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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643176/a-promising-tool-in-retina-regeneration-current-perspectives-and-challenges-when-using-mesenchymal-progenitor-stem-cells-in-veterinary-and-human-ophthalmological-applications
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Anna Cislo-Pakuluk, Krzysztof Marycz
Visual impairment is a common ailment of the current world population, with more exposure to CCD screens and fluorescent lighting, approximately 285 billion people suffer from this deficiency and 13% of those are considered clinically blind. More common causes for visual impairment include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy (Zhu et al. Molecular Medicine Reports, 2015; Kolb et al. 2007; Machalińska et al. Current Eye Research, 34(9),748-760, 2009) among a few. As cases of retinal and optic nerve diseases rise, it is vital to find a treatment, which has led to investigation of the therapeutic potential of various stem cells types (Bull et al...
June 22, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632458/aquaporins-novel-targets-for-age-related-ocular-disorders
#2
Rajkumar Patil, Haishan Wang, Najam A Sharif, Alok Mitra
Aquaporins (AQPs), a large family of membrane protein channels that facilitate transport of water and other small solutes, play important roles in physiological functions and human diseases. Up till now, 13 types of AQPs, numbered 0 through 12, have been identified in various mammalian tissues. Homologous genes for AQPs in amphibians, insects, and bacteria highlight the evolutionary conservation and, thus, the importance of these membrane channels. Many members of the AQP family are expressed in the eye. AQP1, which is a water-selective channel, is expressed in the anterior chamber (cornea, ciliary body, trabecular meshwork) and posterior chamber (retina and microvessels in choroid), controlling the fluid homeostasis in the eye...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631484/ocular-pharmacokinetics-of-therapeutic-antibodies-given-by-intravitreal-injection-estimation-of-retinal-permeabilities-using-a-3-compartment-semi-mechanistic-model
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Laurence A Hutton-Smith, Eamonn A Gaffney, Helen M Byrne, Philip K Maini, Kapil Gadkar, Norman Alan Mazer
Intravitreally (IVT) injected macromolecules for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration must permeate through the inner limiting membrane (ILM) into the retina and through the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) to enter the choroid. A quantitative understanding of intraocular transport mechanisms, elimination pathways and the effect of molecular size, is currently incomplete. We present a semi-mechanistic, 3-compartment (retina, vitreous and aqueous) pharmacokinetic (PK) model, expressed using linear ordinary differential equations (ODEs), to describe the molecular concentrations following a single IVT injection...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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/28620652/visual-and-morphologic-outcomes-in-eyes-with-hard-exudate-in-the-comparison-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-treatments-trials
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Ebenezer Daniel, Juan E Grunwald, Benjamin J Kim, Maureen G Maguire, Glenn J Jaffe, Cynthia A Toth, Frederick L Ferris, Daniel F Martin, James Shaffer, Gui-Shuang Ying
PURPOSE: To compare baseline characteristics, visual acuity (VA) and morphological outcomes between eyes with baseline hard exudates (HE) and all other eyes among patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NVAMD) treated with anti-vascular endothelial growth factors (anti-VEGF). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study within the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT). PARTICIPANTS: Patients with NVAMD...
January 2017: Ophthalmology retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605809/retinal-macrophages-synthesize-c3-and-activate-complement-in-amd-and-in-models-of-focal-retinal-degeneration
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Riccardo Natoli, Nilisha Fernando, Haihan Jiao, Tanja Racic, Michele Madigan, Nigel L Barnett, Joshua A Chu-Tan, Krisztina Valter, Jan Provis, Matt Rutar
Purpose: Complement system dysregulation is strongly linked to the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Deposition of complement including C3 within the lesions in atrophic AMD is thought to contribute to lesion growth, although the contribution of local cellular sources remains unclear. We investigated the role of retinal microglia and macrophages in complement activation within atrophic lesions, in AMD and in models of focal retinal degeneration. Methods: Human AMD donor retinas were labeled for C3 expression via in situ hybridization...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604541/high-dose-high-frequency-aflibercept-for-recalcitrant-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#7
Qi Sheng You, Raouf Gaber, Amit Meshi, Hema L Ramkumar, Mostafa Alam, Ilkay Kilic Muftuoglu, William R Freeman
PURPOSE: To determine the efficacy of monthly (0.1 mL/4 mg) aflibercept for refractory neovascular age-related macular degeneration (wet age-related macular degeneration). METHODS: This was a retrospective interventional case series in which patients with wet age-related macular degeneration were treated with stepwise dose escalation. Nonvitrectomized patients resistant to monthly (Q4W) ranibizumab/bevacizumab were switched to 2 mg aflibercept every 8 weeks. With resistance, they were escalated to Q4W 2 mg aflibercept, then Q4W 4 mg (high dose high frequency, 4Q4W) aflibercept...
