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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212859/docosahexaenoic-acid-phospholipid-differentially-modulates-the-conformation-of-g90v-and-n55k-rhodopsin-mutants-associated-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Xiaoyun Dong, María Guadalupe Herrera-Hernández, Eva Ramon, Pere Garriga
Rhodopsin is the visual photoreceptor of the retinal rod cells that mediates dim light vision and a prototypical member of the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. The structural stability and functional performance of rhodopsin are modulated by membrane lipids. Docosahexaenoic acid has been shown to interact with native rhodopsin but no direct evidence has been established on the effect of such lipid on the stability and regeneration of rhodopsin mutants associated with retinal diseases. The stability and regeneration of two thermosensitive mutants G90V and N55K, associated with the retinal degenerative disease retinitis pigmentosa, have been analyzed in docosohexaenoic phospholipid (1,2-didocosa-hexaenoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine; DDHA-PC) liposomes...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210186/bilateral-retinitis-pigmentosa-with-unilateral-choroidal-nevus-a-hitherto-unreported-association
#2
Rupak Roy, Kumar Saurabh, Debmalya Das, Preeti Sharma, Avirupa Ghose, Dhileesh P Chandrasekharan
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) has been reported to be associated with retinal hemangioma, retinal angiomatous proliferation, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy and vasoproliferative tumours. However there is no previous report of choroidal nevus in an eye with RP. We describe such a case in which the eye with RP had a choroidal nevus at the macula. The coexistence of these two entities in the same eye emphasizes the need of careful examination of patients with RP. The presence of choroidal nevus warrants additional investigations such as B scan ultrasonography and a close follow-up to pick up changes in the nevus size and morphology...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210098/mertk-gene-expression-and-photoreceptor-outer-segment-phagocytosis-by-cultured-rat-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Rong-Mei Peng, Jing Hong, Ying Jin, Yu-Zhao Sun, Yi-Qian Sun, Pei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) are multipotential stem cells that have been used for a broad spectrum of indications. Several investigations have used BM-MSCs to promote photoreceptor survival and suggested that BM-MSCs are a potential source of cell replacement therapy for some forms of retinal degeneration. PURPOSE: To investigate the expression of the MER proto-oncogene, tyrosine kinase (Mertk), involved in the disruption of RPE phagocytosis and the onset of autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa in rat BM-MSCs and to compare phagocytosis of the photoreceptor outer segment (POS) by BM-MSCs and RPE cells in vitro...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209709/pathogenic-mutations-in-retinitis-pigmentosa-2-predominantly-result-in-loss-of-rp2-protein-stability-in-human-and-zebrafish
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Fei Liu, Yayun Qin, Shanshan Yu, Dinesh C Soares, Lifang Yang, Jun Weng, Chang Li, Meng Gao, Zhaojing Lu, Xuebin Hu, Xiliang Liu, Tao Jiang, Jing Y Liu, Xinhua Shu, Zhaohui Tang, Mugen Liu
Mutations in retinitis pigmentosa 2 (RP2) account for 10-20% of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (RP) cases. The encoded RP2 protein is implicated in ciliary trafficking of myristoylated and prenylated proteins in photoreceptor cells. To date, over 70 mutations in RP2 have been identified. How these mutations disrupt the function of RP2 is not fully understood. Here, we report a novel in-frame 12-bp deletion (c.357_368del, p.Pro120_Gly123del) in zebrafish rp2 The mutant zebrafish shows reduced rod phototransduction proteins and progressive retinal degeneration...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203188/endoscope-assisted-and-controlled-argus-ii-epiretinal-prosthesis-implantation-in-late-stage-retinitis-pigmentosa-a-report-of-2-cases
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Emin Özmert, Sibel Demirel
Several different approaches for restoring sight in subjects who are blind due to outer retinal degeneration are currently under investigation, including stem cell therapy, gene therapy, and visual prostheses. Although many different types of visual prostheses have shown promise, to date, the Argus II Epiretinal Prosthesis System, developed in a clinical setting over the course of 10 years, is the world's first and only retinal prosthesis that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been given the CE-Mark for sale within the European Economic Area (EEA)...
September 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197196/construction-of-a-plasmid-for-human-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-its-effect-on-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cell-viability
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Bo-Jing Yan, Zhi-Zhong Wu, Wei-Hua Chong, Gen-Lin Li
Several studies have investigated the protective functions of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in retinitis pigmentosa. However, a BDNF-based therapy for retinitis pigmentosa is not yet available. To develop an efficient treatment for fundus disease, an eukaryotic expression plasmid was generated and used to transfect human 293T cells to assess the expression and bioactivity of BDNF on acute retinal pigment epithelial-19 (ARPE-19) cells, a human retinal epithelial cell line. After 96 hours of co-culture in a Transwell chamber, ARPE-19 cells exposed to BDNF secreted by 293T cells were more viable than ARPE-19 cells not exposed to secreted BDNF...
