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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535270/intrinsically-photosensitive-retinal-ganglion-cell-function-sleep-efficiency-and-depression-in-advanced-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Michelle L Maynard, Andrew J Zele, Anthony S Kwan, Beatrix Feigl
Purpose: Melanopsin expressing intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGC) input to multiple brain regions including those for pupil control, circadian rhythms, sleep and mood regulation. Here we measured ipRGC function and its relationship to sleep quality and depression in patients with advanced AMD. Methods: The melanopsin-mediated post-illumination pupil response (PIPR) was measured in 53 patients with advanced AMD (age 78.8 ± 8.8 years) and in 20 healthy controls (age 72...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534762/aiding-the-eye-watching-the-brain-james-weiland-ieee-fellow-explores-the-unique-challenges-of-retinal-prostheses
#2
Kristina Grifantini
The retina is a sophisticated neural network that provides humans with high-resolution vision. And for those who suffer from retinal disease or deterioration, particularly age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness among people over the age of 50 in the United States), a better understanding of how to stimulate the retina or completely override its path to the area of the brain that processes vision may offer hope to restore sight.
May 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534244/proposal-of-a-simple-optical-coherence-tomography-based-scoring-system-for-progression-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
#3
Jianqin Lei, Siva Balasubramanian, Nizar Saleh Abdelfattah, Muneeswar G Nittala, SriniVas R Sadda
PURPOSE: To develop a simple, clinically practical, optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based scoring system for early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to prognosticate risk for progression to late AMD. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed OCT images (512 × 128 macular cube, Cirrus) from 138 patients diagnosed of early AMD in at least one eye and follow-up of at least 12 months. For patients with early AMD in both eyes, only the right eye was chosen as the study eye for longitudinal assessment...
May 22, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533443/fhr-1-binds-to-c-reactive-protein-and-enhances-rather-than-inhibits-complement-activation
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Ádám I Csincsi, Zsóka Szabó, Zsófia Bánlaki, Barbara Uzonyi, Marcell Cserhalmi, Éva Kárpáti, Agustín Tortajada, Joseph J E Caesar, Zoltán Prohászka, T Sakari Jokiranta, Susan M Lea, Santiago Rodríguez de Córdoba, Mihály Józsi
Factor H-related protein (FHR) 1 is one of the five human FHRs that share sequence and structural homology with the alternative pathway complement inhibitor FH. Genetic studies on disease associations and functional analyses indicate that FHR-1 enhances complement activation by competitive inhibition of FH binding to some surfaces and immune proteins. We have recently shown that FHR-1 binds to pentraxin 3. In this study, our aim was to investigate whether FHR-1 binds to another pentraxin, C-reactive protein (CRP), analyze the functional relevance of this interaction, and study the role of FHR-1 in complement activation and regulation...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532361/electrical-stimulation-of-the-retina-to-produce-artificial-vision
#5
James D Weiland, Steven T Walston, Mark S Humayun
Retinal prostheses aim to restore vision to blind individuals suffering from retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. These devices function by electrically stimulating surviving retinal neurons, whose activation is interpreted by the brain as a visual percept. Many prostheses are currently under development. They are categorized as epiretinal, subretinal, and suprachoroidal prostheses on the basis of the placement of the stimulating microelectrode array. Each can activate ganglion cells through direct or indirect stimulation...
October 14, 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532207/tutorial-on-biostatistics-statistical-analysis-for-correlated-binary-eye-data
#6
Gui-Shuang Ying, Maureen G Maguire, Robert Glynn, Bernard Rosner
PURPOSE: To describe and demonstrate methods for analyzing correlated binary eye data. METHODS: We describe non-model based (McNemar's test, Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test) and model-based methods (generalized linear mixed effects model, marginal model) for analyses involving both eyes. These methods were applied to: (1) CAPT (Complications of Age-related Macular Degeneration Prevention Trial) where one eye was treated and the other observed (paired design); (2) ETROP (Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity) where bilaterally affected infants had one eye treated conventionally and the other treated early and unilaterally affected infants had treatment assigned randomly; and (3) AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) where treatment was systemic and outcome was eye-specific (both eyes in the same treatment group)...
