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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100662/zika-virus-causes-supernumerary-foci-with-centriolar-proteins-and-impaired-spindle-positioning
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Benita Wolf, Fodé Diop, Pauline Ferraris, Sineewanlaya Wichit, Coralie Busso, Dorothée Missé, Pierre Gönczy
Zika virus (ZIKV) causes congenital microcephaly. Although ZIKV can impair cell cycle progression and provoke apoptosis, which probably contributes to disease aetiology through depletion of neural progenitor cells, additional cellular mechanisms may be important. Here, we investigated whether ZIKV infection alters centrosome number and spindle positioning, because such defects are thought to be at the root of inherited primary autosomal recessive microcephaly (MCPH). In addition to HeLa cells, in which centrosome number and spindle positioning can be well monitored, we analysed retinal epithelial cells (RPE-1), as well as brain-derived microglial (CHME-5) and neural progenitor (ReN) cells, using immunofluorescence...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095637/gene-therapy-for-achromatopsia
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REVIEW
Stylianos Michalakis, Christian Schön, Elvir Becirovic, Martin Biel
AIM: This review summarizes the current status of Achromatopsia (ACHM) gene therapy-related research activities and provides an outlook for their clinical application. DISCUSSION: ACHM is an inherited eye disease characterized by congenital absence of cone photoreceptor function. As a consequence, ACHM is associated with strongly impaired daylight vision, photophobia, nystagmus, and lack of color discrimination. Currently, six genes have been linked to ACHM. Up to 80% of the patients carry mutations in the genes CNGA3 and CNGB3 encoding the two subunits of the cone cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) channel...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092344/choriocapillaris-signal-voids-in-maternally-inherited-diabetes-and-deafness-and-in-pseudoxanthoma-elasticum
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Richard F Spaide
PURPOSE: To evaluate the pattern of choriocapillaris signal voids in maternally inherited diabetes and deafness and in pseudoxanthoma elasticum in eyes before the development of any geographic atrophy. METHODS: The choriocapillaris under the central macula was imaged with the Optovue RTVue XR Avanti using a 10 μm slab thickness. Automatic local thresholding of the resultant raw data extracted areas of absent flow signal, called signal voids, and these were counted and logarithmically binned...
January 13, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065882/rescue-of-mutant-rhodopsin-traffic-by-metformin-induced-ampk-activation-accelerates-photoreceptor-degeneration
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Dimitra Athanasiou, Monica Aguila, Chikwado A Opefi, Kieron South, James Bellingham, Dalila Bevilacqua, Peter M Munro, Naheed Kanuga, Francesca E Mackenzie, Adam M Dubis, Anastasios Georgiadis, Anna B Graca, Rachael A Pearson, Robin R Ali, Sanae Sakami, Krzysztof Palczewski, Michael Y Sherman, Philip J Reeves, Michael E Cheetham
Protein misfolding caused by inherited mutations leads to loss of protein function and potentially toxic 'gain of function', such as the dominant P23H rhodopsin mutation that causes retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Here, we tested whether the AMPK activator metformin could affect the P23H rhodopsin synthesis and folding. In cell models, metformin treatment improved P23H rhodopsin folding and traffic. In animal models of P23H RP, metformin treatment successfully enhanced P23H traffic to the rod outer segment, but this led to reduced photoreceptor function and increased photoreceptor cell death...
January 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065590/mechanism-and-evidence-of-nonsense-suppression-therapy-for-genetic-eye-disorders
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REVIEW
Rose Richardson, Matthew Smart, Dhani Tracey-White, Andrew Webster, Mariya Moosajee
Between 5 and 70% of genetic disease is caused by in-frame nonsense mutations, which introduce a premature termination codon (PTC) within the disease-causing gene. Consequently, during translation, non-functional or gain-of-function truncated proteins of pathological significance, are formed. Approximately 50% of all inherited retinal disorders have been associated with PTCs, highlighting the importance of novel pharmacological or gene correction therapies in ocular disease. Pharmacological nonsense suppression of PTCs could delineate a therapeutic strategy that treats the mutation in a gene- and disease-independent manner...
