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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335461/design-and-validation-of-a-low-cost-portable-device-to-quantify-postural-stability
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Yong Zhu
Measurement of the displacement of the center-of-pressure (COP) is an important tool used in biomechanics to assess postural stability and human balance. The goal of this research was to design and validate a low-cost portable device that can offer a quick indication of the state of postural stability and human balance related conditions. Approximate entropy (ApEn) values reflecting the amount of irregularity hiding in COP oscillations were used to calculate the index. The prototype adopted a portable design using the measurements of the load cells located at the four corners of a low-cost force platform...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334846/dapl1-a-susceptibility-locus-for-age-related-macular-degeneration-acts-as-a-novel-suppressor-of-cell-proliferation-in-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Xiaoyin Ma, Huirong Li, Yipin Wang, Jing Wang, Qinxiang Zheng, Jiajia Hua, Juan Yang, Li Pan, Fan Lu, Jia Qu, Ling Hou
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) forms a monolayer at the back of the vertebrate eye and is fundamental to retinal function and homoeostasis. During early development, RPE cells undergo rapid proliferation, but in the adult, they remain normally nonproliferative throughout life. Nevertheless, under pathological conditions such as in proliferative vitreoretinopathy or after retinal ablation, mature RPE cells can re-enter the cell cycle and form nodules or multiple cell layers. Here we show that Dapl1, whose human homolog represents a susceptibility locus for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is highly up-regulated in quiescent but not proliferating RPE cells and that experimental overexpression of DAPL1 in proliferating RPE cells inhibits their proliferation...
February 22, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329117/muscle-activity-during-sleep-in-human-subjects-rats-and-mice-towards-translational-models-of-rem-sleep-without-atonia
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Alessandro Silvani, Raffaele Ferri, Viviana Lo Martire, Stefano Bastianini, Chiara Berteotti, Agnese Salvadè, Giuseppe Plazzi, Marco Zucconi, Luigi Ferini-Strambi, Claudio L Bassetti, Mauro Manconi, Giovanna Zoccoli
Study Objectives: rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep without atonia (RSWA) is a marker of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and is common in narcolepsy. Available techniques for electromyogram (EMG) analysis are species-specific, limiting translational research on RSWA. We developed an automated technique based on distributions of normalized EMG values (DNE) to overcome this limitation. With DNE, we tested whether the control of neck and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles during sleep in wild-type rats and mice validly models the control of submentalis (chin) and TA muscles in healthy humans...
February 22, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326192/differences-in-surgical-management-of-corneal-perforations-measured-over-six-years
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Katarzyna Krysik, Dariusz Dobrowolski, Anita Lyssek-Boron, Judyta Jankowska-Szmul, Edward A Wylegala
Purpose. To report the surgical approach, anatomical and functional results, and complications in the group of patients with corneal perforation. Materials and Methods. 247 eyes with corneal perforation were operated on between January 2010 and July 2016. The three surgical procedures, dependent on size and location of perforation, were performed: full-sized penetrating keratoplasty, corneoscleral patch graft, and anterior lamellar keratoplasty. The eyes underwent the minimum 6-month follow-up visit. Results...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325294/therapeutic-effect-of-novel-single-stranded-rnai-agent-targeting-periostin-in-eyes-with-retinal-neovascularization
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Takahito Nakama, Shigeo Yoshida, Keijiro Ishikawa, Yuki Kubo, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Yedi Zhou, Shintaro Nakao, Toshio Hisatomi, Yasuhiro Ikeda, Kazumasa Takao, Kazunori Yoshikawa, Akira Matsuda, Junya Ono, Shoichiro Ohta, Kenji Izuhara, Akira Kudo, Koh-Hei Sonoda, Tatsuro Ishibashi
