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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300845/digoxin-induced-retinal-degeneration-depends-on-rhodopsin
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Britta Landfried, Marijana Samardzija, Maya Barben, Christian Schori, Katrin Klee, Federica Storti, Christian Grimm
Na,K-ATPases are energy consuming ion pumps that are required for maintaining ion homeostasis in most cells. In the retina, Na,K-ATPases are especially important to sustain the dark current in photoreceptor cells needed for rapid hyperpolarization of rods and cones in light. Cardiac glycosides like digoxin inhibit the activity of Na,K-ATPases by targeting their catalytic alpha subunits. This leads to a disturbed ion balance, which can affect cellular function and survival. Here we show that the treatment of wild-type mice with digoxin leads to severe retinal degeneration and loss of vision...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298893/bis-retinoid-a2e-induces-an-increase-of-basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-via-inhibition-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-1-2-pathway-in-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells-and-facilitates-phagocytosis
#2
Delphine Balmer, Linda Bapst-Wicht, Aswin Pyakurel, Martine Emery, Natacha Nanchen, Christian G Bochet, Raphael Roduit
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in developed countries. Hallmarks of the disease are well known; indeed, this pathology is characterized by lipofuscin accumulation, is principally composed of lipid-containing residues of lysosomal digestion. The N-retinyl-N-retinylidene ethanolamine (A2E) retinoid which is thought to be a cytotoxic component for RPE is the best-characterized component of lipofuscin so far. Even if no direct correlation between A2E spatial distribution and lipofuscin fluorescence has been established in aged human RPE, modified forms or metabolites of A2E could be involved in ARMD pathology...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286579/brain-xanthophyll-content-and-exploratory-gene-expression-analysis-subspecies-differences-in-rhesus-macaque
#3
Emily S Mohn, John W Erdman, Martha Neuringer, Matthew J Kuchan, Elizabeth J Johnson
BACKGROUND: The dietary xanthophylls, lutein and zeaxanthin, accumulate in primate retina and brain, and emerging evidence indicates neural lutein content may be beneficial for cognition. Neural xanthophyll content in primates varies greatly among individuals, and genetic factors are likely to be significant contributors. Subspecies of rhesus macaques originating from different geographic locations are known to differ genetically, but the effect of origin on gene expression and carotenoid status has not been determined...
2017: Genes & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282423/age-related-macular-degeneration-phenotypes-are-associated-with-increased-tumor-necrosis-alpha-and-subretinal-immune-cells-in-aged-cxcr5-knockout-mice
#4
Hu Huang, Ying Liu, Lei Wang, Wen Li
The role of chemokine receptor in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) remains elusive. The objective of this study is to investigate the role of chemokine receptor Cxcr5 in the pathogenesis of AMD. Cxcr5 gene expression levels (mRNA and protein) are higher in the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) of aged C57BL/6 wild type mice than younger ones. Vascular and glial cells express Cxcr5 and its ligand Cxcl13 in mouse retina. Aged Cxcr5 knockout (-/-) mice develop both early and late AMD-like pathological features...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280483/outer-plexiform-layer-structures-are-not-altered-following-aav-mediated-gene-transfer-in-healthy-rat-retina
#5
Bert C Giers, Daniela Klein, Alexandra Mendes-Madeira, Carolina Isiegas, Birgit Lorenz, Silke Haverkamp, Knut Stieger
Ocular gene therapy approaches have been developed for a variety of different diseases. In particular, clinical gene therapy trials for RPE65 mutations, X-linked retinoschisis, and choroideremia have been conducted at different centers in recent years, showing that adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene therapy is safe, but limitations exist as to the therapeutic benefit and long-term duration of the treatment. The technique of vector delivery to retinal cells relies on subretinal injection of the vector solution, causing a transient retinal detachment...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238097/igf-1-mediated-survival-from-induced-death-of-human-primary-cultured-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-is-mediated-by-an-akt-dependent-signaling-pathway
