Ophthalmic Genetics Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: International Society for Genetic Eye Disease; Ophthalmic Genetics Study Club; International Society for Paediatric Ophthalmology, Informa Healthcare

Current impact factor: 1.46

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.455
2013 Impact Factor 1.233
2012 Impact Factor 1.07
2011 Impact Factor 0.926
2010 Impact Factor 1.333
2009 Impact Factor 1.406
2008 Impact Factor 0.746

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.20
Cited half-life 6.40
Immediacy index 0.25
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.39
Other titles Ophthalmic genetics
ISSN 1744-5094
OCLC 66797920
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Informa Healthcare

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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To describe the genotype and phenotype of patients with autosomal recessive bestrophinopathy (ARB), and heterozygous carriers. Methods: The members of three unrelated ARB families were investigated. Molecular genetic analysis was performed on 11 members of these families. Ten members were examined clinically; including visual acuity, slit-lamp examination, biomicroscopy, fundus photography, and Goldmann applanation tonometry. Measurements were also made of the anterior chamber depth and axial length, and optical coherence tomography (OCT), electrooculography (EOG), and full-field electroretinography (full-field ERG) were performed. Multifocal electroretinography (mfERG) was performed on eight members of these families. Results: Two novel combinations of missense mutations in the BEST1 gene were identified: p.R141H/p.M325T in three patients with ARB in two unrelated Norwegian families, and p.R141H/p.I201T was found in an ARB patient in a Swedish family. All four patients with ARB had clinical and electrophysiological features of ARB. All the heterozygous carriers of the p.R141H mutation were clinically normal, and showed normal OCT, EOG and full-field ERG findings, but had mildly abnormal mfERG results. Only one heterozygous carrier of the p.M325T mutation was studied and he was clinically normal, showing normal OCT and full-field ERG results, but subnormal EOG and mfERG findings. The heterozygous carrier of the p.I201T mutation was clinically normal, showing normal OCT, EOG and full-field ERG results, but subnormal mfERG results. Conclusions: We have shown that the two novel combinations of compound heterozygous mutations p.R141H/p.M325T and p.R141H/p.I201T in the BEST1 gene can also lead to the ARB phenotype.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 09/2015; DOI:10.3109/13816810.2015.1020558
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate risk factors associated with developing polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) lesions in the unaffected fellow eye of patients with unilateral PCV. We studied 179 patients with initial unilateral PCV who were followed up for a period of 24 months or longer to monitor for second eye involvement. All patients underwent genotyping for CFH I62V (rs800292) and ARMS2 A69S (rs10490924) using TaqMan technology. During the follow-up period ranging from 5-180 months, 20 (11.2%) of 179 patients developed PCV in the initially unaffected fellow eye. The risk allele (T) of ARMS2 A69S was significantly more prevalent in patients with second eye involvement compared to those without PCV in the fellow eye (p = 0.0046). Cox regression analysis demonstrated that the ARMS2 A69S genotype is a risk factor for developing PCV in the fellow eye (p = 0.027, odds ratio 2.53, confidence interval 1.11-5.73). Survival analysis revealed that the fellow eye of patients with the risk-associated homozygous genotype (TT) of ARMS2 A69S was affected significantly earlier than those with other genotypes (p = 0.0177, log rank test). Development of PCV in the unaffected fellow eye is associated with ARMS2 A69S genotype in patients with unilateral PCV.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 09/2015; DOI:10.3109/13816810.2015.1020557
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    ABSTRACT: To determine if the frequency of the MMP-2 (-1306 C/T) genotype has an influence on the development of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study enrolled 387 patients with early AMD and a random sample of 682 healthy persons (control group). The genotyping of MMP-2 (-1306 C/T) was carried out using the real-time polymerase chain reaction method. The analysis of the MMP-2 (-1306 C/T) gene polymorphism did not reveal any differences in the genotype distribution between the patients with AMD and the control subjects. When the study population was divided into age groups, the C/C genotype was more prevalent in the AMD patients aged <65 years than those aged ≥65 years (65.19% versus 53.88%, p = 0.0294), and the C/T genotype was more frequent in the AMD patients aged ≥65 years when compared with the AMD patients aged <65 years (40.78% versus 26.52%, p = 0.0037). Moreover, in the female group younger than 65 years, the frequency of the C/C genotype was greater in the AMD group than the control group (75% versus 58.91%, p = 0.0232). This study showed a significantly greater prevalence of the C/C and C/T genotypes in the patients with AMD younger than 65 years and those aged ≥65 years, respectively. Moreover, the AMD women aged <65 years were the carriers of the C/C genotype significantly more frequently than their control counterparts.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 09/2015; DOI:10.3109/13816810.2015.1020556

