H Matsunaga

Kansai Medical University, Moriguchi, Osaka-fu, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: It has been suggested that replicative senescence might be involved in the pathophysiology of age-related diseases. To study the process of senescence in trabecular meshwork (TM) cells. Porcine TM tissues were obtained and placed in primary cultures with Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium/Ham's F-12 medium. After 2-3 weeks, migrated and proliferated TM cells were trypsinised and cultured in serial passages, and identified with fluorescein-labelled low-density lipoprotein (DiI-Ac-LDL), a marker of TM cells. Staining for senescence-related beta-galactosidase activity was performed at population doubling level (PDL) 2, 8 and 16 at pH 6. Terminal restriction fragment (TRF) length was examined by Southern blot analysis using a (32)P-labelled telomere-specific sequence (TTAGGG)(3) at each PDL. DiI-Ac-LDL staining revealed that most (nearly 100%) of the cells in the culture were TM cells, which were flattened in shape and positive for senescence-related beta-galactosidase staining at PDL 16. Reduction of TRF length as a function of population doubling was also shown. TM cells exhibited characteristics of senescence at PDL 16 in vitro. The results demonstrated that cellular senescence may be related to the pathophysiology of primary open-angle glaucoma.
    British Journal of Ophthalmology 07/2007; 91(6):808-11. · 2.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) is a strong inhibitor of angiogenesis. Eyes with diabetic retinopathy have low levels of ocular PEDF; however, the PEDF levels in the blood of diabetics have still not been determined. Our objective was to determine the plasma levels of PEDF in diabetic patients and to determine the relationship with the stage of the diabetic retinopathy. This study was designed as a cross-sectional, institutional study. A total of 145 Japanese were studied; 112 had type 2 diabetes mellitus, and 33 were healthy controls. There was no intervention. The plasma level of PEDF was measured by ELISA, and the stage of diabetic retinopathy was determined by ophthalmic examinations. Clinical systemic status of diabetic patients was also examined. The plasma PEDF level in diabetic patients (6.68 +/- 0.54 microg/ml; mean +/- sem) was significantly higher than that in controls (4.38 +/- 0.59 microg/ml, P = 0.03), and the level was especially high in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (7.78 +/- 0.98 microg/ml; n = 45; P = 0.005). The gender (P = 0.03), blood urea nitrogen (P = 0.005), and triglycerides (P = 0.04) were significant and independent determinants of plasma PEDF levels in diabetic patients. The PEDF level in the plasma was significantly elevated in diabetic patients, especially those with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. High levels of PEDF in the plasma may be related to the progression of diabetic retinopathy.
    Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &amp Metabolism 04/2007; 92(3):1176-9. · 6.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The present study was performed to clarify the long-term natural history of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). Prospective, consecutive observational case series. Fourteen eyes of 12 consecutive patients with PCV were prospectively followed in our clinic for at least 2 years without any treatment after a first visit to the clinic between February 1996 and November 1998. All patients underwent complete ophthalmologic examination, color fundus photography, and fluorescein and indocyanine green (ICG) angiography at regular intervals. Inclusion criteria were as follows: eyes had serous and/or hemorrhagic pigment epithelium detachment (PED) and retinal detachment in the posterior pole, and ICG angiography revealed a branching vascular network with polypoidal dilations at the terminals of the network. Exclusion criteria were as follows: other diseases such as exudative age-related macular degeneration, high myopia, angioid streaks, and presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome, and patients who previously underwent any ocular surgery. Patients were followed for mean of 39.9 months (range, 24-54 months). PCV was present in 10 (83%) men and two women and in the elderly (mean age 68.1 years), usually unilateral (83%) with vascular lesions located at the macula (93%). The PCV manifested in two patterns, exudative and hemorrhagic. In the exudative pattern, serous PED and retinal detachment were predominant at the macula. The hemorrhagic pattern was characterized by hemorrhagic PED and subretinal hemorrhage at the macula. ICG angiography revealed polypoidal choroidal neovascularization that was changeable in appearance and repeatedly grew and spontaneously regressed, but the vascular network persisted. In some eyes, a collection of small aneurysmal dilations of vessels resembling a cluster of grapes appeared and all of them had marked bleeding and leakage and worse outcome. Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy is a long persistent chronic disease and the patients had a variable course. Fifty percent of the patients had a favorable course. In the remaining half of the patients, the disorder persisted for a long time with occasional repeated bleeding and leakage, resulting in macular degeneration and visual loss. Eyes with a cluster of grapes-like polypoidal dilatations of the vessels had a high risk for severe visual loss.
