Journal article

Studying Age-Related Macular Degeneration Using Animal Models

Erica L Fletcher, Andrew I Jobling, Ursula Greferath, Samuel A Mills, Michelle Waugh, Tracy Ho, Robb U de Iongh, Joanna A Phipps, Kirstan A Vessey

OPTOMETRY AND VISION SCIENCE | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2014

Abstract

Over the recent years, there have been tremendous advances in our understanding of the genetic and environmental factors associated with the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Examination of retinal changes in various animals has aided our understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease. Notably, mouse strains, carrying genetic anomalies similar to those affecting humans, have provided a foundation for understanding how various genetic risk factors affect retinal integrity. However, to date, no single mouse strain that develops all the features of AMD in a progressive age-related manner has been identified. In addition, a mutation present in some background strains has c..

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