Immunobiology of age-related macular degeneration

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Despite recent therapeutic advances, clinical outcomes of both neovascular and atrophic age-related macular degeneration (AMD) remain suboptimal. This article reviews evidence supporting the concept that the immune system plays an important role in the pathogenesis of AMD. This includes genetic results, histopathology data, serological data, and observations in animal models. It is important to recognize the immaturity of our knowledge and the need to expand our understanding of the early pathologic events in AMD, with the goal of identifying new strategies to prevent rather than treat the disease. The immune system will likely provide new therapeutic targets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Eye
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123742032
ISBN (Print)9780123741981
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • AMD
  • ARMD
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • C-reactive protein
  • CNV
  • Choroidal neovascularization
  • Complement factor H
  • Drusen
  • Geographic atrophy
  • Histopathology
  • Immune system
  • Immunopathology
  • Inflammation
  • Macrophages
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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