Cellular-level phenotyping of retinitis pigmentosa with adaptive optics

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited retinal degenerations that involve multiple genes. A new study published in the Ophthalmic Genetics journal investigated the retinal phenotype associated with a rare mutation in the hexokinase 1 gene.

The authors, a team led by Prof. Shuhei Kameya at Nippon Medical School, used an rtx1™ Adaptive Optics Retinal Camera to examine photoreceptor cells in a family of patients. Adaptive optics images revealed a clear association between the gene mutation and losses in cone photoreceptors, even in the absence of visual symptoms.

The disease progression is slow, and symptoms begin in the late 40s, although a reduction in the cone photoreceptor density begins in the teenage years Dr. Daiki Kubota and co-authors, Nippon Medical School

In inherited retinal diseases, adaptive optics imaging is increasingly used for assessing cellular damage, which occurs years before other clinical manifestations.

Adaptive optics images of eyes with and without mutation in the HK1 gene causing retinitis pigmentosa

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Article reference : Kubota, D. et al. High-Resolution Photoreceptor Imaging Analysis of Patients with Autosomal Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa (adRP) caused by HK1 mutation. Ophthalmic Genetics (2020) DOI:10.1080/13816810.2020.1810284