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Heba Fahmy

Lecturer, Biophysics Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University


The aim of this study was to develop novel liposomal drug carriers for ocular delivery of Latanopros

Glaucoma is an optic neuropathy disease that is considered to be the second leading cause of blindness worldwide after cataract. Latanoprost (LAT) is a type of Prostaglandin derivative that has been used for lowering IOPin open angle glaucoma. The objective of this study was to develop novel liposomal formulations of Latanoprost, Tymoquinone (extract of a natural herb) and a combination of both for subconjunctival injection and to evaluate their basic in-vitro characteristics, besides their in-vivo effects on the IOP in glaucomatous albino rabbits.


When Is Evidence Enough Evidence? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Trabectome as a Solo Procedure in Patients with Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma.

Abstract: The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to examine the availability of evidence for one of the earliest available minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) procedures, the Trabectome. Various databases were searched up to December 20, 2016, for any published studies assessing the use of the Trabectome as a solo procedure in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). The standardized mean differences (SMD) were calculated for the change in intraocular pressure (IOP) and number of glaucoma mediations used at 1-month, 6-month, and 12-month follow-up. After screening, three studies and one abstract with analyzable data were included. The meta-analysis showed statistically significant reductions in IOP and number of glaucoma medications used at all time points. Though the Trabectome as a solo procedure appears to lower IOP and reduces the number of glaucoma medications, more high-quality studies are required to make definitive conclusions. The difficulty of obtaining evidence may be one of the many obstacles that limit a full understanding of the potential safety and/or efficacy benefits compared to standard treatments. The time has come for a thoughtful and integrated approach with stakeholders to determine optimal access to care strategies for our patients.

Pub.: 26 Jul '17, Pinned: 28 Jul '17

[Studying the association between genetic polymorphism of growth factors and the development of primary open-angle glaucoma].

Abstract: Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is a multifactorial disease, etiopathogenesis of which largely depends on growth factors. Possessing a variety of medical and biological effects, these cytokines may influence the development and progression of POAG.to reveal the role of genetic polymorphisms of growth factors in predisposition to developing POAG that is refractory to local hypotensive therapy.The object of the study were 162 patients with stage II-III POAG, in whom local hypotensive therapy was inefficient, 90 patients with stage II-III POAG well controlled on local hypotensive therapy, and 191 controls. The material for the study was venous blood taken from the cubital vein of a proband. Isolation of genomic DNA was performed by phenol-chloroform extraction. Analysis of genetic polymorphisms of growth factors was performed through allelic discrimination. For that, synthesis of DNA was carried out via polymerase chain reaction (PCR).It is found that the T IGFR-1 genetic variant (OR=1.34) and a combination of the C VEGF-A and T IGFR-1 genetic variants (OR=1.90) are risk factors of developing POAG that is refractory to local hypotensive therapy. A statistical model for predicting such a risk has been proposed that includes: VEGF-A с.-958C>T genetic marker (rs 833,061), age, concomitant non-inflammatory ocular diseases, microvascular changes in the conjunctiva, the degree of pigmentation of the angle of the anterior chamber, and pseudoexfoliative syndrome. Recognition accuracy of the model is 90.42%.The T IGFR-1 genetic variant and a combination of the C VEGF-A and T IGFR-1 genetic variants increase the risk of developing POAG that is refractory to local hypotensive therapy.

Pub.: 27 Jul '17, Pinned: 28 Jul '17

Cognitive evaluation of patients with glaucoma and its comparison with individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Abstract: To evaluate the cognitive performance of patients with glaucoma and compare it to individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD).This is a prospective, cross-sectional and case-control study. All subjects were assessed using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and its subtests verbal fluency, word list memory, delayed recall of the word list, word list recognition test, Boston naming and constructive praxis from Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease (CERAD). The results were compared among the groups.A total of 50 healthy elderly with a mean age of 71.2 ± 5.2 years; 41 patients with glaucoma (72.2 ± 4.4 years); and 21 patients with AD (79.0 ± 7.6 years) were included. There was a reduction in all cognitive assessment tests evaluated, both for patients with glaucoma, and for those with AD compared with controls (p < 0.001 for all). Comparing the patients with glaucoma and AD, it was noted that the last had lower cognitive function (p < 0.001), except for the CERAD tests Boston (p = 0.1) and praxis (p = 0.6). Glaucoma patients, however, presented results of cognitive tests similar to those described for patients with mild AD, including lower values for MMSE (21.9 ± 3.7), Boston (10.6 ± 2.6) and praxis (5.9 ± 2.3).Glaucoma patients had reduction in cognition when compared to normal individuals. They were similar to the values reported in the literature for patients with mild AD, mostly, and also in some subjects with the presence of advanced AD.

Pub.: 27 Jul '17, Pinned: 28 Jul '17