Stem cell therapy for glaucoma: Possibilities and practicalities

Thomas V. Johnson, Natalie D. Bull, Keith R. Martin

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Abstract

Glaucoma is a progressive, neurodegenerative, optic neuropathy in which currently available therapies cannot always prevent, and do not reverse, vision loss. Stem cell transplantation may provide a promising new avenue for treating many presently incurable degenerative conditions, including glaucoma. This article will explore the various ways in which transplantation of stem or progenitor cells may be applied for the treatment of glaucoma. We will critically discuss the translational prospects of two cell transplantation-based treatment modalities: neuroprotection and retinal ganglion cell replacement. In addition, we will identify specific questions that need to be addressed and obstacles to overcome on the path to clinical translation, and offer insight into potential strategies for approaching this goal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-174
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Ophthalmology
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • cell replacement
  • glaucoma
  • neuroprotection
  • optic nerve
  • progenitor cell
  • retinal ganglion cell
  • stem cell
  • transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry

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