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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
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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...
March 6, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285324/novel-therapeutics-for-stargardt-disease
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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
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M N Preising, H 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 2, 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...
March 2, 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
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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
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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...
February 22, 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
#9
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
#10
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181551/whole-exome-sequencing-using-ion-proton-system-enables-reliable-genetic-diagnosis-of-inherited-retinal-dystrophies
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Marina Riera, Rafael Navarro, Sheila Ruiz-Nogales, Pilar Méndez, Anniken Burés-Jelstrup, Borja Corcóstegui, Esther Pomares
Inherited retinal dystrophies (IRD) comprise a wide group of clinically and genetically complex diseases that progressively affect the retina. Over recent years, the development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods has transformed our ability to diagnose heterogeneous diseases. In this work, we have evaluated the implementation of whole exome sequencing (WES) for the molecular diagnosis of IRD. Using Ion Proton(TM) system, we simultaneously analyzed 212 genes that are responsible for more than 25 syndromic and non-syndromic IRD...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151748/applications-of-antisense-oligonucleotides-for-the-treatment-of-inherited-retinal-diseases
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Rob W J Collin, Alejandro Garanto
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Over the last years, antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) have gained attention as a therapeutic tool for the treatment of ocular diseases such as cytomegalovirus retinitis, keratitis-induced corneal neovascularization, and inherited retinal diseases (IRDs). In this review, we summarize the recent key findings, and describe the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead to translate AON-based therapies to the clinic, in particular for IRDs. RECENT FINDINGS: The efficacy of AONs to restore splice defects and cellular phenotypes associated with a common mutation in CEP290 was demonstrated in patient-derived optic cups and in a transgenic mouse model, respectively...
February 1, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147405/prominent-optic-disc-featured-in-inherited-retinopathy
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M G Todorova, R I Bojinova, C Valmaggia, D F Schorderet
Background We investigated the relationship between prominent optic disc (POD) and inherited retinal dystrophy (IRD). Patients and Methods A cross-sectional consecutive study was performed in 10 children and 11 adults of 7 non-related families. We performed clinical phenotyping, including a detailed examination, fundus autofluorescence, and colour fundus and OCT imaging. Genetic testing was subsequently performed for all family members presenting retinal pathology. Results In 4 members of a 3-generation family, hyperfluorescent deposits on the surface of POD were related to a p...
February 1, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140742/cystoid-macular-changes-on-optical-coherence-tomography-in-a-patient-with-maternally-inherited-diabetes-and-deafness-midd-associated-macular-dystrophy
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Cynthia X Qian, Kari Branham, Naheed Khan, Steven K Lundy, John R Heckenlively, Thiran Jayasundera
The clinical presentation and optical coherence tomography findings in a patient with maternally inherited diabetes and deafness (MIDD) are presented to highlight the presence of macular cystoid spaces in some patients with this disease. Typically, patients with MIDD demonstrate progression of a pigmentary maculopathy into areas of geographic macular atrophy. At the time of initial visit, the 30-year-old patient had large macular cystoid changes in addition to retinal pigmentary changes in both eyes. The cystoid changes responded to treatment with systemic immunosuppression and a topical carbonic anhydrase inhibitor (CAI), recurred when treated with topical CAI monotherapy, and finally resolved after an intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide injection...
January 31, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138561/cd44-expression-in-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-regulates-neurovascular-trophic-effect
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Susumu Sakimoto, Valentina Marchetti, Edith Aguilar, Kelsey Lee, Yoshihiko Usui, Salome Murinello, Felicitas Bucher, Jennifer K Trombley, Regis Fallon, Ravenska Wagey, Carrie Peters, Elizabeth L Scheppke, Peter D Westenskow, Martin Friedlander
Vascular abnormalities are a common component of eye diseases that often lead to vision loss. Vaso-obliteration is associated with inherited retinal degenerations, since photoreceptor atrophy lowers local metabolic demands and vascular support to those regions is no longer required. Given the degree of neurovascular crosstalk in the retina, it may be possible to use one cell type to rescue another cell type in the face of severe stress, such as hypoxia or genetically encoded cell-specific degenerations. Here, we show that intravitreally injected human endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) that can be isolated and differentiated from cord blood in xeno-free media collect in the vitreous cavity and rescue vaso-obliteration and neurodegeneration in animal models of retinal disease...