May 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532114/hypocrellin-b-and-nano-silver-loaded-polymeric-nanoparticles-enhanced-generation-of-singlet-oxygen-for-improved-photodynamic-therapy
#7
Subramanian Natesan, Venkateshwaran Krishnaswami, Chandrasekar Ponnusamy, Madi Madiyalakan, Thomas Woo, Rajaguru Palanisamy
A nanoparticulate photodynamic approach was employed with an objective to achieve enhanced production of singlet oxygen ((1)O2), for the management of posterior segment eye diseases like age related macular degeneration. The hypocrellin B (HB) loaded poly lactide-co-glycolide nanoparticle formulations were incorporated with nano silver (HBS-NPs). The optimized HBS-NPs contained 2.60±0.06mg/mL of HB and showed (i) 135.6 to 828.2nm size range, and (ii) negative zeta potential with a narrow polydispersity index...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529701/recent-advances-in-the-management-of-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-review
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REVIEW
Francesco Bandello, Riccardo Sacconi, Lea Querques, Eleonora Corbelli, Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Giuseppe Querques
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most important cause of vision loss in elderly people, is a degenerative disorder of the central retina with a multifactorial etiopathology. AMD is classified in dry AMD (d-AMD) or neovascular AMD depending on the presence of choroidal neovascularization. Currently, no therapy is approved for geographic atrophy, the late form of d-AMD, because no treatment can restore the damage of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) or photoreceptors. For this reason, all treatment approaches in d-AMD are only likely to prevent and slow down the progression of existing atrophy...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529319/therapeutic-targeting-of-the-angiopoietin-tie-pathway
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REVIEW
Pipsa Saharinen, Lauri Eklund, Kari Alitalo
The endothelial angiopoietin (ANG)-TIE growth factor receptor pathway regulates vascular permeability and pathological vascular remodelling during inflammation, tumour angiogenesis and metastasis. Drugs that target the ANG-TIE pathway are in clinical development for oncological and ophthalmological applications. The aim is to complement current vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-based anti-angiogenic therapies in cancer, wet age-related macular degeneration and macular oedema. The unique function of the ANG-TIE pathway in vascular stabilization also renders this pathway an attractive target in sepsis, organ transplantation, atherosclerosis and vascular complications of diabetes...
May 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527480/safety-and-effectiveness-of-cataract-surgery-with-simultaneous-intravitreal-anti-vegf-in-patients-with-previously-treated-exudative-age-related-macular-degeneration
#10
Manuel Sousa Falcão, Paulo Freitas-Costa, João Nuno Beato, João Pinheiro-Costa, Amândio Rocha-Sousa, Ângela Carneiro, Elisete Maria Brandão, Fernando Falcão-Reis
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the safety and impact on visual acuity, retinal and choroidal morphology of simultaneous cataract surgery and intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor on patients with visually significant cataracts and previously treated exudative age-related macular degeneration. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective study, which included 21 eyes of 20 patients with exudative age-related macular degeneration submitted to simultaneous phacoemulsification and intravitreal ranibizumab or bevacizumab...
February 27, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527039/erratum-to-high-frequency-aflibercept-injections-in-persistent-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#11
Ilkay Kilic Muftuoglu, Frank F Tsai, Raouf Gaber, Mostafa Alam, Amit Meshi, William R Freeman
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May 19, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526489/intravitreous-injection-of-aav2-sflt01-in-patients-with-advanced-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-phase-1-open-label-trial
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Jeffrey S Heier, Saleema Kherani, Shilpa Desai, Pravin Dugel, Shalesh Kaushal, Seng H Cheng, Cheryl Delacono, Annie Purvis, Susan Richards, Annaig Le-Halpere, John Connelly, Samuel C Wadsworth, Rafael Varona, Ronald Buggage, Abraham Scaria, Peter A Campochiaro
BACKGROUND: Long-term intraocular injections of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-neutralising proteins can preserve central vision in many patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. We tested the safety and tolerability of a single intravitreous injection of an AAV2 vector expressing the VEGF-neutralising protein sFLT01 in patients with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: This was a phase 1, open-label, dose-escalating study done at four outpatient retina clinics in the USA...
May 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525563/omics-biomarkers-in-ophthalmology
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Susette Lauwen, Eiko K de Jong, Dirk J Lefeber, Anneke I den Hollander
"Omics" refers to high-throughput analyses of genes, proteins, or metabolites in a biological system, and is increasingly used for ophthalmic research. These system-based approaches can unravel disease-related processes and are valuable for biomarker discovery. Furthermore, potential therapeutic targets can be identified based on omics results, and targeted follow-up experiments can be designed to gain molecular understanding of the disease and to test new therapies. Here, we review the application of omics techniques in eye diseases, focusing on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), retinal detachment (RD), myopia, glaucoma, Fuchs' corneal dystrophy (FCD), cataract, keratoconus, and dry eyes...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524928/properties-of-visual-field-defects-around-the-monocular-preferred-retinal-locus-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#14
Jonathan Denniss, Helen C Baggaley, Graham M Brown, Gary S Rubin, Andrew T Astle
Purpose: To compare microperimetric sensitivity around the monocular preferred retinal locus (mPRL) in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to normative data, and to describe the characteristics of visual field defects around the mPRL in AMD. Methods: Participants with AMD (total n = 185) were either prospectively recruited (n = 135) or retrospectively reviewed from an existing database (n = 50). Participants underwent microperimetry using a test pattern (37 point, 5° radius) centered on their mPRL...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524715/prevalence-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-slovakia-and-associated-risk-factors-a-mobile-clinic-based-cross-sectional-epidemiological-survey
#15
Vladimir Krasnik, Jana Stefanickova, Ivajlo Popov, Jela Valaskova, Sandeep Saxena, Peter Kruzliak
PURPOSE: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the elderly population. Although there are prevalence studies for AMD in Europe, data are scarce for the Slovakian population. METHODS: This was a prospective, multicenter, non-interventional, mobile clinic-based cross-sectional study that assessed age-specific prevalence of AMD in the Slovakian population and risk factors associated with AMD. The type of AMD was graded based on the international age-related maculopathy grading system; optical coherence tomography (OCT) was used for the differential diagnosis...