#6
Wenhua Zheng, Qian Meng, Haitao Wang, Fengxia Yan, Peter J Little, Xinguo Deng, Shaofen Lin
Degeneration of the human retinal pigmented epithelium (hRPE) is involved in several eye disorders such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In this study, we investigated the protective effect of IGF-1 on human primary cultured RPE cells and its underlying mechanism. IGF-1 dose- and time-dependently promoted the survival of RPE cells from serum deprivation. Western blot showed that IGF-1 stimulated the activation of the PI3K/Akt and MAPK pathways in hRPE. Inhibition of the PI3K/Akt pathway by the PI3K-specific inhibitor, LY294002 or inhibition of Akt by Akt-specific inhibitors Akt inhibitor VIII or SN-38, or downregulation Akt with siRNA specific for Akt blocked the effect of IGF-1 on hRPE...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237426/the-role-of-the-human-visual-cortex-in-assessment-of-the-long-term-durability-of-retinal-gene-therapy-in-follow-on-rpe65-clinical-trial-patients
#7
Manzar Ashtari, Elena S Nikonova, Kathleen A Marshall, Gloria J Young, Puya Aravand, Wei Pan, Gui-Shuang Ying, Aimee E Willett, Mani Mahmoudian, Albert M Maguire, Jean Bennett
PURPOSE: Gene therapy (GT) has offered immense hope to individuals who are visually impaired because of RPE65 mutations. Although GT has shown great success in clinical trials enrolling these individuals, evidence for stability and durability of this treatment over time is still unknown. Herein we explored the value of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as an objective measure to assess independently the longevity of retinal GT. DESIGN: Individuals with RPE65 mutations who underwent GT in their worse-seeing eye in a phase 1 clinical trial received a second subretinal injection in their contralateral eye in a follow-on clinical trial...
February 22, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202390/systemic-injection-of-rpe65-programmed-bone-marrow-derived-cells-prevents-progression-of-chronic-retinal-degeneration
#8
Xiaoping Qi, S Louise Pay, Yuanqing Yan, James Thomas, Alfred S Lewin, Lung-Ji Chang, Maria B Grant, Michael E Boulton
Bone marrow stem and progenitor cells can differentiate into a range of non-hematopoietic cell types, including retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)-like cells. In this study, we programmed bone marrow-derived cells (BMDCs) ex vivo by inserting a stable RPE65 transgene using a lentiviral vector. We tested the efficacy of systemically administered RPE65-programmed BMDCs to prevent visual loss in the superoxide dismutase 2 knockdown (Sod2 KD) mouse model of age-related macular degeneration. Here, we present evidence that these RPE65-programmed BMDCs are recruited to the subretinal space, where they repopulate the RPE layer, preserve the photoreceptor layer, retain the thickness of the neural retina, reduce lipofuscin granule formation, and suppress microgliosis...
February 12, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130426/genetic-analysis-of-ten-pedigrees-with-inherited-retinal-degeneration-ird-by-exome-sequencing-and-phenotype-genotype-association
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Pooja Biswas, Jacque L Duncan, Bruno Maranhao, Igor Kozak, Kari Branham, Luis Gabriel, Jonathan H Lin, Guilio Barteselli, Mili Navani, John J Suk, Michelle Parke, Catherine Schlechter, Richard Weleber, John R Heckenlively, Gislin Dagnelie, Pauline Lee, S Amer Riazuddin, Radha Ayyagari
PURPOSE: To identify causative mutations and characterize the phenotype associated with the genotype in ten unrelated families with autosomal recessive retinal degeneration. METHODS: Ophthalmic evaluation and DNA isolation was carried out in 10 pedigrees with IRD. Exomes of probands from 8 pedigrees were captured using Nimblegen V2/V3 or Agilent V5+UTR kits, and sequencing was performed on Illumina HiSeq. The DHDDS gene was screened for mutations in the remaining two pedigrees with Ashkenazi Jews ancestry...