Retinal neovascularization (NV) due to retinal ischemia remains one of the principal causes of vision impairment in patients with ischemic retinal diseases. We recently reported that periostin (POSTN) may play a role in the development of preretinal fibrovascular membranes, but its role in retinal NV has not been determined. The purpose of this study was to examine the expression of POSTN in the ischemic retinas of a mouse model of oxygen-induced retinal NV. We also studied the function of POSTN on retinal NV using Postn KO mice and human retinal endothelial cells (HRECs) in culture...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324113/microrna-expression-patterns-involved-in-amyloid-beta-induced-retinal-degeneration
#6
Peirong Huang, Junran Sun, Fenghua Wang, Xueting Luo, Jingyang Feng, Qing Gu, Te Liu, Xiaodong Sun
Purpose: Dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is characterized by the accumulation of drusen under Bruch's membrane, and amyloid beta (Aβ) is speculated to be one of the key pathologic factors. While the detrimental effects of Aβ on retinas have been widely explored, Aβ-induced epigenetic regulatory changes have yet to be fully investigated. We therefore aimed to identify the microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles in an Aβ-induced mouse model of retinal degeneration. Methods: C57BL/6 mice were intravitreally injected with Aβ1-40 or PBS and the eye tissues were collected for hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, apoptosis immunofluorescence staining, and miRNA profiling...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323487/pathological-eye-movements-influence-on-the-recordings-of-ocular-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potential
#7
Ting-Hua Yang, Hsin-Lin Chen, Yi-Ho Young
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the influence of pathological eye movements on the recordings of ocular vestibulo-evoked myogenic potential (oVEMP). METHODS: Ten patients with pathological eye movements of non-vestibular origin (nine congenital nystagmus and one opsoclonus) who had negative MRI result were assigned to Group A. Another 20 vestibular neuritis (VN) patients with spontaneous nystagmus were assigned to Group B. Both groups underwent audiometry, and caloric, oVEMP and cervical VEMP (cVEMP) tests...
March 21, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321351/bilateral-birdshot-retinochoroiditis-and-retinal-astrocytoma
#8
Sunil Mamtora, Yun Wong, Dugald Bell, Teresa Sandinha
Background. This case highlights the importance of recognising multiple pathologies within the eye which may not necessarily be linked. Both birdshot retinochoroiditis and astrocytoma are rare conditions. The case underlines the need for early identification and treatment of birdshot retinochoroiditis with steroids and disease modifying drugs. Astrocytoma in the absence of tuberous sclerosis is also uncommon. Case Presentation. A 36-year-old male presented with 3-month history of bilateral progressive flashing lights and floaters...
2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319174/simultaneous-induction-of-graves-hyperthyroidism-and-graves-ophthalmopathy-by-tshr-genetic-immunization-in-balb-c-mice
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Nan Xia, Xiaozhen Ye, Xiaohao Hu, Shiyu Song, Hui Xu, Mengyuan Niu, Hongwei Wang, Jian Wang
BACKGROUND: Graves' disease is the most common form of autoimmune thyroid disorder, characterized by hyperthyroidism due to circulating autoantibodies. To address the pathological features and establish a therapeutic approach of this disease, an animal model carrying the phenotype of Graves' disease (GD) in concert with Graves' Ophthalmopathy (GO) will be very important. However, there are no ideal animal models that are currently available. The aim of the present study is to establish an animal model of GD and GO disease, and its pathological features were further characterized...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316191/-in-vivo-confocal-microscopic-observation-of-corneal-changes-in-patients-with-chronic-stevens-johnson-syndrome-or-toxic-epidermal-necrolysis
#10
T T Gao, Y Li, J Liu, Q Long
Objective: To describe corneal alterations visible on in vivo confocal microscopy in patients with debilitating ocular sequelae caused by Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Methods: Twenty-two eyes of 11 consecutive patients suffering from chronic SJS or TEN were studied using slit lamp and in vivo confocal microscopy in the Ophthalmology Outpatient Department of Peking Union Medical College Hospital from March 2014 to April 2015. Results: Dry eye with meibomian gland dysfunction (19 eyes of 10 patients, 86...