June 9, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599331/-the-aging-retina-in-the-context-of-cerebral-neurodegenerative-diseases
#8
Michael R R Böhm, Solon Thanos
Background Neurodegenerative diseases (ND) consist of divers affections of the central nervous system related to etiology, localization, and of course of the disease. Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related dementias are best investigated together with socioeconomic conditions and play an important role in its high prevalence. This work will present ND diseases in the context of analogous retinal degeneration mechanisms and ophthalmological diseases. Methods Based on epidemiological data, the current neurological bibliography of ND has been considered...
June 9, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598120/-characteristics-and-clinical-significance-of-outer-retinal-tubulation-in-wet-age-macular-degeneration-treated-by-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-through-optical-coherence-tomography
#9
Cheng Zuo, Xun Li, Zi-Rong Zhang, Mei-Xia Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To determine the characteristics and clinical significance of outer retinal tabulation (ORT) in wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) treated by anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) through optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: The 35 wAMD patients with 39 ORT eyes treated by anti-VEGF were examined by OCT to determine the morphological features and evolution of the ORTs over time and their response to anti-VEGF. RESULTS: ORTs were located in the places that exudation or edema had happened in the outer nuclear layer of retina...
November 2016: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594428/compromised-integrity-of-central-visual-pathways-in-patients-with-macular-degeneration
#10
Maka Malania, Julia Konrad, Herbert Jägle, John S Werner, Mark W Greenlee
Purpose: Macular degeneration (MD) affects the central retina and leads to gradual loss of foveal vision. Although, photoreceptors are primarily affected in MD, the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and central visual pathways may also be altered subsequent to photoreceptor degeneration. Here we investigate whether retinal damage caused by MD alters microstructural properties of visual pathways using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Methods: Six MD patients and six healthy control subjects participated in the study...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593103/natural-history-of-rod-mediated-dark-adaptation-over-2-years-in-intermediate-age-related-macular-degeneration
#11
Cynthia Owsley, Mark E Clark, Gerald McGwin
PURPOSE: To characterize the natural history of rod-mediated dark adaptation (RMDA) over 2 years in eyes with intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This information will be useful in understanding the potential of RMDA to serve as a functional endpoint in proof-of-concept studies and clinical trials on intermediate AMD. METHODS: RMDA was measured in eyes with intermediate AMD at baseline and follow-up visits over 2 years at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months...
June 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580316/interactome-mapping-guided-by-tissue-specific-phosphorylation-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#12
Srinivas R Sripathi, Weilue He, Cameron L Prigge, O'Donnell Sylvester, Ji-Yeon Um, Folami L Powell, Musa Neksumi, Paul S Bernstein, Dong-Won Choo, Manuela Bartoli, Diana R Gutsaeva, Wan Jin Jahng
The current study aims to determine the molecular mechanisms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) using the phosphorylation network. Specifically, we examined novel biomarkers for oxidative stress by protein interaction mapping using in vitro and in vivo models that mimic the complex and progressive characteristics of AMD. We hypothesized that the early apoptotic reactions could be initiated by protein phosphorylation in region-dependent (peripheral retina vs. macular) and tissue-dependent (retinal pigment epithelium vs...
February 2017: International Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579747/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-nepal-the-bhaktapur-retina-study
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Raba Thapa, Sanyam Bajimaya, Govinda Paudyal, Shankar Khanal, Stevie Tan, Suman S Thapa, Ger van Rens
AIM: This study aimed to explore the prevalence of and risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in an elderly population in Nepal. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This is a population-based, cross-sectional study. A sample size of 2,100 was calculated. A total of 1,860 (88.6%) subjects aged >60 years were enrolled for the study from 30 clusters in the district. Detailed history, visual acuity, and anterior segment and posterior segment examinations were performed...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579549/the-use-of-microperimetry-in-assessing-visual-function-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#14
REVIEW
Nicola K Cassels, John M Wild, Tom H Margrain, Victor Chong, Jennifer H Acton
Microperimetry is a novel technique for assessing visual function and appears particularly suitable for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Compared to standard automated perimetry (SAP), microperimetry offers several unique features. It simultaneously images the fundus, incorporates an eye tracking system to correct the stimulus location for fixation loss, and identifies any preferred retinal loci. A systematic review of microperimetry in the assessment of visual function in AMD identified 680 articles...
