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2012-01-23 22:26:30

Members of a University of Pennsylvania research team have shown that they can prevent, or even reverse, a blinding retinal disease, X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa, or XLRP, in dogs. The disease in humans and dogs is caused by defects in the RPGR gene and results in early, severe and progressive vision loss. It is one of the most common inherited forms of retinal degeneration in man. "Every single abnormal feature that defines the disease in the dogs was corrected following treatment,"...

2011-12-13 22:50:08

Research offers potential treatment for macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa Hitching a ride into the retina on nanoparticles called dendrimers offers a new way to treat age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. A study by investigators at Mayo Clinic, Wayne State University and Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that steroids attached to the dendrimers target the damage-causing cells associated with neuroinflammation, leaving the rest of the eye unaffected and...

2011-12-13 15:10:32

Research at Wayne State University, Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins offers potential treatment for macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa Hitching a ride into the retina on nanoparticles called dendrimers offers a new way to treat age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. A collaborative research study among investigators at Wayne State University, the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that steroids attached to the dendrimers targeted the damage-causing...

2011-11-02 13:37:28

Researchers at Ohio State University Medical Center and Nationwide Children´s Hospital have developed a viral vector designed to deliver a gene into the eyes of people born with an inherited, progressive form of blindness that affects mainly males. The vector is part of a clinical trial investigating the use of gene therapy to cure choroideremia, a disease that affects an estimated 100,000 people worldwide. The trial is being conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford in...

Gene Therapy May Improve Some Forms Of Blindness
2011-10-28 09:45:12

A UK man is being treated for the progressive genetic disorder, choroideraemia, in an attempt to reverse his blindness. Jonathan Wyatt was able to see normally until about the age of 19 when he began having problems seeing in the dark. He was told by doctors that his vision would get progressively worse until eventually going blind, reports BBC News. Poor eyesight didn´t stop Wyatt, now 63 years old, from a career as a barrister but 10 years ago he found himself having difficulty...

2011-10-03 15:24:35

In a paper published in the October 2011 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, a team of researchers at Columbia University Medical Center led by Stephen Tsang, MD, Ph.D have achieved temporary functional preservation of photoreceptors in a mouse model for retinitis pigmentosa (RP) using novel bipartite gene therapy. RP is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by progressive degeneration of rod photoreceptors (which mediate night vision) causing night blindness and eventually total...


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