January 26, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134823/correction-of-monogenic-and-common-retinal-disorders-with-gene-therapy
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REVIEW
Jesse D Sengillo, Sally Justus, Thiago Cabral, Stephen H Tsang
The past decade has seen major advances in gene-based therapies, many of which show promise for translation to human disease. At the forefront of research in this field is ocular disease, as the eye lends itself to gene-based interventions due to its accessibility, relatively immune-privileged status, and ability to be non-invasively monitored. A landmark study in 2001 demonstrating successful gene therapy in a large-animal model for Leber congenital amaurosis set the stage for translation of these strategies from the bench to the bedside...
January 27, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132693/biallelic-mutation-of-arhgef18-involved-in-the-determination-of-epithelial-apicobasal-polarity-causes-adult-onset-retinal-degeneration
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Gavin Arno, Keren J Carss, Sarah Hull, Ceniz Zihni, Anthony G Robson, Alessia Fiorentino, Alison J Hardcastle, Graham E Holder, Michael E Cheetham, Vincent Plagnol, Anthony T Moore, F Lucy Raymond, Karl Matter, Maria S Balda, Andrew R Webster
Mutations in more than 250 genes are implicated in inherited retinal dystrophy; the encoded proteins are involved in a broad spectrum of pathways. The presence of unsolved families after highly parallel sequencing strategies suggests that further genes remain to be identified. Whole-exome and -genome sequencing studies employed here in large cohorts of affected individuals revealed biallelic mutations in ARHGEF18 in three such individuals. ARHGEF18 encodes ARHGEF18, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor that activates RHOA, a small GTPase protein that is a key component of tight junctions and adherens junctions...
February 2, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130426/genetic-analysis-of-ten-pedigrees-with-inherited-retinal-degeneration-ird-by-exome-sequencing-and-phenotype-genotype-association
#18
Pooja Biswas, Jacque L Duncan, Bruno Maranhao, Igor Kozak, Kari Branham, Luis Gabriel, Jonathan H Lin, Guilio Barteselli, Mili Navani, John J Suk, Michelle Parke, Catherine Schlechter, Richard Weleber, John R Heckenlively, Gislin Dagnelie, Pauline Lee, S Amer Riazuddin, Radha Ayyagari
PURPOSE: To identify causative mutations and characterize the phenotype associated with the genotype in ten unrelated families with autosomal recessive retinal degeneration. METHODS: Ophthalmic evaluation and DNA isolation was carried out in 10 pedigrees with IRD. Exomes of probands from 8 pedigrees were captured using Nimblegen V2/V3 or Agilent V5+UTR kits, and sequencing was performed on Illumina HiSeq. The DHDDS gene was screened for mutations in the remaining two pedigrees with Ashkenazi Jews ancestry...
January 27, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123034/opposing-effects-of-valproic-acid-treatment-mediated-by-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-activity-in-four-transgenic-x-laevis-models-of-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Ruanne Y J Vent-Schmidt, Runxia H Wen, Zusheng Zong, Colette N Chiu, Beatrice M Tam, Christopher G May, Orson L Moritz
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is an inherited retinal degeneration (RD) that leads to blindness for which no treatment is available. RP is frequently caused by mutations in Rhodopsin; in some animal models, RD is exacerbated by light. Valproic acid (VPA) is a proposed treatment for RP and other neurodegenerative disorders, with a phase II trial for RP under way. However, the therapeutic mechanism is unclear, with minimal research supporting its use in RP. We investigated the effects of VPA on Xenopus laevis models of RP expressing human P23H, T17M, T4K, and Q344ter rhodopsins, which are associated with RP in humans...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121212/macular-hole-in-stargardt-disease-clinical-and-ultra-structural-observation
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Stanislao Rizzo, Dario Pasquale Mucciolo, Daniela Bacherini, Vittoria Murro, Lorenzo Vannozzi, Gianni Virgili, Daniele Bani, Andrea Sodi
PURPOSE: To report for the first time a case report of a Stargardt disease patient who developed a macular hole (MH) which was treated with a surgical approach. METHOD: Case report. RESULTS: After vitrectomy a complete closure of the MH was obtained and the best-corrected visual acuity remained stable. No complications were reported after one year of follow-up. An ultra-structural examination of the removed internal limiting membrane (ILM) and epiretinal membrane (ERM) was carried out under electron microscopy...
January 25, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
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