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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634267/30-years-of-the-mineralocorticoid-receptor-the-role-of-the-mineralocorticoid-receptor-in-the-vasculature
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REVIEW
Jennifer J DuPont, Iris Z Jaffe
Since the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) was cloned 30 years ago, it has become clear that MR is expressed in extra-renal tissues, including the cardiovascular system, where it is expressed in all cells of the vasculature. Understanding the role of MR in the vasculature has been of particular interest as clinical trials show that MR antagonism improves cardiovascular outcomes out of proportion to changes in blood pressure. The last 30 years of research have demonstrated that MR is a functional hormone-activated transcription factor in vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells...
July 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632880/the-urokinase-receptor-derived-peptide-uparant-recovers-dysfunctional-electroretinogram-and-blood-retinal-barrier-leakage-in-a-rat-model-of-diabetes
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Maurizio Cammalleri, Filippo Locri, Stefania Marsili, Massimo Dal Monte, Claudio Pisano, Angelo Mancinelli, Liliana Lista, Dario Rusciano, Mario De Rosa, Vincenzo Pavone, Paola Bagnoli
Purpose: The activation of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator and its receptor system is associated with retinal diseases. Among peptide inhibitors of this system, UPARANT acts by preventing the onset of pathologic signs of neovascular ocular diseases. We investigated whether systemic UPARANT may act in a therapeutic regimen by suppressing the retinal damage that characterizes diabetic retinopathy using a rat model of streptozotocin-induced diabetes. Methods: In healthy rats, plasma, eye, and retina concentrations of UPARANT were evaluated by mass spectrometry...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630765/enhanced-depth-imaging-optical-coherence-tomography-a-new-way-measuring-choroidal-thickness-in-pregnant-women
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REVIEW
Jun Zhang, Huiyun Wang, Qiubo Yu, Qihu Tong, Qinkang Lu
The body changes markedly during pregnancy; each system behaves differently from a nonpregnant state. As the eyes are the only windows to see directly what is going on in the internal environment, more and more researches have been done to explain the association between ocular changes and the physiological and pathological changes during pregnancy. The choroid is one of the critical parts of the eye, providing nutrition. And abnormal choroid may result in ocular dysfunction and visual problems. As the optical coherence tomography develops, a rapid, direct, noninvasive, and nontoxic way is available to obtain the choroid situation of pregnant women, which may explain the mechanism of pregnancy-related eye diseases...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629927/quick-freeze-deep-etch-electron-microscopy-visualization-of-the-mouse-posterior-pole
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Ebraheim N Ismail, Jeffrey W Ruberti, Goldis Malek
The mouse is one of the most commonly used mammalian systems to study human diseases. In particular it has been an invaluable tool to model a multitude of ocular pathologies affecting the posterior pole. The aim of this study was to create a comprehensive map of the ultrastructure of the mouse posterior pole using the quick-freeze/deep-etch method (QFDE). QFDE can produce detailed three-dimensional images of tissue structure and macromolecular moieties, without many of the artifacts introduced by structure-altering post-processing methods necessary to perform conventional transmission electron microscopy (cTEM)...
June 16, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629694/interleukin-6-participation-in-pathology-of-ocular-diseases
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REVIEW
Forouhe Zahir-Jouzdani, Fatemeh Atyabi, Nazanin Mojtabavi
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a multifunctional cytokine that affects a variety of cells in the body such as osteoclasts, hepatocytes, endothelial cells, epithelial cells, white and red blood cells and etc. Elevated levels of IL-6 have been detected in many ocular diseases. Studies show that IL-6 has a major role in the pathology of glaucoma, CRVO, macular edema, ocular neovascularization, posterior capsule opacity formation, keratitis, dry eye disease, allergic eye disease, ocular autoimmune disease, corneal chemical burn, ocular inflammation and so on...
June 10, 2017: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628928/-accurate-oct-angiography-interpretation-detection-and-exclusion-of-artifacts
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Gabriele E Lang, Christian Enders, Max Loidl, Gerhard K Lang, Jens Ulrich Werner
Background Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) provides, non-invasively, a three-dimensional visualization of the microvasculature of the retina and choroid. However, image artifacts may occur in OCTA and have an impact on clinical interpretation. The aim of this article is to describe image artifacts of OCTA and to present a nomenclature. Methods OCTA examinations were performed with the AngioPlex(™) OCTA-technology in combination with the CIRRUS HD-OCT 5000 (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., Dublin, USA) as well as with the PlexElite 9000 (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc...
June 19, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626601/long-term-efficacy-of-gmp-grade-xeno-free-hesc-derived-rpe-cells-following-transplantation
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Trevor J McGill, Osnat Bohana-Kashtan, Jonathan W Stoddard, Michael D Andrews, Neelay Pandit, Lior R Rosenberg-Belmaker, Ofer Wiser, Limor Matzrafi, Eyal Banin, Benjamin Reubinoff, Nir Netzer, Charles Irving
PURPOSE: Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) dysfunction underlies the retinal degenerative process in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and thus RPE cell replacement provides an optimal treatment target. We characterized longitudinally the efficacy of RPE cells derived under xeno-free conditions from clinical and xeno-free grade human embryonic stem cells (OpRegen) following transplantation into the subretinal space of Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rats. METHODS: Postnatal (P) day 20 to 25 RCS rats (n = 242) received a single subretinal injection of 25,000 (low)-, 100,000 (mid)-, or 200,000 (high)-dose xeno-free RPE cells...
