By Professor Dr. Frank G. Holz, Professor Dr. Daniel Pauleikhoff, MD Richard F. Spaide, Professor Alan C. Bird (auth.)
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Such molecules cannot be "recognized" by lysosomal RPE enzymes and are, therefore, undegradable. This would lead to accumulation of material in the lysosomal compartment of RPE cells and may thus impair various pigment epithelial functions. Other findings that strengthen the hypothesis of oxidative mechanisms in the pathogenesis of AMD include the fact that race (caucasians) and light iris color are known risk factors. Furthermore, there is correlation between RPE lipofuscin accumulation and distribution of drusen, and studies have shown a reduction in antioxidative enzyme activity in the RPE with age as well as an age-related reduction in antioxidative yellow macular pigment that also serves as a UV filter.
Age-related macular degeneration by Professor Dr. Frank G. Holz, Professor Dr. Daniel Pauleikhoff, MD Richard F. Spaide, Professor Alan C. Bird (auth.)