January 5, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061512/assessment-of-rod-cone-and-intrinsically-photosensitive-retinal-ganglion-cell-contributions-to-the-canine-chromatic-pupillary-response
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Connie Y Yeh, Kristin L Koehl, Christine D Harman, Simone Iwabe, José M Guzman, Simon M Petersen-Jones, Randy H Kardon, András M Komáromy
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a chromatic pupillometry protocol for specific functional assessment of rods, cones, and intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) in dogs. Methods: Chromatic pupillometry was tested and compared in 37 dogs in different stages of primary loss of rod, cone, and combined rod/cone and optic nerve function, and in 5 wild-type (WT) dogs. Eyes were stimulated with 1-s flashes of dim (1 cd/m2) and bright (400 cd/m2) blue light (for scotopic conditions) or bright red (400 cd/m2) light with 25-cd/m2 blue background (for photopic conditions)...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052542/impact-of-retinal-pigment-epithelium-pathology-on-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-derived-macular-thickness-and-volume-metrics-and-their-intersession-repeatability
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Daren Hanumunthadu, Jin Ping Wang, Wei Chen, Evan N Wong, Yi Chen, William H Morgan, Praveen J Patel, Fred K Chen
BACKGROUND: To determine the impact of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) pathology on intersession repeatability of retinal thickness and volume metrics derived from Spectralis spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany). DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional single centre study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 56 eyes of 56 subjects were divided into three groups: (i) normal RPE band (25 eyes); (ii) RPE elevation: macular soft drusen (13 eyes); and (iii) RPE attenuation: geographic atrophy or inherited retinal diseases (18 eyes)...
November 6, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045043/high-prevalence-of-mutations-affecting-the-splicing-process-in-a-spanish-cohort-with-autosomal-dominant-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Maitane Ezquerra-Inchausti, Olatz Barandika, Ander Anasagasti, Cristina Irigoyen, Adolfo López de Munain, Javier Ruiz-Ederra
Retinitis pigmentosa is the most frequent group of inherited retinal dystrophies. It is highly heterogeneous, with more than 80 disease-causing genes 27 of which are known to cause autosomal dominant RP (adRP), having been identified. In this study a total of 29 index cases were ascertained based on a family tree compatible with adRP. A custom panel of 31 adRP genes was analysed by targeted next-generation sequencing using the Ion PGM platform in combination with Sanger sequencing. This allowed us to detect putative disease-causing mutations in 14 out of the 29 (48...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044389/in-silico-functional-meta-analysis-of-5-962-abca4-variants-in-3-928-retinal-dystrophy-cases
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Stéphanie S Cornelis, Nathalie M Bax, Jana Zernant, Rando Allikmets, Lars G Fritsche, Johan T den Dunnen, Muhammad Ajmal, Carel B Hoyng, Frans P M Cremers
Variants in the ABCA4 gene are associated with a spectrum of inherited retinal diseases (IRDs), most prominently with autosomal recessive Stargardt disease (STGD1) and cone-rod dystrophy (arCRD). The clinical outcome to a large degree depends on the severity of the variants. To provide an accurate prognosis and to select patients for novel treatments, functional significance assessment of non-truncating ABCA4 variants is important. We collected all published ABCA4 variants from 3,931 retinal dystrophy cases in a Leiden Open Variation Database, and compared their frequency in 3,270 Caucasian IRD cases with 33,370 non-Finnish European control individuals...