March 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315667/hif-signalling-the-eyes-have-it
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D J Peet, T Kittipassorn, J P Wood, G Chidlow, R J Casson
The hypoxia inducible factors (HIFs) mediate changes in gene expression in response to hypoxia, and mediate key physiological responses such as angiogenesis. They play important roles in development and normal physiology, as well as in ischaemic and other pathologies. The human eye is a complex organ, with tight regulation of vascularisation and oxygen delivery, with the highly specialised retina containing both highly vascularised and avascular regions. This review, written to honour the significant contribution of Lorenz Poellinger to this field, covers the role of the HIFs in normal development of the eye, specifically the vasculature, as well as their roles in numerous retinal pathologies, including ischaemic retinopathies, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD)...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303851/tonic-electromyogram-density-in-multiple-system-atrophy-with-predominant-parkinsonism-and-parkinson-s-disease
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Yi Wang, Yun Shen, Kang-Ping Xiong, Pei-Cheng He, Cheng-Jie Mao, Jie Li, Fu-Yu Wang, Ya-Li Wang, Jun-Ying Huang, Chun-Feng Liu
BACKGROUND: Both Parkinson's disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA) have associated sleep disorders related to the underlying neurodegenerative pathology. Clinically, MSA with predominant parkinsonism (MSA-P) resembles PD in the manifestation of prominent parkinsonism. Whether the amount of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep without atonia could be a potential marker for differentiating MSA-P from PD has not been thoroughly investigated. This study aimed to examine whether sleep parameters could provide a method for differentiating MSA-P from PD...
March 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302681/ultrasound-biomicroscopic-imaging-in-paediatric-ocular-toxocariasis
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Jinghua Liu, Songfeng Li, Guangda Deng, Wenli Yang, Wei Chen, Hai Lu
PURPOSE: To determine the potential and usefulness of ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) as a diagnostic procedure on a larger cohort of paediatric patients with ocular toxocariasis. METHODS: UBM was performed on 41 eyes of 41 patients with ocular toxocariasis in order to determine configuration of peripheral retina, pars plana and vitreous. Location and range of peripheral pathology using ophthalmoscopy with scleral indentation, UBM and intraoperative confirmation were recorded and compared...
March 16, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302249/opacification-of-a-hydrophilic-acrylic-intraocular-lens
#14
Yezhen Yang, Manqiang Peng, Yiqin Duan, Xuetao Huang, Kuanshu Li, Ding Lin
Opacification of a hydrophilic acrylic intraocular (IOL) lens is a rare phenomenon. We herein report a case of a 57-year man complaining of decreased vision at left eye for the last 4 months. He had undergone phacoemulsification with IOL implantation 2 years back. IOL opacification was observed through slit-lamp. IOL exchange was carried out. The exchanged IOL and a new lens of the same model were sent to laboratory for pathologic analysis. Confocal microscopy showed uniformly distributed granules from the surface to 80 µm internal surface...
March 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301218/retinal-pathology-is-associated-with-increased-blood-retina-barrier-permeability-in-a-diabetic-and-hypercholesterolaemic-pig-model-beneficial-effects-of-the-lppla2-inhibitor-darapladib
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Nimish K Acharya, Xin Qi, Eric L Goldwaser, George A Godsey, Hao Wu, Mary C Kosciuk, Theresa A Freeman, Colin H Macphee, Robert L Wilensky, Venkat Venkataraman, Robert G Nagele
Using a porcine model of diabetes mellitus and hypercholesterolaemia, we previously showed that diabetes mellitus and hypercholesterolaemia is associated with a chronic increase in blood-brain barrier permeability in the cerebral cortex, leading to selective binding of immunoglobulin G and deposition of amyloid-beta1-42 peptide in pyramidal neurons. Treatment with Darapladib (GlaxoSmithKline, SB480848), an inhibitor of lipoprotein-associated phospholipase-A2, alleviated these effects. Here, investigation of the effects of chronic diabetes mellitus and hypercholesterolaemia on the pig retina revealed a corresponding increased permeability of the blood-retina barrier coupled with a leak of plasma components into the retina, alterations in retinal architecture, selective IgG binding to neurons in the ganglion cell layer, thinning of retinal layers due to cell loss and increased glial fibrillary acidic protein expression in Müller cells, all of which were curtailed by treatment with Darapladib...
