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Ophthalmol Clin North Am. 2005 Sep;18(3):383-95, vi.

Retinal ganglion cell death in glaucoma: mechanisms and neuroprotective strategies.

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Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.

Abstract

Various cellular and molecular mechanisms that may lead to apoptotic cell death of retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma are discussed. These cellular mechanisms include neurotrophic factor deprivation, ischemia, glial cell activation, glutamate excitotoxicity, and abnormal immune response. Based on experimental and clinical evidence, the rationale for various neuroprotective strategies is described.

PMID:
16054996
DOI:
10.1016/j.ohc.2005.04.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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