Author(s): Boehm BO, Lang G, Volpert O, Jehle PM, Kurkhaus A,
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Abstract AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Retinopathy is the most common microvascular complication of diabetes. Our aim was to address the predictive value of pro-angiogenic and anti-angiogenic markers for progression of retinopathy. METHODS: Aqueous humor was collected at cataract surgery from 32 diabetic patients who had no or very mild retinopathy (ETDRS stage 47B). This subgroup showed lower pigment epithelium-derived factor content when compared to non-progressors and control subjects. Migratory activity in samples of patients from the control group and in diabetic patients without progression was generally inhibitory due to pigment epithelium-derived factor. Inhibition was blocked by neutralizing antibodies to pigment epithelium-derived factor. In diabetic patients initial angiogenic activity was higher in those who later developed retinopathy (vs. controls p=0.00005; vs. no progressors p=0.0003). Both pigment epithelium-derived factor and migratory response predicted progression. CONCLUSION/INTERPRETATION: Pigment epithelium-derived factor is an important negative regulator of angiogenic activity of aqueous humor. Its content in the aqueous humor of diabetic patients strongly predicts who among them will develop progression of retinopathy.
This article was published in Diabetologia
and referenced in Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism