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Gene therapy ophthalmology

M du Moulin, A F Koehn, A Golsari, S Dulz, Y Atiskova, M Patten, J Münch, M Avanesov, K Ullrich, N Muschol
Fabry disease is a multisystem lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in the GLA gene. The clinical significance of the mutation p.D313Y is still under debate. Retrospective chart analysis of clinical (neurological, cardiac, renal, ophthalmological), genetic, and biochemical (lyso-globotriaosylsphingosine, lyso-Gb3; enzyme activity) data was done in all our patients carrying the p.D313Y mutation. Fourteen patients from 5 families (10 female, 4 male; age range 10-51) were included. Symptoms and organ manifestations compatible with Fabry disease could be identified in 10 patients...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Genetics
Laila Toniol Cardin, Nathália Martins Sonehara, Kallyne Kioko Oliveira Mimura, Anemari Ramos Dinarte Dos Santos, Wilson Araújo da Silva, Lays Martin Sobral, Andréia Machado Leopoldino, Bianca Rodrigues da Cunha, Eloiza H Tajara, Sonia Maria Oliani, Flávia Cristina Rodrigues-Lisoni
The eye is immunologically privileged when inflammatory responses are suppressed. One component responsible for the suppression of inflammatory responses is the blood retinal barrier, which comprises the retinal pigment epithelium. The destruction of this barrier initiates inflammation, which can affect any part of the eye. Therefore, inflammatory response is controlled by the action of anti-inflammatory mediators, among these mediators, annexin A1 (ANXA1) protein acts as a modulator of inflammation. In this study we aimed to improve the knowledge of this area by investigating how a peptide of the ANXA1 protein (ANXA1Ac2-26) modulates the morphology, proliferation, migration and expression of genes and proteins in human retinal pigment epithelium cells (ARPE-19)...
May 30, 2017: Gene
Farah A Falix, Carlien A M Bennebroek, Bert van der Zwaag, Ruth Lapid-Gortzak, Sandrine Florquin, Michiel J S Oosterveld
This report describes a novel mutation of LAMB2, the gene associated with Pierson syndrome (microcoria-congenital nephrosis syndrome), in two female siblings. The c.970T>C p.(Cys324Arg) mutation in the LAMB2 gene affects one of the eight highly conserved cysteine residues within the first EGF-like module of the laminin β2 protein. These residues form disulfide bonds in order to achieve a correct 3D structure of the protein. The reported phenotype is considered a relatively mild variant of Pierson syndrome and is associated with later-onset (18 months) therapy-resistant nephrotic syndrome leading to renal failure, and ocular abnormalities consisting of high myopia, microcoria, diverse retinal abnormalities, hence a low level of visual acuity...
April 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
Daisuke Fukuhara, Toshihiko Takiura, Hiroshi Keino, Annabelle A Okada, Kunimasa Yan
Iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome (CS) is a severe adverse effect of systemic glucocorticoid (GC) therapy in children, but is extremely rare in the setting of topical ocular GC therapy. In this article, we report the case of a 9-year-old girl suffering from idiopathic uveitis who developed CS due to topical ocular GC treatment. She was referred to the ophthalmology department with a complaint of painful eyes, at which time she was diagnosed with bilateral iridocyclitis and started on a treatment of betamethasone sodium phosphate eye drops...
February 2017: Pediatrics
F Stephan, R Haber
Fabry disease, also known as Anderson-Fabry disease or angiokeratoma corporis diffusum universale, is an X-linked recessive form of sphingolipidosis caused by total or partial deficiency of the lysosomal hydrolase, alpha-galactosidase A. From the youngest age, it results in a gradual ubiquitous build-up of glycosphingolipids that are not degraded by the missing enzyme. Cutaneous, neurological, nephrologic, cardiac, gastrointestinal, ophthalmological, respiratory, cochleovestibular and haematological involvement are responsible for increased mortality and significant impairment of quality of life in subjects affected by the disease...
February 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Razek Georges Coussa, Irma Lopez Solache, Robert K Koenekoop
This article is dedicated to Irene Hussels Maumenee, Professor of Human Genetics and Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute, Ocular Genetics Fellowship director in 1994-1995. Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) has almost come full circle, from a profound and molecularly uncharacterized form of congenital retinal blindness to one in which a large number of causative genes and disease pathways are known, and the world's first human retinal disease to be treated by gene therapy. Dr. Maumenee's insights, efforts, and leadership have contributed significantly to this remarkable scientific journey...
