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Nicolas Leveziel, Nathalie Puche, Florence Richard, John E. A. Somner, Jennyfer Zerbib, Sylvie Bastuji-Garin, Salomon Y. Cohen, Jean-François Korobelnik, José Sahel, Gisèle Soubrane, Pascale Benlian, Eric H. Souied; Genotypic Influences on Severity of Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2010;51(5):2620-2625. doi: 10.1167/iovs.09-4423.
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Major genetic risk factors have recently been identified for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including the ARMS2/LOC387715 and CFH at-risk polymorphisms. The study was conducted to establish correlations between the AMD genotype and both the phenotype and severity of AMD.
In a prospective cohort of 1216 AMD patients, four genotypic homozygous groups were identified (n = 264): double homozygous for wild-type alleles (group 1, n = 49), homozygous for the at-risk allele of ARMS2/LOC387715 only (group 2, n = 57), homozygous for the at-risk allele of CFH only (group 3, n = 106), and double homozygous for both at-risk alleles (group 4, n = 52). The phenotypic classification of exudative AMD was based on fluorescein angiography.
Mean age at presentation was significantly lower in group 4 than in group 1 (P < 0.014). Patients in group 4 presented more often with bilateral CNV and fibrovascular scars than did patients in group 1 (P < 0.001 and < 0.0031 respectively) and with significantly lower visual acuity (VA) in the first affected eye than did patients in group 1 (P < 0.02). Patients in group 2 presented with worse VA than did patients in group 3 (P < 0.003). Classic CNV was more commonly associated with the at-risk allele of the ARMS2/LOC387715 locus than with the at-risk allele of the CFH gene (P < 0.026).
This study demonstrates an association between the at-risk allele of the ARMS2/LOC387715 locus and classic CNV, fibrovascular lesions, and poor VA. Individuals double homozygous for both at-risk alleles had a higher risk of being affected with a severe form of AMD at an earlier age.
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