  • Ophthalmic Genetics 09/2015; DOI:10.3109/13816810.2015.1020559
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    ABSTRACT: The birth of a bilaterally blind child is catastrophic for families and a challenging diagnostic and management problem for ophthalmologists. Early identification of the underlying cause and its genetic basis helps initiate possible treatment, delineate prognosis, and identify risks for future pregnancies. In some cases, an early diagnosis can also influence the treatment of other family members. We report two sisters with bilateral retinal detachment and retro-lental masses from birth with no detectable NDP or FZD4 mutations. They were born to parents without detectable retinal anomalies. At 1 year of age, the elder sister had low impact bone fractures, and further evaluation identified severe osteopenia and multiple spinal compression fractures. Molecular testing identified biallelic lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) mutations (NM_002335.3:c. [889dupA]; [2827 + 1G > A]) confirming a diagnosis of osteoporosis-pseudoglioma (OPPG) syndrome. After this diagnosis, the father and mother were found to have low bone mass and the father started on therapy. We conclude that early detection of LRP5 mutations is important for initiation of treatment of reduced bone density in the patients and their carrier relatives.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 05/2015; 36(3):1-5. DOI:10.3109/13816810.2015.1016240
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Purpose: To report the phenotypes caused by a novel mutation in the PDE6B gene in a family with two affected siblings and one affected cousin with a 2-year follow-up. Design: Three patients from a family with a history of retinitis pigmentosa underwent clinical evaluations. The affected patients' DNA was analyzed using next-generation sequencing and segregation analyses were performed for the family. Setting: Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, New York Presbyterian Hospital. Participants: Two siblings, one cousin, and five unaffected family members. Main outcome measures: Macular appearance assessed by funduscopy, autofluorescence imaging, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and visual function assessed by electroretinography. Results: The proband, brother, and cousin had rod-cone degeneration with cystoid macular edema. Fundus autofluorescence showed hyperautofluorescent ring constriction over time. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography revealed retinal pigment epithelium atrophy, loss of external limiting membrane, retinal layer thinning, and reduction in ellipsoid zone length over time. Next-generation whole exome sequencing revealed a homozygous c.1923_1969ins6del47 nonsense PDE6B mutation, which has not been previously described, that segregated with the disease in the family. Conclusions: The homozygous PDE6B mutation causes retinitis pigmentosa. Acetazolamide treatment improved visual acuity but rod degeneration continued. Despite having the same mutation and living in the same environment, the proband's brother progressed at a faster rate starting at a younger age, suggesting that gene modifiers may influence the expressivity of the phenotype. Next-generation sequencing, used to discover this mutation, is a practical new technology that can detect novel disease-causing alleles, where previous arrayed primer extension (APEX) technology could not.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 05/2014; 35(3):1-9. DOI:10.3109/13816810.2014.915328
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To describe and compare ocular findings in patients with Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS) type 1 and 3. Methods: This is a retrospective case series of 64 patients with HPS from 1999 to 2009 evaluated at an outpatient private ophthalmologic clinic. Patients underwent genetic analysis of selected albinism (Tyrosine and P gene) and HPS genes (HPS-1 and HPS-3) by screening for common mutations and exon sequencing with DNA screening. Descriptive and non-parametric statistical analyses were carried out. Results: Nearly 70% of the patients were homozygous for common Puerto Rican mutations leading to the HPS1 gene (16-BP DUP, 53.6%), while 30% had the 3904-BP DEL HPS3 gene mutation. Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was poorer in patients with type 1 HPS than in patients with type 3 HPS (p < 0.001), esotropia was more common among type 1 HPS patients (p < 0.018), while exotropia was more common among patients with type 3 HPS. Total iris transillumination was more common in patients with type 1 HPS and minimal iris transillumination in patients with type 3 HPS (p < 0.001). The maculae were translucent in patients with type 1 HPS, while patients with type 3 HPS had opaque maculae (p < 0.001). Conclusions: Patients with type 1 HPS had poorer BCVA, increased incidence of esotropia, lighter iris and macular appearance. In contrast, patients with type 3 HPS had more exotropia. In addition, to our knowledge this is the largest series type 3 HPS ever reported.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 04/2014; DOI:10.3109/13816810.2014.907920