    American Journal of Ophthalmology 06/2002; 133(5):639-48. · 4.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: The present study was performed to clarify the long-term natural history of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV).DESIGN: Prospective, consecutive observational case series.METHODS: Fourteen eyes of 12 consecutive patients with PCV were prospectively followed in our clinic for at least 2 years without any treatment after a first visit to the clinic between February 1996 and November 1998. All patients underwent complete ophthalmologic examination, color fundus photography, and fluorescein and indocyanine green (ICG) angiography at regular intervals. Inclusion criteria were as follows: eyes had serous and/or hemorrhagic pigment epithelium detachment (PED) and retinal detachment in the posterior pole, and ICG angiography revealed a branching vascular network with polypoidal dilations at the terminals of the network. Exclusion criteria were as follows: other diseases such as exudative age-related macular degeneration, high myopia, angioid streaks, and presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome, and patients who previously underwent any ocular surgery.RESULTS: Patients were followed for mean of 39.9 months (range, 24–54 months). PCV was present in 10 (83%) men and two women and in the elderly (mean age 68.1 years), usually unilateral (83%) with vascular lesions located at the macula (93%). The PCV manifested in two patterns, exudative and hemorrhagic. In the exudative pattern, serous PED and retinal detachment were predominant at the macula. The hemorrhagic pattern was characterized by hemorrhagic PED and subretinal hemorrhage at the macula. ICG angiography revealed polypoidal choroidal neovascularization that was changeable in appearance and repeatedly grew and spontaneously regressed, but the vascular network persisted. In some eyes, a collection of small aneurysmal dilations of vessels resembling a cluster of grapes appeared and all of them had marked bleeding and leakage and worse outcome.CONCLUSION: Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy is a long persistent chronic disease and the patients had a variable course. Fifty percent of the patients had a favorable course. In the remaining half of the patients, the disorder persisted for a long time with occasional repeated bleeding and leakage, resulting in macular degeneration and visual loss. Eyes with a cluster of grapes-like polypoidal dilatations of the vessels had a high risk for severe visual loss.
    American Journal of Ophthalmology - AMER J OPHTHALMOL. 01/2002; 133(5):639-648.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the effect of culture density on the steady state mRNA levels of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) when retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells are subjected to oxidative stress in vitro. Subconfluent and confluent cultures of the established RPE cell line ARPE-19, were treated with increasing concentrations of tert-butyl hydroperoxide (tBH) or hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)). Cell viability was measured using the WST-1 assay, and intracellular reactive oxygen intermediate (ROI) production was quantified by dichlorofluoroscein (DCF) fluorescence. Steady state changes in heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and FGF-2 mRNAs were measured by Northern blot analysis. Confluent cultures of ARPE-19 cells were less susceptible than subconfluent cultures to the toxic effects of the chemical oxidants. The intracellular reactive oxygen intermediate production was higher in subconfluent than confluent cultures with increasing tBH concentration. At nontoxic concentrations of tBH and H(2)O(2), a dose dependent increase in FGF-2 expression was seen as a function of culture density. FGF-2 mRNA expression was induced after tBH treatment in subconfluent, but not confluent cells. On the other hand, FGF-2 mRNA induction was observed after H(2)O( 2) treatment in confluent, but not subconfluent cultures. In contrast, no density dependent induction of HO-1 mRNA was seen after treatment with either tBH or H(2)O(2). These results suggest that care should be taken to control for cell density in similar types of in vitro experiments.