January 27, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041994/a-dominant-mutation-in-rpe65-d477g-delays-dark-adaptation-and-disturbs-the-visual-cycle-in-the-mutant-knock-in-mice
#10
Younghwa Shin, Gennadiy Moiseyev, Dibyendu Chakraborty, Jian-Xing Ma
RPE65 is an indispensable component of the retinoid visual cycle in vertebrates, through which the visual chromophore 11-cis-retinal (11-cis-RAL) is generated to maintain normal vision. Various blinding conditions in humans, such as Leber congenital amaurosis and retinitis pigmentosa (RP), are attributed to either homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in RPE65. Herein, we investigated D477G missense mutation, an unprecedented dominant-acting mutation of RPE65 identified in patients with autosomal dominant RP...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035529/hereditary-retinal-dystrophy
#11
Thomas C Hohman
As our understanding of the genetic basis for inherited retinal disease has expanded, gene therapy has advanced into clinical development. When the gene mutations associated with inherited retinal dystrophies were identified, it became possible to create animal models in which individual gene were altered to match the human mutations. The retina of these animals were then characterized to assess whether the mutated genes produced retinal phenotypes characteristic of disease-affected patients. Following the identification of a subpopulation of patients with the affected gene and the development of techniques for the viral gene transduction of retinal cells, it has become possible to deliver a copy of the normal gene into the retinal sites of the mutated genes...
December 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943290/isolation-characterization-and-establishment-of-spontaneously-immortalized-cell-line-hrpe-2s-with-stem-cell-properties
#12
Hoda Shams Najafabadi, Zahra-Soheila Soheili, Shahram Samiei, Hamid Ahmadieh, Ehsan Ranaei Pirmardan, Maryam Masoomi
The retinal pigment epithelium is a monolayer of highly specialized pigmented cells located between the neural retina and the Bruch's membrane of the choroid. RPE cells play a crucial role in the maintenance and function of the underlying photoreceptors. This study introduces a spontaneously arising human retinal pigment epithelial cell line, HRPE-2S, which was isolated from primary RPE cell culture of 2 days old male donor. We characterized morphology and functional properties of the new cell line. The immortalized cell line was maintained in culture for more than 70 passages and 240 divisions...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874104/identifying-mutations-in-tunisian-families-with-retinal-dystrophy
#13
Imen Habibi, Ahmed Chebil, Yosra Falfoul, Nathalie Allaman-Pillet, Fedra Kort, Daniel F Schorderet, Leila El Matri
Retinal dystrophies (RD) are a rare genetic disorder with high genetic heterogeneity. This study aimed at identifying disease-causing variants in fifteen consanguineous Tunisian families. Full ophthalmic examination was performed. Index patients were subjected to IROme analysis or whole exome sequencing followed by homozygosity mapping. All detected variations were confirmed by direct Sanger sequencing. Mutation analysis in our patients revealed two compound heterozygous mutations p.(R91W);(V172D) in RPE65, and five novel homozygous mutations: p...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860478/-gene-therapy-for-inherited-retinal-and-optic-nerve-disorders-current-knowledge
#14
Ľ Ďuďáková, B Kousal, H Kolářová, L Hlavatá, P Lišková
The aim of this review is to provide a comprehensive summary of current gene therapy clinical trials for monogenic and optic nerve disorders.The number of genes for which gene-based therapies are being developed is growing. At the time of writing this review gene-based clinical trials have been registered for Leber congenital amaurosis 2 (LCA2), retinitis pigmentosa 38, Usher syndrome 1B, Stargardt disease, choroideremia, achromatopsia, Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) and X-linked retinoschisis. Apart from RPE65 gene therapy for LCA2 and MT-ND4 for LHON which has reached phase III, all other trials are in investigation phase I and II, i...
