Special Issue "Nutrition for Eye Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: animal models; ocular diseases; retinal function; neurodegeneration; neuroprotection; anti-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory compounds; dietary supplementation
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Among ocular diseases, those that substantially affect the vision by disrupting the functioning of retinal neurons represent a major burden with a high social and economic impact. In particular, visual impairment exacts an enormous financial and social cost on developing countries, thus requiring much research work into the cause and prevention of major blinding diseases. In addition to pharmacological therapies, the management of ocular pathologies includes nutritional supplements such as antioxidants, vitamins or fatty acids that are at present extensively investigated in terms of prophylactic benefits, potential harm, and optimal use. For instance, naturally occurring substances that humans take in with a normal diet can serve as antioxidants and free radical scavengers, possibly reducing or eliminating tissue damage from oxidation or the presence of free radicals in those tissues. However, evidence for the benefit of diet supplementation is often controversial. For instance, epidemiological studies have indicated potential preventive effects of omega-3 fatty acids against dry AMD, although the results of the Age-Related Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) seem to exclude their potential in preventing AMD progression. An additional complication in the use of nutraceuticals as therapeutic strategies is their scarce oral bioavailability, thus rendering investigations aimed to improve this aspect of fundamental importance.
This Special Issue collects reviews or original papers representing the state of the art on nutrition and eye health in terms of clinically relevant animal models through which to understand the mechanisms underlying the efficacy of diet supplementation. In addition to preclinical studies, attempts to give an overview of the clinical investigation of dietary supplementation as a potential treatment for ocular pathologies are also recommended.
Prof. Paola Bagnoli
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- Animal models of ocular diseases
- Anterior chamber
- Dietary supplementation
- Protective mechanisms
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Affiliation: University of Pisa, Dipartimento di Biologia, Via San Zeno 31, I‐56127 Pisa, Italy
Tentative Title: Effects of an antioxidant derivative of curcumin in models of retinal diseases
2. Dario Rusciano
Affiliation: Sooft Italia SpA, Contrada Molino 17, 63833 Montegiorgio (FM), Italy.
Tentative Title: Protective effect of a diet supplement based on vitamins and vegetal extracts in models of ganglion cell degeneration
3. Davide Cervia
Affiliation: Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest systems, Università degli Studi della Tuscia, largo dell Università snc, 01100 Viterbo, Italy.
Tentative Title: Nutraceutical strategy to protect retina in Drosophila melanogaster models of neurodegenerative diseases
4. Vittorio Porciatti
Affiliation: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33136, USA
Tentative Title: Neuroprotection by vitamin B3 in glaucomatous disease
5. Marco Pellegrini
Affiliation: Ophthalmology Unit, S.Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Tentative Title: The Role of Nutrition and Nutritional Supplements in Ocular Surface Disease
6. Helder Andre
Affiliation: Department of Clinical Neuroscience, St. Erik Eye Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, 11282 Stockholm, Sweden
Tentative Title: Perspectives of the role of nutraceuticals for the treatment of age-related ocular degenerations
7. Silvia Bisti
Affiliation: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, NetS3 Laboratory, Neuroscience and Brain Technologies (NBT), 16100 Genova, Italy. Tentative title: Antioxidant efficacy of saffron in Stargardt Macular Dystrophy