-polysorbate-60
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Mohamed Mashal, Noha Attia, Gustavo Puras, Gema Martínez-Navarrete, Eduardo Fernández, Jose Luis Pedraz
The present study aimed to evaluate the incorporation of the natural lipid lycopene into niosome formulations based on cationic lipid DOTMA and polysorbate 60 non-ionic surfactant to analyze the potential application of this novel formulation to deliver genetic material into the rat retina. Both niosomes with and without lycopene were prepared by the reverse phase evaporation method and physicochemically characterized in terms of size, zeta potential, polydispersity index and capacity to condense, release and protect the DNA against enzymatic digestion...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341476/panel-based-clinical-genetic-testing-in-85-children-with-inherited-retinal-disease
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Rachel L Taylor, Neil R A Parry, Stephanie J Barton, Christopher Campbell, Claire M Delaney, Jamie M Ellingford, Georgina Hall, Claire Hardcastle, Jiten Morarji, Elisabeth J Nichol, Lindsi C Williams, Sofia Douzgou, Jill Clayton-Smith, Simon C Ramsden, Vinod Sharma, Susmito Biswas, I Chris Lloyd, Jane L Ashworth, Graeme C Black, Panagiotis I Sergouniotis
PURPOSE: To assess the clinical usefulness of genetic testing in a pediatric population with inherited retinal disease (IRD). DESIGN: Single-center retrospective case series. PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-five unrelated children with a diagnosis of isolated or syndromic IRD who were referred for clinical genetic testing between January 2014 and July 2016. METHODS: Participants underwent a detailed ophthalmic examination, accompanied by electrodiagnostic testing (EDT) and dysmorphologic assessment where appropriate...
March 21, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325286/inclusion-of-the-woodchuck-hepatitis-virus-posttranscriptional-regulatory-element-enhances-aav2-driven-transduction-of-mouse-and-human-retina
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Maria I Patrício, Alun R Barnard, Harry O Orlans, Michelle E McClements, Robert E MacLaren
The woodchuck hepatitis virus posttranscriptional regulatory element (WPRE) has been included in the transgene cassette of adeno-associated virus (AAV) in several gene therapy clinical trials, including those for inherited retinal diseases. However, the extent to which WPRE increases transgene expression in the retina is still unclear. To address this question, AAV2 vectors containing a reporter gene with and without WPRE were initially compared in vitro and subsequently in vivo by subretinal delivery in mice...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289063/photoreceptor-cilia-and-retinal-ciliopathies
#12
Kinga M Bujakowska, Qin Liu, Eric A Pierce
Photoreceptors are sensory neurons designed to convert light stimuli into neurological responses. This process, called phototransduction, takes place in the outer segments (OS) of rod and cone photoreceptors. OS are specialized sensory cilia, with analogous structures to those present in other nonmotile cilia. Deficient morphogenesis and/or dysfunction of photoreceptor sensory cilia (PSC) caused by mutations in a variety of photoreceptor-specific and common cilia genes can lead to inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs)...
March 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285769/mutations-in-the-spliceosome-component-cwc27-cause-retinal-degeneration-with-or-without-additional-developmental-anomalies
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Mingchu Xu, Yajing Angela Xie, Hana Abouzeid, Christopher T Gordon, Alessia Fiorentino, Zixi Sun, Anna Lehman, Ihab S Osman, Rachayata Dharmat, Rosa Riveiro-Alvarez, Linda Bapst-Wicht, Darwin Babino, Gavin Arno, Virginia Busetto, Li Zhao, Hui Li, Miguel A Lopez-Martinez, Liliana F Azevedo, Laurence Hubert, Nikolas Pontikos, Aiden Eblimit, Isabel Lorda-Sanchez, Valeria Kheir, Vincent Plagnol, Myriam Oufadem, Zachry T Soens, Lizhu Yang, Christine Bole-Feysot, Rolph Pfundt, Nathalie Allaman-Pillet, Patrick Nitschké, Michael E Cheetham, Stanislas Lyonnet, Smriti A Agrawal, Huajin Li, Gaëtan Pinton, Michel Michaelides, Claude Besmond, Yumei Li, Zhisheng Yuan, Johannes von Lintig, Andrew R Webster, Hervé Le Hir, Peter Stoilov, Jeanne Amiel, Alison J Hardcastle, Carmen Ayuso, Ruifang Sui, Rui Chen, Rando Allikmets, Daniel F Schorderet
Pre-mRNA splicing factors play a fundamental role in regulating transcript diversity both temporally and spatially. Genetic defects in several spliceosome components have been linked to a set of non-overlapping spliceosomopathy phenotypes in humans, among which skeletal developmental defects and non-syndromic retinitis pigmentosa (RP) are frequent findings. Here we report that defects in spliceosome-associated protein CWC27 are associated with a spectrum of disease phenotypes ranging from isolated RP to severe syndromic forms...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285324/novel-therapeutics-for-stargardt-disease
#14
REVIEW
Louise J Lu, Ji Liu, Ron A Adelman
DESCRIPTION OF SITUATION: Stargardt disease, an inherited macular dystrophy caused by mutations in the ABCA4 gene encoding a retinal transporter protein, is the most prevalent form of macular degeneration in children. Patients with Stargardt disease develop severe vision loss within their first or second decades of life, which progresses to irreversible decreased visual acuity in almost all cases. Presently, there are no standard treatments for Stargardt disease. However, encouraging progress has been made in the development of innovative approaches to preventing vision loss in Stargardt patients...