    Current Eye Research 10/2001; 23(3):226-31. · 1.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the effect of culture density on the steady state mRNA levels of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) when retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells are subjected to oxidative stress in vitro. Methods. Subconfluent and confluent cultures of the established RPE cell line ARPE-19, were treated with increasing concentrations of tert-butyl hydroperoxide (tBH) or hydrogen peroxide (H 2 O 2) . Cell viability was measured using the WST-1 assay, and intracellular reactive oxygen intermediate (ROI) production was quantified by dichlorofluoroscein (DCF) fluorescence. Steady state changes in heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and FGF-2 mRNAs were measured by Northern blot analysis. Results. Confluent cultures of ARPE-19 cells were less susceptible than subconfluent cultures to the toxic effects of the chemical oxidants. The intracellular reactive oxygen intermediate production was higher in subconfluent than confluent cultres with increasing tBH concentration. At nontoxic concentrations of tBH and H 2 O 2, a dose dependent increase in FGF-2 expression was seen as a function of culture density. FGF-2 mRNA expression was induced after tBH treatment in subconfluent, but not confluent cells. On the other hand, FGF-2 mRNA induction was observed after H 2 O 2 treatment in confluent, but not subconfluent cultures. In contrast, no density dependent induction of HO-1 mRNA was seen after treatment with either tBH or H 2 O 2. Conclusions. These results suggest that care should be taken to control for cell density in similar types of in vitro experiments.
    Current Eye Research - CURR EYE RES. 01/2001; 23(3):226-231.
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    ABSTRACT: To clarify clinical features and pathophysiology and to evaluate surgical outcome of subscleral sclerectomy for primary uveal effusion syndrome. Prospective, consecutive noncomparative case series. Nineteen eyes of 16 patients diagnosed with uveal effusion syndrome treated in our clinic between 1989 and 1998. Patients were examined by routine ophthalmologic examinations, fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography; measurement of the axial length of the eyeball; magnetic resonance imaging; and echography. Subscleral sclerectomy (sclerectomy under the scleral flap) was performed at the equator on all patients. Histologic examination of excised sclera was carried out on all samples. Patients were followed for outcome over time. Reattachment of the choroid and retina with resolution of the serous fluid. Three subgroups were identified: In type 1, nanophthalmic eye; the eyeball is small (average axial length 16 mm) and high hypermetropic (average +16 diopters); in type 2, the eyeball size is normal (average axial length 21 mm) with small refractive error; and in type 3, the eyeball size is normal. Histologically, types 1 and 2 demonstrated abnormal sclera with disorganization of collagen fiber bundles and deposits of proteoglycans in the matrix, whereas type 3 showed normal sclera. Subscleral sclerectomy was effective for types 1 and 2, inducing postoperative resolution of the subretinal fluid. However, type 3 eyes were not helped by this technique. Primary uveal effusion syndrome is caused by abnormalities of the sclera and increased resistance to transscleral fluid outflow as subscleral sclerectomy is an effective treatment in types 1 and 2 only, correct preoperative classification is essential for early surgical management.
    Ophthalmology 04/2000; 107(3):441-9. · 5.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PurposeTo clarify clinical features and pathophysiology and to evaluate surgical outcome of subscleral sclerectomy for primary uveal effusion syndrome.
    Ophthalmology 01/2000; 107(3):441-449. · 5.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the changes in expression of a set of genes in a single retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell line and two fibroblast cell lines as controls under culture conditions previously used for the analysis of senescent gene expression. A single human RPE cell line, which had previously been characterized using known markers of senescence, and two fibroblast cell lines were grown to replicative exhaustion. The mRNA phenotype of genes known to be altered by senescence were studied by quantitative Northern analysis. The mRNA phenotype of cells changes at replicative senescence yielding a synthetic phenotype which is similar to cells found in repairing wounds. Of the genes studied, urokinase-type plasminogen activator and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 were regulated in RPE cells similar to fibroblasts at senescence. The largest changes noted for any single gene were the upregulation of insulin growth factor binding protein 2, and the downregulation of collagen I alpha 2, basic fibroblast growth factor, and fibroblast growth factor-5. This study demonstrates an altered mRNA phenotype of a human RPE cell line grown to replicative exhaustion. This analysis of a single cell line emphasizes the variability of results based on a single cell line or tissue specimen and indicates the need for additional study.