June 1, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570723/oral-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-phase-1-dose-escalation-study
#15
Timothy L Jackson, David Boyer, David M Brown, Nauman Chaudhry, Michael Elman, Chris Liang, Denis O'Shaughnessy, Edward C Parsons, Sunil Patel, Jason S Slakter, Philip J Rosenfeld
Importance: An oral treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration would be less burdensome than repeated intravitreous injections. X-82 is an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor active against vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and platelet-derived growth factor. Objective: To undertake safety testing of oral X-82 administered for the treatment of neovascular AMD. Design, Setting, and Participants: Phase 1, open-label, uncontrolled, dose-escalation study at 5 US retinal clinics between November 2012 and March 2015 (Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group, Beverly Hills, California; Blanton Eye Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital, Retina Consultants of Houston, Houston, Texas; New England Retina Associates, Guilford, Connecticut; Elman Retina Group, Baltimore, Maryland; and Retina Research Institute of Texas, Abilene)...
June 1, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570634/neuroprotective-effect-of-bilberry-extract-in-a-murine-model-of-photo-stressed-retina
#16
Hideto Osada, Tomohiro Okamoto, Hirohiko Kawashima, Eriko Toda, Seiji Miyake, Norihiro Nagai, Saori Kobayashi, Kazuo Tsubota, Yoko Ozawa
Excessive exposure to light promotes degenerative and blinding retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. However, the underlying mechanisms of photo-induced retinal degeneration are not fully understood, and a generalizable preventive intervention has not been proposed. Bilberry extract is an antioxidant-rich supplement that ameliorates ocular symptoms. However, its effects on photo-stressed retinas have not been clarified. In this study, we examined the neuroprotective effects of bilberry extract against photo-stress in murine retinas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570556/ultra-widefield-fundus-autofluorescence-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#17
Abhilash Guduru, David Fleischman, Sunyoung Shin, Donglin Zeng, James B Baldwin, Odette M Houghton, Emil A Say
BACKGROUND: Establish accuracy and reproducibility of subjective grading in ultra-widefield fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and determine if an association exists between peripheral FAF abnormalities and AMD. METHODS: This was a prospective, single-blinded case-control study. Patients were consecutively recruited for the study. Patients were excluded if there was a history of prior or active ocular pathology other than AMD or image quality was insufficient for analysis as determined by two independent graders...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560708/tonabersat-prevents-inflammatory-damage-in-the-central-nervous-system-by-blocking-connexin43-hemichannels
#18
Yeri Kim, Jarred M Griffin, Mohd N Mat Nor, Jie Zhang, Peter S Freestone, Helen V Danesh-Meyer, Ilva D Rupenthal, Monica Acosta, Louise F B Nicholson, Simon J O'Carroll, Colin R Green
The cis benzopyran compound tonabersat (SB-220453) has previously been reported to inhibit connexin26 expression in the brain by attenuating the p38-mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway. We show here that tonabersat directly inhibits connexin43 hemichannel opening. Connexin43 hemichannels have been called "pathological pores" based upon their role in secondary lesion spread, edema, inflammation, and neuronal loss following central nervous system injuries, as well as in chronic inflammatory disease. Both connexin43 hemichannels and pannexin channels released adenosine triphosphate (ATP) during ischemia in an in vitro ischemia model, but only connexin43 hemichannels contributed to ATP release during reperfusion...
May 30, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557901/improving-the-age-related-macular-degeneration-construct-a-new-classification-system
#19
Richard F Spaide
Previous models of disease in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) were incomplete in that they did not encompass subretinal drusenoid deposits (pseudodrusen), subtypes of neovascularization, and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy. In addition, Type 3 neovascularization starts in the retina and may not necessarily involve the choroid. As such, the term choroidal neovascularization is not appropriate for these eyes. The new aspects in the AMD construct are to include specific lipoprotein extracellular accumulations, namely drusen and subretinal drusenoid deposits, as early AMD...
May 26, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553324/the-complexities-underlying-age-related-macular-degeneration-could-amyloid-beta-play-an-important-role
#20
REVIEW
Savannah A Lynn, Eloise Keeling, Rosie Munday, Gagandeep Gabha, Helen Griffiths, Andrew J Lotery, J Arjuna Ratnayaka
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes irreversible loss of central vision for which there is no effective treatment. Incipient pathology is thought to occur in the retina for many years before AMD manifests from midlife onwards to affect a large proportion of the elderly. Although genetic as well as non-genetic/environmental risks are recognized, its complex aetiology makes it difficult to identify susceptibility, or indeed what type of AMD develops or how quickly it progresses in different individuals...
April 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
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