January 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
Wenrui Xu, Jiuliang Zhao, Yicheng Zhu, Weihong Zhang
RATIONAL: Cerebroretinal microangiopathy with calcifications and cysts (CRMCC) is believed to be an autosomal recessive genetic disease, with disorders in multisystem organs. Its characteristic neurological disorders manifested on neuroimaging are a triad of leukoencephalopathy, intracranial calcifications, and parenchymal cysts. In this paper, we report a CRMCC patient with multisystem involvement, focusing on the neuroimaging features, to get a better understanding of the rare disease and improve our diagnostic ability...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Solmaz Abdolrahimzadeh, Andrea Maria Plateroti, Santi Maria Recupero, Alessandro Lambiase
Neurofibromatosis type 1, tuberous sclerosis complex, and Von Hippel-Lindau disease, historically classified as the phakomatoses, are hereditary multisystem disorders characterized by the presence of hamartoma, which carry the risk of malignant transformation. The alteration of tumor suppressor genes seems to be at the basis of their pathophysiogenetic mechanism. Lisch and choroidal nodules in neurofibromatosis type 1, retinal astrocytomas in tuberous sclerosis complex, and retinal capillary hemangioma in Von Hippel-Lindau disease are the principal ophthalmic hamartomatous manifestations...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Jana Zímová, Pavlína Zímová
Trichotillomania (TTM) is defined by the Diagnostics and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DMS-IV) as hair loss from a patient`s repetitive self-pulling of hair. The disorder is included under anxiety disorders because it shares some obsessive-compulsive features. Patients have the tendency towards feelings of unattractiveness, body dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem (1,2). It is a major psychiatric problem, but many patients with this disorder first present to a dermatologist. An 11-year-old girl came to our department with a 2-month history of diffuse hair loss on the frontoparietal and parietotemporal area (Figure 1)...
June 2016: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
Daška Štulhofer Buzina, Ivana Martinac, Daniela Ledić Drvar, Romana Čeović, Ivan Bilić, Branka Marinović
Dear Editor, Inhibition of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a new strategy in treatment of a variety of solid tumors, such as colorectal carcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, and pancreatic cancer (1). Cetuximab is a chimeric human-murine monoclonal antibody against EGFR. Cutaneous side effects are the most common adverse reactions occurring during epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors (EGFRI) therapy. Papulopustular rash (acne like rash) develop with 80-86% patients receiving cetuximab, while xerosis, eczema, fissures, teleangiectasiae, hyperpigmentations, and nail and hair changes occur less frequently (2)...
April 2016: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
Anneke I den Hollander
The genomic revolution has had a huge impact on our understanding of the genetic defects and disease mechanisms underlying ophthalmic diseases. Two examples are discussed here. The first is Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a severe inherited retinal dystrophy leading to severe vision loss in children, and the second is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of vision loss in the elderly. Twenty years ago, the genetic causes of these diseases were unknown. Currently, more than 20 LCA genes have been identified, and genetic testing can now successfully identify the genetic defects in at least 75% of all LCA cases...
March 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Marni J Falk, Alan Decherney, Jeffrey P Kahn
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) diseases may be the poster child for highly targeted, "personalized" medicine. These heterogeneous disorders, although rare individually, have well-defined genetic causes — more than 400 known pathogenic mutations or deletions in the 16,569-base-pair mitochondrial..
March 24, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Xing Wan, Han Pei, Min-jian Zhao, Shuo Yang, Wei-kun Hu, Heng He, Si-qi Ma, Ge Zhang, Xiao-yan Dong, Chen Chen, Dao-wen Wang, Bin Li
Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is a mitochondrially inherited disease leading to blindness. A mitochondrial DNA point mutation at the 11778 nucleotide site of the NADH dehydrogenase subunit 4 (ND4) gene is the most common cause. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a recombinant adeno-associated virus 2 (AAV2) carrying ND4 (rAAV2-ND4) in LHON patients carrying the G11778A mutation. Nine patients were administered rAAV2-ND4 by intravitreal injection to one eye and then followed for 9 months...