December 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192796/analysis-of-the-prpf31-gene-in-spanish-autosomal-dominant-retinitis-pigmentosa-patients-a-novel-genomic-rearrangement
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Inmaculada Martin-Merida, Rocio Sanchez-Alcudia, Patricia Fernandez-San Jose, Fiona Blanco-Kelly, Raquel Perez-Carro, Luciana Rodriguez-Jacy da Silva, Berta Almoguera, Blanca Garcia-Sandoval, Maria Isabel Lopez-Molina, Almudena Avila-Fernandez, Miguel Carballo, Marta Corton, Carmen Ayuso
Purpose: The aim was to determine the prevalence of PRPF31 mutations in a cohort of Spanish autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP) families to deepen knowledge of the pathogenic mechanisms underlying the disease and to assess genotype-phenotype correlations. Methods: A cohort of 211 adRP patients was screened for variants in PRPF31 by using a combined strategy comprising next-generation sequencing approaches and copy-number variation (CNV) analysis. Quantitative RT-PCR and CNV analysis of the regulatory MSR1 element were also performed to assess PRPF31 gene expression...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191500/insights-from-genetic-model-systems-of-retinal-degeneration-role-of-epsins-in-retinal-angiogenesis-and-vegfr2-signaling
#8
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/28191358/retinitis-pigmentosa-and-bilateral-idiopathic-demyelinating-optic-neuritis-in-a-6-year-old-boy-with-ofd1-gene-mutation
#9
Xun Wang, Cong Zheng, Wen Liu, Hui Yang
To identify the cause of a sudden binocular vision decrease in patients with retinitis pigmentosa and bilateral idiopathic demyelinating optic neuritis is difficult, but early diagnosis and treatment significantly improve the prognosis. Here, we report a 6-year-old boy with a progressive binocular vision decrease in 38 days. The patient had a history of night blindness, a mottled retina without pigmentation, extinguished electroretinographic response, tritanopia, and an absent ellipsoid zone outside the macula fovea by optical coherence tomography in both eyes...
2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186885/segmentation-of-locally-varying-numbers-of-outer-retinal-layers-by-a-model-selection-approach
#10
Jelena Novosel, Suzanne Yzer, Koenraad Vermeer, Lucas Van Vliet
Extraction of image-based biomarkers, such as the presence, visibility or thickness of a certain layer, from 3D optical coherence tomography data provides relevant clinical information. We present a method to simultaneously determine the number of visible layers in the outer retina and segment them. The method is based on a model selection approach with special attention given to the balance between the quality of a fit and model complexity. This will ensure that a more complex model is selected only if this is sufficiently supported by the data...
February 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186610/-progress-in-research-on-pathogenic-genes-and-gene-therapy-for-inherited-retinal-diseases
#11
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/28178068/features-of-the-macula-and-central-visual-field-and-fixation-pattern-in-patients-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
#13
Isil Sayman Muslubas, Murat Karacorlu, Serra Arf, Mumin Hocaoglu, Mehmet Giray Ersoz
PURPOSE: To evaluate macular features and fixation pattern in patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) compared with healthy controls, using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and MP-1 microperimetry. METHODS: Eighty-one eyes of 81 patients with RP and 90 eyes of 90 healthy subjects were assessed. The central foveal thickness, subfoveal choroidal thickness, ellipsoid zone length, and the mean retinal sensitivities and fixation characteristics were evaluated by spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and MP-1 microperimetry...
February 7, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167250/purification-and-characterization-of-human-dehydrodolychil-diphosphate-synthase-dhdds-overexpressed-in-e-coli
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Moshe Giladi, Ilan Edri, Michal Goldenberg, Hadas Newman, Roi Strulovich, Daniel Khananshvili, Yoni Haitin, Anat Loewenstein
Protein asparagine (N)-linked glycosylation is a post-translational modification that occurs in the endoplasmic reticulum; it plays an important role in protein folding, oligomerization, quality control, sorting, and transport. Accordingly, disorders of glycosylation may affect practically every organ system. Dehydrodolichyl diphosphate synthase (DHDDS) is an eukaryotic cis prenyltransferase (cis-PT) that catalyzes chain elongation of farnesyl diphosphate via multiple condensations with isopentenyl diphosphate to form dehydrodolichyl diphosphate, a precursor for the glycosyl carrier dolichylpyrophophate involved in N-linked glycosylation...
February 3, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161252/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-cyclic-imides-incorporating-benzenesulfonamide-moieties-as-carbonic-anhydrase-i-ii-iv-and-ix-inhibitors
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Alaa A-M Abdel-Aziz, Andrea Angeli, Adel S El-Azab, Mohamed A Abu El-Enin, Claudiu T Supuran
A group of cyclic imides was synthesized by reaction of amino-substituted benzenesulfonamides with a series of acid anhydrides such as succinic, maleic, tetrahydrophthalic, pyrazine-2,3-dicarboxylic acid anhydride, and substituted phthalic anhydrides. The synthesized sulfonamides were evaluated as carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4.2.1.1) inhibitors against the human (h) isoforms hCA I, II, IV and IX, involved in a variety of diseases among which glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, etc. Some of these sulfonamides showed effective inhibitory action (in the nanomolar range) against the cytosolic isoform hCA II and the transmembrane, tumor-associated one hCA IX, making them interesting candidates for preclinical evaluation in glaucoma or various tumors in which the two enzymes are involved...
