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Title: Retinal Neurodegeneration in Different Risk Phenotypes of Diabetic Retinal Disease
Authors: Madeira, Maria H. 
Marques, Inês P. 
Ferreira, Sónia 
Tavares, Diana 
Santos, Torcato 
Santos, Ana Rita 
Figueira, João 
Lobo, Conceição 
Cunha-Vaz, José 
Keywords: diabetes; retinopathy; neurodegeneration; progression; personalized medicine; risk phenotypes
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Project: AIBILI, COMPETE Portugal2020, and the Fundo de Inovação Tecnologia e Economia Circular (FITEC)—Programa Interface (FITEC/CIT/2018/2) 
Serial title, monograph or event: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Volume: 15
Abstract: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) has been considered a microvascular disease, but it has become evident that neurodegeneration also plays a key role in this complex pathology. Indeed, this complexity is reflected in its progression which occurs at different rates in different type 2 diabetic (T2D) individuals. Based on this concept, our group has identified three DR progression phenotypes that might reflect the interindividual differences: phenotype A, characterized by low microaneurysm turnover (MAT <6), phenotype B, low MAT (<6) and increased central retinal thickness (CRT); and phenotype C, with high MAT (≥6). In this study, we evaluated the progression of DR neurodegeneration, considering ganglion cell+inner plexiform layers (GCL+IPL) thinning, in 170 T2D individuals followed for a period of 5 years, to explore associations with disease progression or risk phenotypes. Ophthalmological examinations were performed at baseline, first 6 months, and annually. GCL+IPL average thickness was evaluated by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Microaneurysm turnover (MAT) was evaluated using the RetMarkerDR. ETDRS level and severity progression were assessed in seven-field color fundus photography. In the overall population there was a significant loss in GCL+IPL (-0.147 μm/year), independently of glycated hemoglobin, age, sex, and duration of diabetes. Interestingly, this progressive thinning in GCL + IPL reached higher values in phenotypes B and C (-0.249 and -0.238 μm/year, respectively), whereas phenotype A remained relatively stable. The presence of neurodegeneration in all phenotypes suggests that it is the retinal vascular response to the early neurodegenerative changes that determines the course of the retinopathy in each individual. Therefore, classification of different DR phenotypes appears to offer relevant clarification of DR disease progression and an opportunity for improved management of each T2D individual with DR, thus playing a valuable role for the implementation of personalized medicine in DR.
ISSN: 1662-4548
DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2021.800004
Rights: openAccess
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