Damaging Healthy Eye Cells: New Insights Into Diseases Causing The Loss Of Vision.


There are two major light receptor cells in the mammalian eye: rods and cones. New research by scientists from Duke University have shown that dying cone cells can trigger the demise of healthy rod cells, leading to the loss of vision. The study by Kyoung-in Cho and colleagues, published in the journal PLOS Genetics, showed that when a multifunctional protein known as ‘Ran-binding protein 2’ (RanBP2) is removed from cone cells it causes not only those cells to die but also results in the demise of the healthy rod cells in the eye… (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)