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OBJECTIVE Choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is a major cause of vision loss in retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Previously, we demonstrated that semaphorin3A (Sema3A), which is a chemorepellent guidance molecule, inhibited the formation of retina neovascularization. In the present study, we investigated the antiangiogenic(More)
BACKGROUND Age-related degeneration (AMD) and asthma are both diseases that are related to the activation of the complement system. The association between AMD and asthma has been debated in previous studies. The authors investigated the relationship between AMD and asthma systemically. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS The epidemiological study showed that asthma was(More)
PURPOSE Semaphorin 3A (Sema3A), a chemorepellant guidance protein, has been shown to be crucial for neural and vascular remodeling. This study is designed to examine the effects of Sema3A on RPE cell activity both in vitro and in vivo. METHODS Retinal pigment epithelial were incubated with Sema3A, or VEGF- and Sema3A-containing medium. Cell proliferation,(More)
PURPOSE SLIT-ROBO signaling acts as a cue in neuronal guidance and plays a role in vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. The aim of this study is to explore the effects of robo1 and slit2 on the formation of fibrovascular membranes (FVMs) in samples from patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The effects of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) on(More)
KH902 is a fusion protein derived from the extracellular domains of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptors 1 and 2 and the Fc portion of immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1). Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an eye disease that affects premature babies who have received intensive neonatal care, and the disorganization of retinal blood vessels may result(More)
PURPOSE Robo4, a member of the roundabout (Robo) family, acts as a neuronal guidance receptor and plays some role in vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. This study investigated the effect of Robo4 on the formation of fibrovascular membranes (FVMs) from patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and its roles in choroid-retina endothelial (RF/6A) and(More)
PURPOSE Recent research has provided novel but contrary insight into the function of Slit2-Robo signaling in angiogenesis. Although the role of Robo in choroidal neovascularization (CNV) has been studied, the effect of its ligand, Slit2, on CNV development is unclear. This study investigated the role of endogenous Slit2 in CNV and the possible mechanisms.(More)
Age-related maculopathy susceptibility 2(ARMS2) was suggested to be associated with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) in multiple genetic studies in Caucasians and Japanese. To date, no biological properties have been attributed to the putative protein in nAMD and PCV. The complete genes of ARMS2(More)
OBJECTIVE Pathological retinal angiogenesis is a major cause of vision loss. Semaphorin 3A (Sema3A), a chemorepellent guidance protein, plays crucial roles in neural and vascular patterning. To identify its role in retinal neovascularization, we investigated its antiangiogenic effects. METHODS Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were used for(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether 11 variants in complement factor H gene contributed differently in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) of Chinese descent. METHODS We performed a case-control study in a group of Chinese patients with nAMD (n = 344) or PCV (n = 368) and contrasted the(More)