Andreas Janssen

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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a prevalent multifactorial disorder of the central retina. Genetic variants at two chromosomal loci, 1q31 and 10q26, confer major disease risks, together accounting for more than 50% of AMD pathology. Signals at 10q26 center over two nearby genes, ARMS2 (age-related maculopathy susceptibility 2, also known as(More)
X-linked juvenile retinoschisis (RS) is a common cause of juvenile macular degeneration in males. RS is characterized by cystic spoke-wheel-like maculopathy, peripheral schisis, and a negative (b-wave more reduced than a-wave) electroretinogram (ERG). These symptoms are due to mutations in the RS1 gene in Xp22.2 leading to loss of functional protein. No(More)
PURPOSE The Rs1h knockout mouse displays retinal features typical for X-linked juvenile retinoschisis (RS). Consequently, this mouse line represents an excellent model to study early molecular events in RS. METHODS Whole genome expression profiling using DNA-microarrays was performed on total RNA extracts from retinoschisin-deficient and wild-type murine(More)
Proof-of-concept for a successful adeno-associated virus serotype 5 (AAV5)-mediated gene therapy in X-linked juvenile retinoschisis (XLRS) has been demonstrated in an established mouse model for this condition. The initial studies concentrated on early time-points of treatment. In this study, we aimed to explore the consequences of single subretinal(More)
PURPOSE Tissue inhibitor of metalloprotease (TIMP)-3 is an inhibitor of matrix metalloprotease (MMP) and regulates angiogenesis. In the eye, TIMP3 is tightly associated with Bruch's membrane. In this study, the authors analyzed mice lacking TIMP3 for retinal abnormalities. METHODS Mice with targeted disruption of the Timp3 gene were generated (Timp3(-/-))(More)
Sorsby fundus dystrophy (SFD) is an autosomal dominant macular degeneration of late onset. A key feature of the disease is the thickening of Bruch's membrane, an ECM structure located between the RPE and the choroid. SFD is caused by mutations in the gene encoding the ECM-associated tissue inhibitor of metalloproteases-3 (TIMP3). We have recently generated(More)
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