    Molecular vision 12/1999; 5:39. · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To describe the vascular nature and clinical features of idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in Japanese patients. Patients thought to have idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy were examined with binocular ophthalmoscopy, slitlamp biomicroscopy with a contact lens, fluorescein angiography, and indocyanine green angiography. From January 1993 to December 1997, 35 eyes in 32 patients were diagnosed as having idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy. Men were predominantly affected (22 patients [69%]). Most patients were unilaterally involved (29 patients [91%]) and elderly, with a mean age of 65.7 years (range, 44-82 years). Ocular manifestations were relatively mild, with serous or hemorrhagic detachments of the retinal pigment epithelium and neurosensory retina in the posterior pole. Most patients had a favorable course, although some experienced recurrence, and a few eyes developed disciform scarring. In all patients, indocyanine green angiograms demonstrated branching vascular networks with polypoidal dilations at terminals of the network beneath the retinal pigment epithelium. These lesions were mostly in the macula (33 eyes [94%]), with a few in the peripapillary area. Idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy in Japanese patients differs from that in American patients. It seems that this disorder occurs in elderly Japanese patients and should be treated as a distinct clinical entity. It is probably a peculiar form of choroidal neovascularization beneath the retinal pigment epithelium. We propose the term "polypoidal choroidal neovascularization" for this disorder.
    Archives of Ophthalmology 09/1999; 117(8):1035-42. · 3.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the histological localization of indocyanine green (ICG) in the healthy rat eye and to correlate this with ICG angiographic findings. After intravenous ICG dye injection, the rat eyes were enucleated and processed by freeze-substitution fixation with acetone. The tissue sections were stimulated with an 805-nm diode laser and observed with an infrared microscope with an intensified charge coupled device camera. The histological examinations of ICG localization were correlated with the ICG angiographic images. ICG dye did not leak from the retinal and iris vessels. However, in the choroid, extravasation of ICG from the choriocapillaris was observed. The extravascular ICG from the choriocapillaris slowly diffused to the choroidal stroma but did not diffuse to the neurosensory retina through the retinal pigment epithelium. Change in the localization of ICG in ocular tissue was demonstrated in the ICG angiographic findings. These results help to interpret clinical ICG angiographic findings.
    Nippon Ganka Gakkai zasshi 08/1999; 103(7):497-505.
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    ABSTRACT: To determine whether there is an age-related increase of pentosidine in human Bruch's membranes and to localize pentosidine and carboxymethyllysine (CML), two well-characterized, advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in aged human Bruch's membranes and choroid in vivo. Human Bruch's membrane samples were isolated from the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and choroid and subjected to reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography to determine pentosidine content. A polyclonal anti-pentosidine antibody and a monoclonal antibody specific for carboxymethyllysine were used to localize AGEs in 20-month-old nondiabetic, 82-year-old nondiabetic, and 82-year-old diabetic globes. Human Bruch's membranes (n = 20) showed a linear age-dependent increase in pentosidine that reached approximately 0.17 millimoles pentosidine per mole hydroxyproline in late life (r = 0.896; P < 0.001). Immunohistochemical evaluation showed evidence of pentosidine in Bruch's membrane, choroidal extracellular matrix, and vessel walls in the 82-year-old nondiabetic and diabetic globes. A similar staining pattern was found with the anti-CML antibody. Basal laminar deposits and drusen stained with both antibodies in the elderly nondiabetic eye. In contrast, neither antibody stained the 20-month-old tissue. We provide biochemical and immunohistochemical evidence for the formation of pentosidine and CML structures in human Bruch's membrane and choroid with age. These changes could promote aging of the RPE-Bruch's membrane-choroid complex.