February 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Slawomir J Teper, Anna Nowinska, Jaroslaw Pilat, Edward Wylegala
BACKGROUND: Treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) remains a major challenge in ophthalmology. It is essential to determine which of VEGF inhibition non-responders can benefit from photodynamic therapy (PDT). As AMD is strongly related to gene polymorphisms, genetic factors can modify efficacy of treatment. Swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) gives exceptional insight into the retina and choroid. SS-OCT usefulness needs to be evaluated in nAMD patients...
March 2016: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
A C Martins, A M Rosa, E Costa, C Tavares, M J Quadrado, J N Murta
PURPOSE: This paper aims to review the morphological and functional characteristics of patients affected by familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), with greater focus on type I and its progression after liver transplantation. We also analyse therapeutic options for the ophthalmic manifestations. METHODS: The literature from 2002 through 2015 was reviewed, with a total of 45 articles studied, using the key terms related to amyloidosis and its therapeutic approaches...
2015: BioMed Research International
Yao Li, Lawrence Chan, Huy V Nguyen, Stephen H Tsang
Interest in generating human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells for stem cell modeling of diseases has overtaken that of patient-specific human embryonic stem cells due to the ethical, technical, and political concerns associated with the latter. In ophthalmology, researchers are currently using iPS cells to explore various applications, including: (1) modeling of retinal diseases using patient-specific iPS cells; (2) autologous transplantation of differentiated retinal cells that undergo gene correction at the iPS cell stage via gene editing tools (e...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
M P Kirpichnikov, M A Ostrovskiy
This is a review of the current state of optogenetics-based research in the field of ophthalmology and physiology of vision. Optogenetics employs an interdisciplinary approach that amalgamates gene engineering, optics, and physiology. It involves exogenous expression of a light-activated protein in a very particular retinal cell enabling regulation (stimulation vs. inhibition) of its physiological activity. The experience with gene therapy came in very useful for optogenetics. However, unlike gene therapy, which is aimed at repairing damaged genes or replacing them with healthy ones, optogenetics is focused on protein genes delivery for further molecular control of the cell...
May 2015: Vestnik Oftalmologii
Óscar Francisco Chacón-Camacho, Aline Astorga-Carballo, Juan Carlos Zenteno
Gene therapy is a promising new therapeutic strategy that could provide a novel and more effective way of targeting hereditary ophthalmological diseases. The eye is easily accessible, highly compartmentalized, and an immune-privileged organ that gives advantages as an ideal gene therapy target. Recently, important advances in the availability of various intraocular vector delivery routes and viral vectors that are able to efficiently transduce specific ocular cell types have been described. Gene therapy has advanced in some retinal inherited dystrophies; in this way, preliminary success is now being reported for the treatment of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA)...
July 2015: Gaceta Médica de México
Sung Wook Park, Jin Hyoung Kim, Woo Jin Park, Jeong Hun Kim
The eye is a small and enclosed organ which makes it an ideal target for gene therapy. Recently various strategies have been applied to gene therapy in retinopathies using non-viral and viral gene delivery to the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Subretinal injection is the best approach to deliver viral vectors directly to RPE cells. Before the clinical trial of a gene therapy, it is inevitable to validate the efficacy of the therapy in animal models of various retinopathies. Thus, subretinal injection in mice becomes a fundamental technique for an ocular gene therapy...
2015: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Georgia Avgitidou, Sebastian Siebelmann, Bjoern Bachmann, Juergen Kohlhase, Ludwig M Heindl, Claus Cursiefen
A 3-year-old boy presented with acute corneal hydrops on the left eye and spontaneous corneal rupture on the right eye. A diagnosis of brittle cornea syndrome was confirmed by molecular analysis. A novel mutation, the homozygous variant c.17T>G, p.V6G, was found in the gene for PR-domain-containing protein 5 (PRDM5) in exon 1. Brittle cornea syndrome is a rare connective tissue disease with typical ocular, auditory, musculoskeletal, and cutaneous disorders. Almost all patients suffer from declined vision due to corneal scarring, thinning, and rupture...
2015: Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine
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