June 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623239/-ccug-n-rna-toxicity-in-a-drosophila-model-for-myotonic-dystrophy-type-2-dm2-activates-apoptosis
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Vildan Betul Yenigun, Mario Sirito, Alla Amcheslavky, Tomek Czernuszewicz, Jordi Colonques-Bellmunt, Irma García-Alcover, Marzena Wojciechowska, Clare Bolduc, Zhihong Chen, Arturo López Castel, Ralf Krahe, Andreas Bergmann
The myotonic dystrophies are prototypic toxic RNA gain-of-function diseases. Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2) are caused by different unstable, noncoding microsatellite repeat expansions -- (CTG)DM1 in DMPK and (CCTG)DM2 in CNBP Although transcription of mutant repeats into (CUG)DM1 or (CCUG)DM2 appears to be necessary and sufficient to cause disease, their pathomechanisms remain incompletely understood. To study the mechanisms of (CCUG)DM2 toxicity and develop a convenient model for drug screening, we generated a transgenic DM2 model in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster with (CCUG)n repeats of variable length (n=16 and 106)...
June 16, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622910/the-link-between-morphology-and-complement-in-ocular-disease
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Camilla Mohlin, Kerstin Sandholm, Kristina N Ekdahl, Bo Nilsson
The complement system is a vital component of the immune-priveliged human eye that is always active at a low-grade level, preventing harmful intraocular injuries caused by accumulation of turnover products and controlling pathogens to preserve eye homeostasis and vision. The complement system is a double-edged sword that is essential for protection but may also become harmful and contribute to eye pathology. Here, we review the evidence for the involvement of complement system dysregulation in age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, uveitis, and neuromyelitis optica, highlighting the relationship between morphogical changes and complement system protein expression and regulation in these diseases...
June 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622488/dizziness-unsteadiness-visual-disturbances-and-sensorimotor-control-in-traumatic-neck-pain
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Julia Treleaven
Synopsis There is considerable evidence to support the importance of cervical afferent dysfunction in the development of dizziness, unsteadiness, visual disturbances and altered balance, eye, and head movement control following neck trauma, especially in those with persistent symptoms. However, there are other possible causes for these symptoms and secondary adaptive changes should also be considered in the process of differential diagnosis. Understanding the nature of these symptoms and the differential diagnosis of their potential origin is important for rehabilitation...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620965/determination-of-retinal-surface-area
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Manbir Nagra, Bernard Gilmartin, Ngoc Jade Thai, Nicola S Logan
Previous attempts at determining retinal surface area and surface area of the whole eye have been based upon mathematical calculations derived from retinal photographs, schematic eyes and retinal biopsies of donor eyes. 3-dimensional (3-D) ocular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows a more direct measurement, it can be used to image the eye in vivo, and there is no risk of tissue shrinkage. The primary purpose of this study is to compare, using T2-weighted 3D MRI, retinal surface areas for superior-temporal (ST), inferior-temporal (IT), superior-nasal (SN) and inferior-nasal (IN) retinal quadrants...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620707/treatment-of-patients-with-neurotrophic-keratitis-stages-2-and-3-with-plasma-rich-in-growth-factors-prgf-endoret-eye-drops
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Ronald Mauricio Sanchez-Avila, Jesus Merayo-Lloves, Ana Cristina Riestra, Luis Fernandez-Vega Cueto, Eduardo Anitua, Leire Begoña, Francisco Muruzabal, Gorka Orive
PURPOSE: To provide preliminary data about efficacy and safety of plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF) eye-drops in neurotrophic keratitis (NK) and to analyze the possible influence of certain variables on treatment outcomes. METHODS: This retrospective study included patients with stages 2-3 of NK treated with PRGF eye-drops. Primary endpoint was the resolution time of corneal ulcer defect. Outcome measures including percentage of ulcer closure at 4 weeks, Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI), Best-Corrected Visual Acuity (BCVA) and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) were also evaluated before and after treatment with PRGF...
June 15, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615013/short-term-poor-glycemic-control-and-retinal-microvascular-changes-in-pediatric-type-1-diabetes-patients-in-singapore-a-pilot-study
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Ling-Jun Li, Ecosse Lamoureux, Tien Yin Wong, Ngee Lek
BACKGROUND: Poor glycemic control in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) patients is strongly associated with an increased risk of diabetes-related microvascular complications later in life, but it is unclear whether short period of poor glycemic control in children with T1D can cause evident microvascular morphological changes long before any pathological manifestation. Our study aimed to investigate the longitudinal association between poor glycemic control and subsequent changes in retinal microvasculature, in a pilot study of 55 pediatric T1D patients from Singapore after a one-year follow-up...