March 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298864/vitrectomy-for-vitreopapillary-traction-in-a-nondiabetic-16-year-old-girl
#16
C K Nagesha, Pukhraj Rishi, Ekta Rishi
Vitreopapillary traction (VPT) is an unusual clinical entity and its management and prognosis have been sparsely studied. It has been described in adults with various vitreomacular pathologies and the possible effects on visual functions. However, the role of surgical intervention in altering the course of the disease is not well understood. Hereby, we describe a case of idiopathic VPT in a 16-year-old girl who presented with decreased vision and visual field changes corresponding to the area of retinal traction...
January 2017: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298856/applications-of-polymers-in-intraocular-drug-delivery-systems
#17
REVIEW
Ali Mohammed Alhalafi
We are entering a new era of ophthalmic pharmacology where new drugs are rapidly being developed for the treatment of anterior and posterior segment of the eye disease. The pharmacokinetics of drug delivery to the eye remains a very active area of ophthalmic research. Intraocular drug delivery systems allow the release of the drug, bypassing the blood-ocular barrier. The main advantage of these preparations is that they can release the drug over a long time with one single administration. These pharmaceutical systems are of great important in the treatment of the posterior segment diseases, and they can be prepared from biodegradable or nonbiodegradable polymers...
January 2017: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296632/severe-neurologic-disorders-in-2-fetuses-with-zika-virus-infection-colombia
#18
Jorge Acosta-Reyes, Edgar Navarro, Maria José Herrera, Eloina Goenaga, Martha L Ospina, Edgar Parra, Marcela Mercado, Pablo Chaparro, Mauricio Beltran, Maria Luz Gunturiz, Lissethe Pardo, Catalina Valencia, Sandra Huertas, Jorge Rodríguez, Germán Ruiz, Diana Valencia, Lisa B Haddad, Sarah C Tinker, Cynthia A Moore, Hernando Baquero
We report the results of pathologic examinations of 2 fetuses from women in Colombia with Zika virus infection during pregnancy that revealed severe central nervous system defects and potential associated abnormalities of the eye, spleen, and placenta. Amniotic fluid and tissues from multiple fetal organs tested positive for Zika virus.
June 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293770/the-value-of-en-toto-globe-submission-in-the-assessment-of-high-risk-retinoblastoma-cases-and-staging
#19
Hind Manaa Alkatan, Hani ALBalawi, Azza M Y Maktabi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the importance of "en toto" globe submission in the assessment of high-risk pathological findings in retinoblastoma cases, aiming at identifying the additional value from full globe examination of enucleated eyes (including the calottes). METHODS: Retrospective histopathological case series of eighty-one enucleated globes with the clinical diagnosis of retinoblastoma, histopathologically examined at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) between January 2010 and December 2013...
March 14, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291195/-optic-nerve-pathology-in-the-structure-of-diagnostic-errors-inpatients-referred-for-cataract-surgery
#20
V V Egorov, N V Savchenko, E L Sorokin, O V Danilov
AIM: to study the frequency of misdiagnosis of cataract in patients with optic nerve pathology or amblyopia and to identify its main causes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study enrolled 381 patients (381 eyes) wrongly diagnosed with cataract. A standard set of eye tests was performed. In-depth examination of the macular area was done through biomicroscopy with contactless aspheric lenses of 60 and 90 D. Part of the patients underwent optical coherence tomography and static perimetry as well as examination of electrical sensitivity threshold and electrical lability of the optic nerve...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
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