Research and Developments

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February 11, 2004

C-reactive Protein Levels Connected to Macular Degeneration

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by Dan Roberts There has been a good deal of excitement about the possible connection between the level of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood and various diseases, including macular degeneration. CRP is responsible for the healing benefit of inflammation that occurs when a part of the body is in trouble. If, however, the level
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October 21, 2003

FFB-Sponsored Study Leads to Discovery of New AMD Gene

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(Press release from the Foundation Fighting Blindness) October 21, 2003 An exciting gene discovery by an FFB-funded researcher adds to the growing proof that macular degeneration can be hereditary. This is the first gene mutation found that is directly tied to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The discovery of this gene mutation bolsters hope for a
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September 30, 2003

RDH5 Gene Mutation Can Cause Macular Dystrophy

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by Dan Roberts September 2003 Japanese researchers have found that mutations in the RDH5 gene can cause macular dystrophy, fundus albipunctatus, and/or night blindness. Twenty-one patients from nineteen different families with fundus albipunctatus were analyzed. Ten of the patients had macular dystrophy. In eighteen, mutations were found in the RDH5. The patients were tested using
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April 30, 2003

Accutane May Inhibit Progression of Stargardt’s Disease

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by Dan Roberts April 2003 Accutane, a prescription drug used to treat acne, has been shown to inhibit the development of lipofuscin deposits in the retinas of rodent models. This is promising news for people with Stargardt’s disease. The author of the study is Dr. Gabriel Travis, professor of ophthalmology and biological chemistry at the
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August 15, 2002

New Retinal Vessels Formed From Stem Cells

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by Dan Roberts August, 2002 Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have succeeded in forming new retinal blood vessels in mice with ocular disease. The process uses “pluripotent” adult stem cells, which are derived from bone marrow and injected into the vitreous of the eyeball. When in place, these cells develop into endothelial cells
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August 15, 2002

New MD Gene Discovered

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by Dan Roberts August, 2002 Researchers at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have discovered a genetic link to a form of macular degeneration. In an article published in August 2002 in Genome (“X-Linked Recessive Atrophic Macular Degeneration from RPGR Mutation,” pp. 166-171, doi:10.1006/geno.2002.6815, Radha Ayyagari, et al) the gene RPGR (associated until now
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April 21, 2002

Carbon Dioxide May Improve Vision in AMD Patients

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by Dan Roberts April 2002 AMD patients are benefitting from a new combination drug therapy being tested at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC). The therapy involves a combination of medicines which includes carbon dioxide, an element which dilates the blood vessels in the retina for the maintenance of proper
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November 21, 2001

Cells From The Iris May Replace Retinal Photoreceptors

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by Dan Roberts November 2001 An online publication of the December 2001 publication of Nature Neuroscience has reported that, with genetic manipulation, cells from the iris may be able to replace photoreceptor cells in the retina. In recent experiments, Dr. Masatoshi Haruta of Kyoto University and colleagues took iris cells from rat eyes, then introduced
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November 15, 2001

U-M Scientist Finds Clues in the Development of Light-Sensitive Eye Cells

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by Betsy Nisbet November 2001 ANN ARBOR, MI – A paper published electronically by Nature Genetics offers important new insights into the development and differentiation of rod and cone photoreceptors, the light-sensitive cells in the eye’s retina that initiate vision and are essential for clear sight. A team led by Anand Swaroop, Ph.D., professor of
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August 22, 2001

Stem Cell Research: Hope With An Ethical Price Tag

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by Dan Roberts August 2001 Background On The Research Stem cells are undeveloped structures which are able develop into any of the nearly 220 cell types that make up the human body, and which can theoretically reproduce themselves infinitely. Recent discovery of adult stem cells, or progenitor cells, in the eyes of adult rodents has
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