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Background: Pseudoxanthoma elasticum is an inherited disorder of connective tissue characterized, among other symptoms, by impaired vision. Objective: To evaluate the nature and age of onset of ophthalmologic manifestations in pseudoxanthoma elasticum. Patients and Methods: Forty consecutive patients affected with pseudoxanthoma elasticum underwent measurements of their refractive error and visual acuity, together with slit-lamp examination. Results: The mean age of the patients (8 M, 32 F) was 43.35 years. Fifty-seven eyes (33 patients, mean age: 40.75 years) had a BCVA >20/50 whereas 23 eyes in 16 patients (mean age: 53.31 years) had ≤20/50. Seven patients (17.50%), all but one over 52 years old, were visually disabled. BCVA ≤20/50 in at least one eye was observed in 73.33% of patients of 52 years old or older and in 20.00% of patients younger than 52, respectively. Angioid streaks were observed in 75 eyes (93.75%) and extended toward the macula in 51 eyes from 29 patients. Macular involvement was observed for the first time at a mean age of 44.28 years. Neovascularization was observed in 28 eyes (17 patients; mean age: 51.70 years), all with poor BCVA. Conclusion: Macular choroidal neovascularization is frequent in pseudoxanthoma elasticum, and accounts for the poor ophthalmologic natural history of the disease. Patients should be advised to self-monitor their visual acuity using the Amsler grid. The frequency of choroidal neovascularization appears age-dependent, suggesting that bi-yearly fundus examination is appropriate in young patients whereas patients older than 40 should be examined twice a year.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 04/2014; DOI:10.3109/13816810.2014.886268
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    Ophthalmic Genetics 04/2014; 35(3). DOI:10.3109/13816810.2014.903983
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Ephrin receptors (Ephs) are tyrosine kinases that together with their ligands, ephrins, are considered important in cell-cell communication, especially during embryogenesis but also for epithelium homeostasis. Studies have demonstrated the involvement of mutations or common variants of the gene encoding Eph receptor A2 (EPHA2), in congenital cataract and in age-related cataract. This study investigated a number of disease-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in EPHA2 in patients with age-related cataract. Materials and methods: The study included 491 Estonian patients who had surgery for age-related cataract, classified as nuclear, cortical, posterior subcapsular and mixed lens opacities, and 185 controls of the same ethnical origin. Seven SNPs in EPHA2 (rs7543472, rs11260867, rs7548209, rs3768293, rs6603867, rs6678616, rs477558) were genotyped using TaqMan Allelic Discrimination. Statistical analyses for single factor associations used χ(2)-test and logistic regression was performed including relevant covariates (age, sex and smoking). Results: In single-SNP allele analysis, only the rs7543472 showed a borderline significant association with risk of cataract (p = 0.048). Regression analysis with known risk factors for cataract showed no significant associations of the studied SNPs with cataract. Stratification by cataract subtype did not alter the results. Adjusted odds ratios were between 0.82 and 1.16 (95% confidence interval 0.61-1.60). Conclusions: The present study does not support a major role of EphA2 in cataractogenesis in an Estonian population.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 03/2014; 36(2). DOI:10.3109/13816810.2014.902080
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    ABSTRACT: Background: MSX2 mutations are a very rare cause of craniosynostosis. Gain-of-function mutations may lead to the Boston-type craniosynostosis with limb defects and refraction errors, whereas loss-of-function mutations causes primary osseous defects such as enlarged parietal foramina. Materials and methods: Herein we report the case of a child with bicoronal synostosis and cutaneous syndactylies, who presented iridal and chorioretinal colobomas. Due to the craniofacial features that were prominent in the clinical picture, the genes involved in craniosynostosis were explored. Results: The patient disclosed an intragenic duplication of the entire MSX2 gene whereas no mutation was identified in any major genes known to be involved in craniosynostosis. Conclusion: This is the first report of an eye development defect due to an increase in the MSX2 copy number in a human being. The implication of this gene in eye development has already been shown in several animal models. Indeed, overexpression of the Msx2 gene in a mouse model resulted also in optic nerve aplasia and microphthalmia. This report expands the phenotypic spectrum of the MSX2 mutations impacting early ocular development knowledge.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 03/2014; DOI:10.3109/13816810.2014.886270
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is one of the most common microvascular complications of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and is polygenic with a multitude of genes contributing to disease susceptibility. The present study aimed at exploring the association between DR and seven polymorphisms in oxidative stress-related genes, i.e. ACE, eNOS, p22phox subunit of NAD(P)H oxidase, PARP-1 and XRCC1 in South Indian T2DM subjects. Materials and methods: The study included 149 T2DM subjects with DR (diagnosed through funduscopic examination) and 162 T2DM patients with no evidence of DR. The selected polymorphisms were genotyped by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Taqman allele discrimination assay. Results: There was no significant difference in the genotype and allele distribution of ACE ins/del, eNOS-786T>C, 894G>T, 4a4b and p22phox 242C>T polymorphisms between T2DM groups with and without DR. Contrastingly, there appeared to be a significant association of PARP-1 Val762Ala and XRCC1 Arg399Gln polymorphisms with DR, wherein 762Ala allele seemed to confer significant protection against DR (p = 0.01; OR = 0.51 [0.3-0.86]), while the presence of 399Gln allele was associated with an enhanced risk for DR (p = 0.02; OR = 1.52 [1.07-2.15]). Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed a significant and independent association of Val762Ala and Arg399Gln polymorphisms and other putative risk factors with DR in T2DM individuals. Conclusions: The polymorphisms in the DNA repair genes PARP-1 and XRCC1 tended to associate significantly with DR. While Val762Ala polymorphism was associated with reduced susceptibility to DR, the Arg399Gln polymorphism contributed an elevated to risk for DR in South-Indian T2DM individuals.
    Ophthalmic Genetics 03/2014; DOI:10.3109/13816810.2014.895015