May 19, 2017: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524152/-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#16
I N Dyakov, S K Zyryanov
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in older patients. An important role in angiogenesis is played by regulatory mechanisms (an increase in the number of proliferating endothelial and stromal cells and morphological alterations in the vascular network) induced by factors from the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family. Since 2006, the key treatment of neovascular AMD includes agents that inhibit the activity of VEGF. This review covers the effectiveness and safety of the use of anti-VEGF agents in neovascular AMD patients...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522341/systemic-and-ocular-fluid-compounds-as-potential-biomarkers-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#17
REVIEW
Eveline Kersten, Constantin C Paun, Rosa L Schellevis, Carel B Hoyng, Cécile Delcourt, Imre Lengyel, Tunde Peto, Marius Ueffing, Caroline C W Klaver, Sascha Dammeier, Anneke I den Hollander, Eiko K de Jong
Biomarkers can help unravel mechanisms of disease and identify new targets for therapy. They can also be useful in clinical practice for monitoring disease progression, evaluation of treatment efficacy and risk assessment in multifactorial diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a highly prevalent progressive retinal disorder for which multiple genetic and environmental risk factors have been described, but the exact etiology is not yet fully understood. Many compounds have been evaluated for their association with AMD...
May 15, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520639/wrinkled-vascularized-retinal-pigment-epithelium-detachment-prognosis-after-intravitreal-anti-vegf-therapy
#18
Delphine Lam, Oudy Semoun, Rocio Blanco-Garavito, Camille Jung, Diem T Nguyen, Eric H Souied, Gerard Mimoun
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) is frequently associated with vascularized pigment epithelial detachment (v-PED). We observed a peculiar characteristic of v-PED characterized by small lacy folds of the retinal pigment epithelium, appearing as a wrinkled PED (w-PED) on spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Our purpose was to describe the visual prognosis and number of intravitreal injections in w-PED compared with non-w-PED. METHODS: In this retrospective, case-control series, we reviewed retrospectively medical records of 52 eyes of 51 patients who were consecutively included between November 1 and 30, 2015 with a previous minimum 3-year follow-up...
May 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520627/posterior-scleral-melanocytosis-a-novel-fundus-finding-masquerading-as-a-choroidal-nevus
#19
Rosa Dolz-Marco, Dov B Sebrow, K Bailey Freund
PURPOSE: To report a case of "posterior scleral melanocytosis," a pigmented lesion of the posterior sclera that clinically resembles a flat choroidal nevus. METHODS: Case report of a patient with posterior scleral melanocytosis. Multimodal imaging, including swept source optical coherence tomography, was used to demonstrate the scleral location of the pigmented lesion and to distinguish its features from a typical choroidal nevus present in the same eye. RESULTS: An 86-year-old woman was seen for regular follow-up for neovascular age-related macular degeneration in her right eye and 2 pigmented lesions in her left eye, both presumed to be choroidal nevi...
May 16, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516910/genetic-architecture-of-epigenetic-and-neuronal-ageing-rates-in-human-brain-regions
#20
Ake T Lu, Eilis Hannon, Morgan E Levine, Eileen M Crimmins, Katie Lunnon, Jonathan Mill, Daniel H Geschwind, Steve Horvath
Identifying genes regulating the pace of epigenetic ageing represents a new frontier in genome-wide association studies (GWASs). Here using 1,796 brain samples from 1,163 individuals, we carry out a GWAS of two DNA methylation-based biomarkers of brain age: the epigenetic ageing rate and estimated proportion of neurons. Locus 17q11.2 is significantly associated (P=4.5 × 10(-9)) with the ageing rate across five brain regions and harbours a cis-expression quantitative trait locus for EFCAB5 (P=3.4 × 10(-20))...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
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