Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bladder Cancer and Eye Disease?

A fascinating bit of research news out of New Orleans. Research conducted by Dr. Jayne S. Weiss, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at LSU Health Sciences, and colleagues has found that a defect in a gene involved in Schnyder's dystrophy, a rare disease of the cornea, also contributes to the progression of invasive bladder cancer. The findings are published in the November 2011 issue of the journal, DNA and Cell Biology.

Dr. Weiss remarks, "Research like this helps us target new treatment or prevention approaches for many seemingly unrelated diseases. She goes on to say, "Discovering a new component of the dynamic cellular cholesterol regulatory network gives us information that can be applied to every disease arising from a defect in it. Besides Schnyder's corneal dystrophy, this includes many types of cancer."