January 3, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041644/mutations-in-pih1d3-cause-x-linked-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-with-outer-and-inner-dynein-arm-defects
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Tamara Paff, Niki T Loges, Isabella Aprea, Kaman Wu, Zeineb Bakey, Eric G Haarman, Johannes M A Daniels, Erik A Sistermans, Natalija Bogunovic, Gerard W Dougherty, Inga M Höben, Jörg Große-Onnebrink, Anja Matter, Heike Olbrich, Claudius Werner, Gerard Pals, Miriam Schmidts, Heymut Omran, Dimitra Micha
Defects in motile cilia and sperm flagella cause primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), characterized by chronic airway disease, infertility, and left-right body axis disturbance. Here we report maternally inherited and de novo mutations in PIH1D3 in four men affected with PCD. PIH1D3 is located on the X chromosome and is involved in the preassembly of both outer (ODA) and inner (IDA) dynein arms of cilia and sperm flagella. Loss-of-function mutations in PIH1D3 lead to absent ODAs and reduced to absent IDAs, causing ciliary and flagellar immotility...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041643/comprehensive-rare-variant-analysis-via-whole-genome-sequencing-to-determine-the-molecular-pathology-of-inherited-retinal-disease
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Keren J Carss, Gavin Arno, Marie Erwood, Jonathan Stephens, Alba Sanchis-Juan, Sarah Hull, Karyn Megy, Detelina Grozeva, Eleanor Dewhurst, Samantha Malka, Vincent Plagnol, Christopher Penkett, Kathleen Stirrups, Roberta Rizzo, Genevieve Wright, Dragana Josifova, Maria Bitner-Glindzicz, Richard H Scott, Emma Clement, Louise Allen, Ruth Armstrong, Angela F Brady, Jenny Carmichael, Manali Chitre, Robert H H Henderson, Jane Hurst, Robert E MacLaren, Elaine Murphy, Joan Paterson, Elisabeth Rosser, Dorothy A Thompson, Emma Wakeling, Willem H Ouwehand, Michel Michaelides, Anthony T Moore, Andrew R Webster, F Lucy Raymond
Inherited retinal disease is a common cause of visual impairment and represents a highly heterogeneous group of conditions. Here, we present findings from a cohort of 722 individuals with inherited retinal disease, who have had whole-genome sequencing (n = 605), whole-exome sequencing (n = 72), or both (n = 45) performed, as part of the NIHR-BioResource Rare Diseases research study. We identified pathogenic variants (single-nucleotide variants, indels, or structural variants) for 404/722 (56%) individuals. Whole-genome sequencing gives unprecedented power to detect three categories of pathogenic variants in particular: structural variants, variants in GC-rich regions, which have significantly improved coverage compared to whole-exome sequencing, and variants in non-coding regulatory regions...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035529/hereditary-retinal-dystrophy
#12
Thomas C Hohman
As our understanding of the genetic basis for inherited retinal disease has expanded, gene therapy has advanced into clinical development. When the gene mutations associated with inherited retinal dystrophies were identified, it became possible to create animal models in which individual gene were altered to match the human mutations. The retina of these animals were then characterized to assess whether the mutated genes produced retinal phenotypes characteristic of disease-affected patients. Following the identification of a subpopulation of patients with the affected gene and the development of techniques for the viral gene transduction of retinal cells, it has become possible to deliver a copy of the normal gene into the retinal sites of the mutated genes...
December 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027875/bipolar-cell-reduction-precedes-retinal-ganglion-neuron-loss-in-a-complex-1-knockout-mouse-model
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Lanying Song, Alfred Yu, Karl Murray, Gino Cortopassi
Inherited mitochondrial complex 1 deficiency causes Leber's hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) and retinal ganglion cell (RGC) degeneration, and optic neuropathies are common in many inherited mitochondrial diseases. How mitochondrial defects pathomechanistically trigger optic neuropathy remains unclear. We observe that complex 1 -deficient Ndufs4-/- mice present with acute vision loss around p30, and this vision loss is coincident with an 'inflammatory wave'. In order to understand what causes the inflammatory wave we explored retinal pathology that occurs from p20-p30...
December 24, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004814/olaparib-significantly-delays-photoreceptor-loss-in-a-model-for-hereditary-retinal-degeneration
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Ayse Sahaboglu, Melanie Barth, Enver Secer, Eva M Del Amo, Arto Urtti, Yvan Arsenijevic, Eberhart Zrenner, François Paquet-Durand
The enzyme poly-ADP-ribose-polymerase (PARP) mediates DNA-repair and rearrangements of the nuclear chromatin. Generally, PARP activity is thought to promote cell survival and in recent years a number of PARP inhibitors have been clinically developed for cancer treatment. Paradoxically, PARP activity is also connected to many diseases including the untreatable blinding disease Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), where PARP activity appears to drive the pathogenesis of photoreceptor loss. We tested the efficacy of three different PARP inhibitors to prevent photoreceptor loss in the rd1 mouse model for RP...