June 15, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614955/systemic-effects-after-intravitreal-injection-of-bevacizumab-in-new-born-rabbit-eyes
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Yih-Shiou Hwang, Chi-Hsien Liu, Yin-Cheng Huang, Chih-Shan Chen, Tun-Lu Chen, Nan-Kai Wang, Yen-Po Chen, Kwan-Jen Chen, Chi-Chun Lai, Wei-Chi Wu
PURPOSE: To determine the systemic impact of intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB), an anti-vascular endothelium growth factor antibody, after injection into newborn rabbit eyes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used four groups of rabbits. Group 1 rabbits received a single injection of IVB starting from the age of 6 weeks. Group 2 rabbits received a single injection of balanced salt solution (BSS, 0.025 ml) and served as controls for group 1. Group 3 rabbits received 2 consecutive injections of IVB at the ages of 6 weeks and 10 weeks...
June 14, 2017: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614220/rituximab-was-used-to-treat-recurrent-igg4-related-hypophysitis-with-ophthalmopathy-as-the-initial-presentation-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Wei-Jun Gu, Qian Zhang, Jian Zhu, Jie Li, Shi-Hui Wei, Yi-Ming Mu
RATIONALE: Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-related hypophysitis is a type of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), which is characterized by plasma cells infiltration in the pituitary causing functional changes and (or) space-occupying effect in the pituitary. IgG4-related hypophysitis is sensitive to hormone therapy in most patients, but recurrence is very likely. PATIENT CONCERNS: Here, we report a 57-year-old male patient with bilateral eye redness as the initial presentation...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613221/clinicopathologic-correlation-of-retinal-angiomatous-proliferation-treated-with-ranibizumab
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Alison H Skalet, Audra K Miller, Michael L Klein, Andreas K Lauer, David J Wilson
PURPOSE: To describe histopathologic features of an eye with retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP) secondary to age-related macular degeneration treated with serial ranibizumab injections and to correlate these findings with spectral domain optical coherence tomography. METHODS: Histopathologic features from serial sections through the globe of a 93-year-old man with age-related macular degeneration were studied and compared with spectral domain optical coherence tomography images obtained 7 weeks before his death...
April 26, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613219/repeatability-of-automated-vessel-density-and-superficial-and-deep-foveal-avascular-zone-area-measurements-using-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-diurnal-findings
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Özge Yanik Odabaş, Sibel Demirel, Emin Özmert, Figen Batıoğlu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the repeatability of vessel density and superficial and deep foveal avascular zone measurements using optical coherence tomography angiography, and to specify a diurnal change range. METHODS: Forty-six eyes of 25 healthy individuals were included. Optical coherence tomography angiography measurements were planned for three consecutive sessions, with 3 hours in between them. AngioVue software of the RTVue XR Avanti was used. Superficial and deep retinal layer vessel density values, including the whole retina, fovea, and each parafoveal zone, were obtained from the software...
May 2, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613217/macular-edema-after-cataract-surgery-in-eyes-with-preoperative-retinal-vein-occlusion
#18
Han Joo Cho, Hyun Ji Hwang, Hyoung Seok Kim, Dong Won Lee, Chul Gu Kim, Byoung Yeop Kim, Jong Woo Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate the incidence of pseudophakic macular edema (PME) in eyes with a history of retinal vein occlusion before cataract surgery and to identify any associated risk factors. METHODS: The records of 21,332 eyes that underwent cataract surgery were retrospectively reviewed. Eyes that had retinal vein occlusion preoperatively with no evidence of macular pathology on optical coherence tomography at the time of surgery and no macular edema treatment at least 6 months before surgery were included...
May 2, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611643/uncommon-presentation-of-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-in-a-patient-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-case-report
#19
Anas Mohammad Albarrak, Suleiman Kojan
INTRODUCTION: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a rare condition characterized by increased intracranial pressure without clinical, laboratory, or radiological evidence of intracranial pathology. Early management could prevent irreversible outcomes. CASE PRESENTATION: A 17-year-old single Arabian female of Arab origin presented with a 2-day complaint of horizontal diplopia and transient visual obscurations. She denied any history of headache or decreased vision...
January 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604979/femtosecond-laser-assisted-cataract-in-vitreoretinal-surgery
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Stanislao Rizzo, Daniela Bacherini, Francesco Faraldi, Marco Pellegrini, Cesare Mariotti
PURPOSE: To assess the safety and surgical results of femtosecond laser-assisted phacovitrectomy. METHODS: Fifteen patients over 50 years of age with coexisting vitreoretinal pathologies and cataract underwent combined femtosecond laser-assisted cataract extraction and sutureless 25-G and 27-G vitreoretinal surgery. RESULTS: The indication for surgery was macular hole in 6 patients, epiretinal membrane in 6, vitreous hemorrhage in 2, and retinal detachment in 1...
June 2, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
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