    Investigative Ophthalmology &amp Visual Science 03/1999; 40(3):775-9. · 3.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the relation of senescence-related beta-galactosidase activity and telomere shortening to replicative senescence in cultured human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. A human RPE cell line was serially passaged until 80% of cells were nondividing in a 72-hour 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) labeling study. Early- and late-passage cells were double-stained for BrdU and senescence-related beta-galactosidase activity (pH 6). The average chromosomal telomere length at several population doublings was estimated by Southern blot analysis after double digestion of DNA with RsaI and HinfI and using a telomere-specific probe. BrdU-beta-galactosidase double-staining revealed an inverse correlation between the number of BrdU-labeled nuclei and beta-galactosidase-labeled cells as a function of population doubling level (PDL). At PDL 58, only 20% of all cells labeled for BrdU, whereas 57% stained for beta-galactosidase. The mean terminal restriction fragment length (TRF) was reduced from 10 kb in early (PDL 12) cultures to 4 kb in late (PDL 57) cultures. Senescence-related beta-galactosidase activity and mean TRF length may prove useful in studying the senescence of RPE cells in vitro. These techniques may be valuable in determining senescence of the retinal pigment epithelium in vivo, where senescent RPE cells could be involved in the development of age-related maculopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
    Investigative Ophthalmology &amp Visual Science 02/1999; 40(1):197-202. · 3.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To clarify the pathophysiology of multifocal posterior pigment epitheliopathy (MPPE), or bullous retinal detachment (RD)-an unusual manifestation of central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC)-we evaluated indocyanine green (ICG) angiographic findings of patients with MPPE. Indocyanine green angiography was performed on 45 eyes of 26 patients with MPPE in our clinic during a 4-year period and compared with clinical and fluorescein angiographic (FA) findings. Ophthalmoscopically, in the posterior pole there were multiple yellowish-white retinal exudations, associated with flat, serous RD and bullous RD in the lower periphery. Fluorescein angiography demonstrated multiple massive leakages from the choroid into the subretinal space. These leakage sites corresponded to the retinal exudations. Indocyanine green angiography showed hyperfluorescence in the posterior pole of the choroid. The hyperfluorescence was first seen in the middle phase and became prominent in the late phase. This finding seems to be due to extravasation from the choriocapillaris. After laser photocoagulation of the leakage sites seen on FA, the leakages stopped and the retinal exudations and RD were resolved. Indocyanine green angiography, however, revealed hyperfluorescence in the posterior pole that was seen in active stage. These ICG angiographic findings for MPPE show that hyperpermeability of the choroidal vessels may be the primary causative lesion. This is followed by an intrastromal accumulation of the extravasated choroidal fluid, which may be subclinical. Involvement of the retinal pigment epithelium may be secondary, and then the disease becomes manifest with RD. In MPPE, a severe form of CSC, the retinal pigment epithelium is involved extensively and widely, and prognosis is unfavorable. We conclude that MPPE and CSC represent opposite ends of a common morbid spectrum.
    Retina 02/1999; 19(1):12-21. · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Advanced glycation endproducts have been implicated in a number of diabetic and aging changes. Some of these effects occur in part through induction of cytokines such as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), which is expressed by the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). In this study, cultures of RPE were evaluated for PDGF expression after treatment with pentosidine, a well characterized advanced glycation endproduct. Northern analysis provided evidence for the increased expression of a 3.7 kb PDGF-B transcript over unstimulated controls in the established ARPE-19 cell line. Western analysis demonstrated increased PDGF-BB protein in conditioned medium compared to controls of ARPE-19 cells. In addition, two different early passage cultures of RPE showed increased PDGF-BB protein after pentosidine treatment compared to unstimulated controls. The enhanced production of PDGF-BB could play a role in the maintenance of the RPE-Bruch's membrane complex and influence changes associated with diabetes and aging.
    Experimental Eye Research 05/1998; 66(4):411-9. · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We performed an experimental study on choroidal circulatory disturbance to clarify basic problems about interpretation of retino-choroidal lesions in indocyanine green fluorescence angiography (ICG angiography). We severed the posterior ciliary arteries to produce choroidal circulatory disturbance. Fluorescein angiography and ICG angiography were performed at one week, and one month after occlusion. These findings were compared with histopathological findings. One week after occlusion, the area of choroidal infarct showed occlusion of choriocapillaris and proliferation of the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells, this area showed hypofluorescence in the early phase ICG angiography. The hypofluorescence area increased in the late phase. One month after occlusion, the lesion showed loss of choriocapillaris at the center and proliferation of fibroblast-like cells at the edge of the lesion. The subretinal strand showed hyperfluorescence in late phase ICG angiography. Proliferated RPE cells masked ICG fluorescence in the late phase. Fibroblast-like cells showed tissue staining. When reading ICG angiography, we have to take into account that the ICG angiogram is greatly modified by condition of the RPE.
    Nippon Ganka Gakkai zasshi 03/1997; 101(2):127-33.