2016: Ceská a Slovenská Oftalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826002/3d-culture-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-rgd-alginate-hydrogel-improves-retinal-tissue-development
#15
Nicola C Hunt, Dean Hallam, Ayesha Karimi, Carla B Mellough, Jinju Chen, David H W Steel, Majlinda Lako
No treatments exist to effectively treat many retinal diseases. Retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) and neural retina can be generated from human embryonic stem cells/induced pluripotent stem cells (hESCs/hiPSCs). The efficacy of current protocols is, however, limited. It was hypothesised that generation of laminated neural retina and/or RPE from hiPSCs/hESCs could be enhanced by three dimensional (3D) culture in hydrogels. hiPSC- and hESC-derived embryoid bodies (EBs) were encapsulated in 0.5% RGD-alginate; 1% RGD-alginate; hyaluronic acid (HA) or HA/gelatin hydrogels and maintained until day 45...
November 5, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809638/a-recurrence-model-for-laryngeal-cancer-based-on-svm-and-gene-function-clustering
#16
Jili Su, Yanqiu Zhang, Haodong Su, Chuanhai Zhang, Wei Li
CONCLUSION: A prognostic model was obtained for LC. Several critical genes were unveiled. They could be potentially applied for LC recurrence prediction. OBJECTIVE: Gene expression data of laryngeal cancer (LC) were analyzed to identify critical genes associated with recurrence. METHODS: Two gene expression datasets were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus. Dataset GSE27020 is used as the training set, containing 75 non-recurred LC cases and 34 recurred LC cases...
November 4, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768794/fundus-camera-delivered-light-induced-retinal-degeneration-in-mice-with-the-rpe65-leu450met-variant-is-associated-with-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis
#17
Xin Zhong, Bogale Aredo, Yi Ding, Kaiyan Zhang, Cynthia X Zhao, Rafael L Ufret-Vincenty
Purpose: Oxidative stress, partly due to light, has an important role in many retinal diseases, including macular degeneration and retinal dystrophies. The Leu450Met variant of RPE65 is expressed in C57BL/6 and in many genetically modified mice. It confers significant resistance to light induced retinal degeneration (LIRD). Our goal was to develop an effective and efficient method to induce LIRD in resistant mice that would recapitulate mechanisms seen in known models of LIRD. Methods: The retinas of C57BL/6J mice were exposed to light using a murine fundus camera...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753762/clinical-progress-in-inherited-retinal-degenerations-gene-therapy-clinical-trials-and-advances-in-genetic-sequencing
#18
Brian P Hafler
PURPOSE: Inherited retinal dystrophies are a significant cause of vision loss and are characterized by the loss of photoreceptors and the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Mutations in approximately 250 genes cause inherited retinal degenerations with a high degree of genetic heterogeneity. New techniques in next-generation sequencing are allowing the comprehensive analysis of all retinal disease genes thus changing the approach to the molecular diagnosis of inherited retinal dystrophies...
March 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733811/proinflammatory-cytokines-decrease-the-expression-of-genes-critical-for-rpe-function
#19
R Krishnan Kutty, William Samuel, Kaifa Boyce, Aswini Cherukuri, Todd Duncan, Cynthia Jaworski, Chandrasekharam N Nagineni, T Michael Redmond
PURPOSE: Proinflammatory cytokines interferon gamma (IFN-γ), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) secreted by infiltrating lymphocytes or macrophages may play a role in triggering RPE dysfunction associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Binding of these proinflammatory cytokines to their specific receptors residing on the RPE cell surface can activate signaling pathways that, in turn, may dysregulate cellular gene expression. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether IFN-γ, TNF-α, and IL-1β have an adverse effect on the expression of genes essential for RPE function, employing the RPE cell line ARPE-19 as a model system...
2016: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686653/available-evidence-on-leber-congenital-amaurosis-and-gene-therapy
#20
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Maan Alkharashi, Anne B Fulton
Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is a group of severe inherited retinal dystrophies that lead to early childhood blindness. In the last decade, interest in LCA has increased as advances in genetics have been applied to better identify, classify, and treat LCA. To date, 23 LCA genes have been identified. Gene replacement in the RPE65 form of LCA represents a major advance in treatment, although limitations have been recognized. In this article, we review the clinical and genetic features of LCA and evaluate the evidence available for gene therapy in RPE65 disease...
2017: Seminars in Ophthalmology
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