Stem Cell Models of Best Disease and Other Retinal Degenerative Diseases.

Mayo Clinic (Other)
Overall Status
Active, not recruiting ID

Study Details

Study Description

Brief Summary

Background: Autosomal recessive bestrophinopathy (ARB) is one of 5 blinding eye diseases caused by mutations in the gene BEST1. These diseases, collectively termed "bestrophinopathies" include ARB, Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD), adult-onset vitelliform dystrophy (AVMD), autosomal dominant vitreoretinalchoroidopathy (ADVIRC) and retinitis pigmentosa (RP) .

Objective: To collect DNA/RNA and skin samples from individuals with ARB or other diseases due to mutations in the gene BEST1. These models will be used to identify and test therapeutic approaches to treating these diseases.

Design: Study involves a one time donation of a skin punch biopsy and whole blood. Once the skin biopsy is obtained, skin fibroblasts will be isolated, which will be reprogrammed into iPSCs. RPE cells will be derived from the iPSCs

Detailed Description

The PI on this proposal has been studying BEST1 and the protein encoded (Best1) since its discovery in 1998. Best1 is an integral membrane protein that in the eye is expressed only by retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells where it is localized to the basolateral plasma membrane.

Methods: Once a subject has been identified as a potential candidate, a study coordinator will meet with the subject, to discuss the study prior to sample collection. The study coordinator will review the consent form with the subject and spend as much time as necessary answering any questions. Once the subject has signed the consent form, study procedures will begin.

Following the consent process, a skin sample will be obtained from subjects using a (4mm) dermal punch biopsy method. This will be accomplished in a single visit to the Regenerative Medicine Consult Service or other approved clinical examination room. A suture may need to be placed following this skin biopsy. A health care provider (either at Mayo Clinic or a local health care provider's office) can remove the stitches, or the subject can remove them with a provided disposable suture removal kit.

Subjects will also be asked to undergo venipuncture; all subjects will be asked to have the venipuncture and have the option to refuse. 10ml of blood will be collected for RNA and DNA extraction.

Once the skin biopsy is obtained,skin fibroblasts will be isolated, which will be reprogrammed into iPSCs. RPE cells will be derived from the iPSCs.

Remuneration: If subjects make a special trip only for the research procedures, they may be reimbursed for travel expenses including: airfare, mileage, parking, and hotel. In order to receive reimbursement, they must provide a copy of the original receipts for those expenses. Reimbursement will not exceed $1000.00.

Study Design

Study Type:
Anticipated Enrollment :
100 participants
Observational Model:
Time Perspective:
Official Title:
Development of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells From Patients With Best Disease and Other Inherited Retinal Degenerative Diseases.
Study Start Date :
Feb 1, 2014
Anticipated Primary Completion Date :
Dec 1, 2023
Anticipated Study Completion Date :
Dec 1, 2023

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures

  1. Number of iPS cells successfully differentiated into RPE cells [one year]

Eligibility Criteria


Ages Eligible for Study:
5 Years and Older
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Inclusion Criteria:
  • Patient must have been diagnosed on the basis of genotyping with a bestrophinopathy.

  • Patient must be willing to provide a skin biopsy from which we will generate iPSCs.

  • For pediatric patients, parents must be willing to donate skin biopsies as well.

Exclusion Criteria:
  • Children under the age of 5

  • Patients exhibiting secondary ophthalmic disorders that are not typically associated with the bestrophinopathies may be excluded.

Contacts and Locations


Site City State Country Postal Code
1 Mayo Clinic Rochester Minnesota United States 55905

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • Mayo Clinic


  • Principal Investigator: Alan D. Marmorstein, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
  • Principal Investigator: Raymond Iezzi, M.D., Mayo Clinic
  • Principal Investigator: Sophie J. Bakri, M.D., Mayo Clinic

Study Documents (Full-Text)

None provided.

More Information

Additional Information:


None provided.
Responsible Party:
Alan D. Marmorstein, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology,, Mayo Clinic Identifier:
Other Study ID Numbers:
  • 13-008089
First Posted:
Jun 13, 2014
Last Update Posted:
Jan 6, 2022
Last Verified:
Jan 1, 2022
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD:
Keywords provided by Alan D. Marmorstein, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology,, Mayo Clinic
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Study Results

No Results Posted as of Jan 6, 2022