January 24, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157192/unravelling-the-genetic-basis-of-simplex-retinitis-pigmentosa-cases
#16
Nereida Bravo-Gil, María González-Del Pozo, Marta Martín-Sánchez, Cristina Méndez-Vidal, Enrique Rodríguez-de la Rúa, Salud Borrego, Guillermo Antiñolo
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is the most common form of inherited retinal dystrophy (IRD) characterized ultimately by photoreceptors degeneration. Exhibiting great clinical and genetic heterogeneity, RP can be inherited as an autosomal dominant (ad), autosomal recessive (ar) and X-linked (xl) disorder. Although the relative prevalence of each form varies somewhat between populations, a major proportion (41% in Spain) of patients represent simplex cases (sRP) in which the mode of inheritance is unknown. Molecular genetic diagnostic is crucial, but also challenging, for sRP patients because any of the 81 RP genes identified to date may be causative...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155848/optimal-voltage-stimulation-parameters-for-network-mediated-responses-in-wild-type-and-rd10-mouse-retinal-ganglion-cells
#17
Archana Jalligampala, Sudarshan Sekhar, Eberhart Zrenner, Daniel L Rathbun
To further improve the quality of visual percepts elicited by microelectronic retinal prosthetics, substantial efforts have been made to understand how retinal neurons respond to electrical stimulation. It is generally assumed that a sufficiently strong stimulus will recruit most retinal neurons. However, recent evidence has shown that the responses of some retinal neurons decrease with excessively strong stimuli (a non-monotonic response function). Therefore, it is necessary to identify stimuli that can be used to activate the majority of retinal neurons even when such non-monotonic cells are part of the neuronal population...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153808/bestrophin-1-and-retinal-disease
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Adiv A Johnson, Karina E Guziewicz, C Justin Lee, Ravi C Kalathur, Jose S Pulido, Lihua Y Marmorstein, Alan D Marmorstein
Mutations in the gene BEST1 are causally associated with as many as five clinically distinct retinal degenerative diseases, which are collectively referred to as the "bestrophinopathies". These five associated diseases are: Best vitelliform macular dystrophy, autosomal recessive bestrophinopathy, adult-onset vitelliform macular dystrophy, autosomal dominant vitreoretinochoroidopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. The most common of these is Best vitelliform macular dystrophy. Bestrophin 1 (Best1), the protein encoded by the gene BEST1, has been the subject of a great deal of research since it was first identified nearly two decades ago...
January 30, 2017: Progress in Retinal and Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143435/genetic-characterization-of-italian-patients-with-bardet-biedl-syndrome-and-correlation-to-ocular-renal-and-audio-vestibular-phenotype-identification-of-eleven-novel-pathogenic-sequence-variants
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Gabriella Esposito, Francesco Testa, Miriam Zacchia, Anna Alessia Crispo, Valentina Di Iorio, Giovanna Capolongo, Luca Rinaldi, Marcella D'Antonio, Tiziana Fioretti, Pasquale Iadicicco, Settimio Rossi, Annamaria Franzè, Elio Marciano, Giovanbattista Capasso, Francesca Simonelli, Francesco Salvatore
BACKGROUND: Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a rare genetic disorder that features retinal degeneration, obesity, polydactyly, learning disabilities and renal abnormalities. The diagnosis is often missed at birth, the median age at diagnosis being 9 years. In the attempt to shed light on BBS and improve its diagnosis and treatment, we evaluated the genotype-phenotype relationship in patients with a molecular diagnosis of BBS. METHODS: We analyzed three common BBS genes, BBS1, BBS10 and BBS2, in 25 Italian patients fulfilling the clinical criteria of BBS...
February 1, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130043/prevalence-age-at-diagnosis-mortality-and-cause-of-death-in-retinitis-pigmentosa-in-korea-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Kun-Hoo Na, Hyun Jung Kim, Kyoung Hoon Kim, Seungjin Han, Patrick Kim, Hoo Jae Hann, Hyeong Sik Ahn
PURPOSE: To determine the prevalence and mortality of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) patients in Korea. DESIGN: Population-based retrospective cohort study METHODS: We used data covering the 2011-2014 period from the Rare Intractable Disease (RID) registry and Health Insurance Review Agency (HIRA), which include information on all patients diagnosed with RP based on predefined diagnostic criteria. Using the HIRA-RID database, the prevalence and age at diagnosis of RP patients across the entire Korean population were evaluated...
January 24, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
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