March 11, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255968/-segregation-analysis-in-inherited-eye-disorders-an-academic-add-on-or-an-essential-effort
#15
M N Preising, H J Bolz
The knowledge of the genetic basis of many eye diseases is constantly increasing. Besides retinal degeneration, developmental defects of the anterior segment, cataracts, and the development of the basic structure are often associated with genetic defects. Moreover, a lot of genetic syndromes involve eye abnormalities. The impact of genetics has become more and more evident in ophthalmological practice. Although genetic counselling is usually carried out by human geneticists, the increasing availability of therapeutic options requires ophthalmologists to have some basic knowledge of the genetic causes and how to identify them...
March 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253385/association-of-steroid-5%C3%AE-reductase-type-3-congenital-disorder-of-glycosylation-with-early-onset-retinal-dystrophy
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Rachel L Taylor, Gavin Arno, James A Poulter, Kamron N Khan, Jiten Morarji, Sarah Hull, Nikolas Pontikos, Antonio Rueda Martin, Katherine R Smith, Manir Ali, Carmel Toomes, Martin McKibbin, Jill Clayton-Smith, Stephanie Grunewald, Michel Michaelides, Anthony T Moore, Alison J Hardcastle, Chris F Inglehearn, Andrew R Webster, Graeme C Black
Importance: Steroid 5α-reductase type 3 congenital disorder of glycosylation (SRD5A3-CDG) is a rare disorder of N-linked glycosylation. Its retinal phenotype is not well described but could be important for disease recognition because it appears to be a consistent primary presenting feature. Objective: To investigate a series of patients with the same mutation in the SRD5A3 gene and thereby characterize its retinal manifestations and other associated features. Design, Setting and Participants: Seven affected individuals from 4 unrelated families with early-onset retinal dystrophy as a primary manifestation underwent comprehensive ophthalmic assessment, including retinal imaging and electrodiagnostic testing...
April 1, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246391/rescue-of-the-mertk-phagocytic-defect-in-a-human-ipsc-disease-model-using-translational-read-through-inducing-drugs
#17
Conor M Ramsden, Britta Nommiste, Amelia R Lane, Amanda-Jayne F Carr, Michael B Powner, Matthew J K Smart, Li Li Chen, Manickam N Muthiah, Andrew R Webster, Anthony T Moore, Michael E Cheetham, Lyndon da Cruz, Peter J Coffey
Inherited retinal dystrophies are an important cause of blindness, for which currently there are no effective treatments. In order to study this heterogeneous group of diseases, adequate disease models are required in order to better understand pathology and to test potential therapies. Induced pluripotent stem cells offer a new way to recapitulate patient specific diseases in vitro, providing an almost limitless amount of material to study. We used fibroblast-derived induced pluripotent stem cells to generate retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) from an individual suffering from retinitis pigmentosa associated with biallelic variants in MERTK...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224992/diagnostic-exome-sequencing-in-266-dutch-patients-with-visual-impairment
#18
Lonneke Haer-Wigman, Wendy Ag van Zelst-Stams, Rolph Pfundt, L Ingeborgh van den Born, Caroline Cw Klaver, Joke Bgm Verheij, Carel B Hoyng, Martijn H Breuning, Camiel Jf Boon, Anneke J Kievit, Virginie Jm Verhoeven, Jan Wr Pott, Suzanne Ceh Sallevelt, Johanna M van Hagen, Astrid S Plomp, Hester Y Kroes, Stefan H Lelieveld, Jayne Y Hehir-Kwa, Steven Castelein, Marcel Nelen, Hans Scheffer, Dorien Lugtenberg, Frans Pm Cremers, Lies Hoefsloot, Helger G Yntema
Inherited eye disorders have a large clinical and genetic heterogeneity, which makes genetic diagnosis cumbersome. An exome-sequencing approach was developed in which data analysis was divided into two steps: the vision gene panel and exome analysis. In the vision gene panel analysis, variants in genes known to cause inherited eye disorders were assessed for pathogenicity. If no causative variants were detected and when the patient consented, the entire exome data was analyzed. A total of 266 Dutch patients with different types of inherited eye disorders, including inherited retinal dystrophies, cataract, developmental eye disorders and optic atrophy, were investigated...
May 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191500/insights-from-genetic-model-systems-of-retinal-degeneration-role-of-epsins-in-retinal-angiogenesis-and-vegfr2-signaling
#19
Yunzhou Dong, Xue Cai, Yong Wu, Yanjun Liu, Lin Deng, Hong Chen
The retina is a light sensitive tissue that contains specialized photoreceptor cells called rods and cones which process visual signals. These signals are relayed to the brain through interneurons and the fibers of the optic nerve. The retina is susceptible to a variety of degenerative diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and other inherited retinal degenerations. In order to reveal the mechanism underlying these diseases and to find methods for the prevention/treatment of retinal degeneration, animal models have been generated to mimic human eye diseases...
January 2017: Journal of Nature and Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186610/-progress-in-research-on-pathogenic-genes-and-gene-therapy-for-inherited-retinal-diseases
#20
Ling Zhu, Cong Cao, Jiji Sun, Tao Gao, Xiaoyang Liang, Zhipeng Nie, Yanchun Ji, Pingping Jiang, Minxin Guan
Inherited retinal diseases (IRDs), including retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome, Cone-Rod degenerations, inherited macular dystrophy, Leber's congenital amaurosis, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy are the most common and severe types of hereditary ocular diseases. So far more than 200 pathogenic genes have been identified. With the growing knowledge of the genetics and mechanisms of IRDs, a number of gene therapeutic strategies have been developed in the laboratory or even entered clinical trials. Here the progress of IRD research on the pathogenic genes and therapeutic strategies, particularly gene therapy, are reviewed...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
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