Inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs) are an untreatable cause of blindness due to photoreceptor apoptosis. Blocking apoptosis by exogenous neurotrophic factor administration is a promising therapeutic strategy in IRDs. The neurotrophin (NT) family are a group of peptide growth factors homologous to nerve growth factor that regulate the development, differentiation, survival, and function of neuronal cells. This mini-review summarizes the preclinical evidence for neuroprotection of photoreceptors by NTs and explores the molecular pathways responsible for this protective effect.
|BioDrugs : clinical immunotherapeutics, biopharmaceuticals and gene therapy
|Stato di pubblicazione
|Pubblicato - 2014
- Retinal degeneration