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  1. Retinitis Pigmentosa 2 Protein Regulates Transport Of Isoprenylated Proteins To Photoreceptor Outer Segments

    This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by Houbin Zhang, Li Jiang, Christin Hanke and Wolfgang Baehr. Full size poster can be downloaded here. Purpose: X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP) is a devastating form of retinal degeneration, manifesting early in life with symptoms of night blindness, visual […]

    May 4, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  2. Arl3 Rod-Specific Knockout Displays RP-Like Photoreceptor Degeneration

    This abstract was presented today at the 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) meetings in Orlando, Florida by Christin Hanke, Houbin Zhang, Cecilia D. Gerstner, Jeanne M. Frederick AND Wolfgang Baehr. Full size poster can be downloaded here. Purpose: Arf-like protein 3 (Arl3) localizes predominantly in the photoreceptor inner segment. Germline Arl3 knockout mice do not […]

    May 4, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  3. Notable Paper: Long-term RNA interference gene therapy in a dominant retinitis pigmentosa mouse model

    Hereditary retinal dystrophies (retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis, cone-rod dystrophies, macular degeneration) are characterized by loss of visual function, sometimes starting during early childhood, other times in late adulthood.  About 30% of these dystrophies are inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion (RetNet), caused by gain-of-function mutant alleles which encode a malignant form of a normal […]

    Nov 2, 2011 — Read more No Comments
  4. Notable Paper: UNC119 is Required for G Protein Trafficking in Sensory Neurons

      Photoreceptors are specialized cells that elaborate a cilium which becomes the inner and outer segments of the photoreceptor that house photopigments (a beautiful TEM image of a photoreceptor cilium and its inner/outer segment can be seen here)….  

    Jun 14, 2011 — Read more No Comments