The formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is a key pathophysiological event with links to a range of important human diseases. It is now clear that AGEs may act as mediators, not only of diabetic complications(1 2) but also of widespread age related pathology such as Alzheimer's disease,(3) decreased skin elasticity,(4) (5) male erectile dysfunction,(6) (7) pulmonary fibrosis,(8) and atherosclerosis.(9 10) Since many cells and tissues of the eye are profoundly influenced by both diabetes and ageing, it is fitting that advanced glycation is now receiving considerable attention as a possible modulator in important visual disorders. An increasing number of reports confirm widespread AGE accumulation at sites of known ocular pathology and demonstrate how these products mediate crosslinking of long lived molecules in the eye. Such studies also underscore the putative pathophysiological role of advanced glycation in ocular cell dysfunction in vitro and in vivo.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||British Journal of Ophthalmology|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
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