Breakthrough in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Therapy

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have made a major breakthrough with important implications for sufferers of the eye disease Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which can cause central blindness in sufferers.

 The scientists found that a component of the immune system, ‘IL-18’, acts as a guardian of eyesight by suppressing the production of damaging  behind the retina at the back of the eye. In addition, in pre-clinical models, it was shown that ‘IL-18’ can be administered in a non-invasive way, which could represent a major improvement on the current therapeutic options that are open to patients.
 
The Trinity scientists found that IL-18 directly inhibits VEGF production, and that it can work as effectively as the current treatment when administered via a non-invasive intravenous injection in pre-clinical settings.
 
for more info:
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-scientists-major-breakthrough-age-related-macular.html
 
http://www.insidermedicine.ca/archives/Potential_breakthrough_in_way_agerelated_macular_degeneration_is_treated_7824.aspx
 
 
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