December 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964967/expression-and-signaling-of-ngf-in-the-healthy-and-injured-retina
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REVIEW
Tarcyane Barata Garcia, Margrit Hollborn, Andreas Bringmann
This review summarizes the present knowledge concerning the retinal localization of the nerve growth factor (NGF), its precursor proNGF, and the receptors TrkA and p75(NTR) in the developing and mature rodent retina. We further discuss the changes in the expression of NGF and the receptors in experimental models of retinal disorders and diseases like inherited retinitis pigmentosa, retinal detachment, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Since proNGF is now recognized as a bioactive signaling molecule which induces cell death through p75(NTR) activation, the role of proNGF in the induction of retinal cell loss under neurodegenerative conditions is also highlighted...
December 2, 2016: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940988/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, Christopher G May, Beatrice M Tam, 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 underway. 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...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928030/emerging-therapies-for-inherited-retinal-degeneration
#17
REVIEW
Hendrik P N Scholl, Rupert W Strauss, Mandeep S Singh, Deniz Dalkara, Botond Roska, Serge Picaud, José-Alain Sahel
Inherited retinal degenerative diseases, a genetically and phenotypically heterogeneous group of disorders, affect the function of photoreceptor cells and are among the leading causes of blindness. Recent advances in molecular genetics and cell biology are elucidating the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying these disorders and are helping to identify new therapeutic approaches, such as gene therapy, stem cell therapy, and optogenetics. Several of these approaches have entered the clinical phase of development...
December 7, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911706/using-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-understand-retinal-ciliopathy-disease-mechanisms-and-develop-therapies
#18
REVIEW
David A Parfitt, Amelia Lane, Conor Ramsden, Katarina Jovanovic, Peter J Coffey, Alison J Hardcastle, Michael E Cheetham
The photoreceptor cells in the retina have a highly specialised sensory cilium, the outer segment (OS), which is important for detecting light. Mutations in cilia-related genes often result in retinal degeneration. The ability to reprogramme human cells into induced pluripotent stem cells and then differentiate them into a wide range of different cell types has revolutionised our ability to study human disease. To date, however, the challenge of producing fully differentiated photoreceptors in vitro has limited the application of this technology in studying retinal degeneration...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911705/disease-mechanisms-of-x-linked-retinitis-pigmentosa-due-to-rp2-and-rpgr-mutations
#19
REVIEW
Rodanthi Lyraki, Roly Megaw, Toby Hurd
Photoreceptor degeneration is the prominent characteristic of retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a heterogeneous group of inherited retinal dystrophies resulting in blindness. Although abnormalities in many pathways can cause photoreceptor degeneration, one of the most important causes is defective protein transport through the connecting cilium, the structure that connects the biosynthetic inner segment with the photosensitive outer segment of the photoreceptors. The majority of patients with X-linked RP have mutations in the retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator (RPGR) or RP2 genes, the protein products of which are both components of the connecting cilium and associated with distinct mechanisms of protein delivery to the outer segment...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905547/in-silico-mapping-of-protein-unfolding-mutations-for-inherited-disease
#20
Caitlyn L McCafferty, Yuri V Sergeev
The effect of disease-causing missense mutations on protein folding is difficult to evaluate. To understand this relationship, we developed the unfolding mutation screen (UMS) for in silico evaluation of the severity of genetic perturbations at the atomic level of protein structure. The program takes into account the protein-unfolding curve and generates propensities using calculated free energy changes for every possible missense mutation at once. These results are presented in a series of unfolding heat maps and a colored protein 3D structure to show the residues critical to the protein folding and are available for quick reference...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
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