Carolina Iodice

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Severe inherited retinal diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa and Leber congenital amaurosis, are caused by mutations in genes preferentially expressed in photoreceptors. While adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene transfer can correct retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) defects in animal models, approaches for the correction of photoreceptor-specific(More)
In Podarcis sicula specialized follicle cells send reserve materials to the previtellogenic oocyte via intercellular bridges. Immediately before the onset of vitellogenesis this transferring becomes particularly massive so that the cell volume significantly reduces, meanwhile in the nucleus the morphological alterations typical of apoptosis appear. To(More)
Gene therapy with adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors is limited by AAV cargo capacity that prevents their application to the inherited retinal diseases (IRDs), such as Stargardt disease (STGD) or Usher syndrome type IB (USH1B), which are due to mutations in genes larger than 5 kb. Trans-splicing or hybrid dual AAV vectors have been successfully exploited(More)
The present work was carried out to clarify the nature and origin of the yolk DNA present in vitellogenic oocytes of the lizard Podarcis sicula. Morphological and biochemical evidences indicate that it has an intrafollicular origin, from the apoptotic bodies resulting from follicle cells regression at the end of previtellogenesis. This conclusion is(More)
Retinal gene therapy with adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors is safe and effective in humans. However, AAV's limited cargo capacity prevents its application to therapies of inherited retinal diseases due to mutations of genes over 5 kb, like Stargardt's disease (STGD) and Usher syndrome type IB (USH1B). Previous methods based on 'forced' packaging of(More)
Given the high genetic heterogeneity of inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs), a wide applicable treatment would be desirable to halt/slow progressive photoreceptor (PR) cell loss in a mutation-independent manner. In addition to its erythropoietic activity, erythropoietin (EPO) presents neurotrophic characteristics. We have previously shown that(More)
To determine whether oogonial proliferation and oocyte recruitment are under control of hypophyseal and/or ovarian factors, we carried out a series of investigations using Podarcis sicula, a lizard inhabiting the temperate lowlands of Europe in which oocyte recruitment occurs throughout the year, as animal model. Germinal beds containing oogonia and oocytes(More)
PURPOSE Mutations in the PDE6B gene cause recessive, severe retinitis pigmentosa (RP). PDE6B encodes the β subunit of the rod-specific phosphodiesterase (βPDE), which, when absent, results in toxic levels of intracellular Ca(2+) and photoreceptor cell death. Ca(2+) blockers, such as nilvadipine, as well as light restriction, slow photoreceptor degeneration(More)
Stargardt disease (STGD1) due to mutations in the large ABCA4 gene is the most common inherited macular degeneration in humans. We have shown that dual adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors effectively transfer ABCA4 to the retina of Abca4-/- mice. However, they express both lower levels of transgene compared with a single AAV and truncated proteins. To(More)
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