Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Protein for Healthy Retina Found

“Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in collaboration with researchers at the Salk Institute in California, have found for the first time that a specific protein is essential not only for maintaining a healthy retina in the eye, but also may have implications for understanding and possibly treating other conditions in the immune, reproductive, vascular and nervous systems, as well as in various cancers.” That's the lede of a Midwest Lenspost. Read more.

At the same time, “research led by Minghao Jin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence, has found a protein that protects retinal photoreceptor cells from degeneration caused by light damage,” reports Science Daily. “This protein may provide a new therapeutic target for both an inherited retinal degenerative disease and age-related macular degeneration.” Read more.

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