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    ABSTRACT: We performed an experimental study on choroidal circulatory disturbance to clarify basic problems about interpretation of retino-choroidal lesions in indocyanine green fluorescence angiography (ICG angiography). We severed all of the posterior temporal ciliary arteries, to produce choroidal circulatory disturbance. Fluorescein angiography and ICG angiography were performed using scanning laser ophthalmoscope immediately, and 2 days after occlusion. These findings were compared with histopathological findings from the same specimen. Immediately after occlusion, choroidal vessels were filled with the red blood cells in the lesion that showed hypofluorescence in both types of angiography. Two days after occlusion, the fundus had a grayish white edematous appearance which was similar to choroidal infarction. The retinal pigment epithelial cells. (RPEs) in infarcted lesion progressed to liquefied necrosis. Fluorescein angiography showed hyperfluorescence in the lesion, and ICG angiography showed hypofluorescence in the early phase, but hyperfluorescence at the margin of the lesion in the late phase. This result showed that damaged RPEs were stained by ICG dye. In reading ICG angiography, we have to consider that the ICG angiogram is greatly modified by the condition of the RPEs.
    Nippon Ganka Gakkai zasshi 02/1997; 101(1):12-8.
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    ABSTRACT: One hundred forty eyes with choroidal neovascularization (ChNV) in age-related macular degeneration were examined with fluorescein and indocyanine green (ICG) angiography. ChNVs covered with subretinal hemorrhage, and ChNVs with retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) detachment were demonstrated at a higher rate and more clearly with ICG angiography than with fluorescein angiography. On the other hand, ChNVs in serous retinal detachment, and in disciform lesions were demonstrated more clearly with fluorescein angiography than with ICG angiography. These results show that ICG angiography is valuable for delineating "occult ChNVs" with subretinal hemorrhage or RPE detachment in age-related macular degeneration.
    Nippon Ganka Gakkai zasshi 11/1996; 100(10):790-7.
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    ABSTRACT: We performed experiments in 20 monkey eyes in order to clarify basic problems about interpretation of indocyanine green fluorescence angiography (ICG angiography). We severed the temporal group of posterior ciliary arteries to produce choroidal circulatory disturbance. ICG angiography was performed immediately, and 2 days, 4 days, and 2 weeks later. Following each ICG angiography, the eye was studied by plastic vascular cast technique with scanning electron microscopy. Immediately after occlusion, ICG angiography showed filling defect in the temporal choroidal hemisphere during the early phase. In the later phase, this area was gradually filled by the dye from choroidal arteries in the nasal hemisphere and the anterior ciliary arteries. Vascular cast preparations showed filling defect in the temporal choroidal hemisphere, corresponding with the early ICG angiogaphic findings. Both filling delay in ICG angiography and filling defect in vascular casts improved daily after occlusion. Two weeks after occlusion, The area of choroidal infarct temporal to the macula turned into chorioretinal atrophy. This area showed hypofluorescence in the early-phase ICG angiography and filling defect of the choriocapillaris in plastic casts. The early-phase ICG angiographic findings thus corresponded well with observations of vascular casts. We conclude that ICG angiography correctly reflects the actual circulatory disturbances in the choroid.
    Nippon Ganka Gakkai zasshi 04/1996; 100(3):201-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Occurrence of choroidal neovascularization following laser photocoagulation treatment for central serous retinopathy (CSR) has been reported. We reviewed all the cases of photocoagulation treatment for CSR in our clinic during the past 25 years (1968-1993). Among 1,824 CSR-affected eyes which were treated, choroidal neovascularization occurred in 19 at the site of photocoagulation. In a careful reevaluation of pretreatment fluorescein angiograms, small choroidal neovascularizations were detected in 5 eyes, in which cases the diagnosis of CSR was incorrect. In 3 eyes, choroidal neovascularization was suspected and might have been masked. In the remaining 11 eyes, choroidal neovascularization was not seen. Our survey indicates that, in central serous retinopathy, when the age of the patient is over 50 years, and leakage is weak and parafoveal, choroidal neovascularization may be masked. Laser photocoagulation for these eyes should be conservative with careful, long-term observation.
    Nippon Ganka Gakkai zasshi 05/1995; 99(4):460-8.

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625 Citations
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  • 1994–2007
    • Kansai Medical University
      • Department of Ophthalmology
      Moriguchi, Osaka-fu, Japan
  • 1998–2001
    • University of California, Davis
      • Department of Ophthalmology
      Davis, CA, United States