Ophthalmology Summaries

Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) by Targeting Cholesterol Transport in Macrophages
Apte, Rajendra

— Technology Description Researchers in Prof. Rajendra Apte’s laboratory developed novel methods for treating macular degeneration and other eye diseases by targeting a cholesterol transport pathway involved in the formation of new blood vessels. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a lea…

Red-Shifted Chromophore Substitution for Optogenetic Applications
Corbo, Joseph ; Enright, Jennifer ; Toomey, Matthew

— Optogenetics is one of the most important technological breakthroughs in neuroscience during the past decade, and holds tremendous promise for dissecting the mechanisms of neurologic disease and for treating a range of disorders. Optogenetic actuators are ion channels or pumps that can be regulated …

Use of ent-allopregnanolone to treat glaucoma
Covey, Douglas ; Izumi, Yukitoshi ; Zorumski, Charles

— Technology Description Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and colleagues have identified ent-allopregnanolone (ent-AlloP) as a potential therapeutic to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness, results from damage to the retinal ganglion cells (RGSs) t…

Small molecule inhibitors of G protein activity to treat uveal melanoma, and other cancers and disorders
Blumer, Kendall ; Onken, Michael

— Disease indication – Uveal melanoma and other G protein-driven disorders, including other cancers (certain vascular tumors, colon, lung, adenocarcinoma, skin melanoma, thyroid adenoma), cholera and Sturge-Weber Syndrome Drug format – small molecule (FR900359, a bioavailable inhibitor of…

Modulation of the DLK/JNK Pathway as a Method for Inhibiting Axonal Degeneration
DiAntonio, Aaron ; Milbrandt, Jeffrey ; Miller, Bradley ; Press, Craig

— Background: Axonal degeneration is a feature commonly associated with many neuropathological conditions including response to injury, exposure to neurotoxins, hereditary neuropathies, glaucoma, and neurodegenerative diseases. The degenerative process is active when neuronal insults trigger a self-de…

Eye test to diagnose preclinical Alzheimer’s disease
Apte, Rajendra ; Van Stavern, Gregory

— Technology Description Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a non-invasive screening method using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) to detect Alzheimer’s disease (AD) at the early, preclinical stage. AD is characterized by progressive memory loss, be…

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