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Painkiller May Prevent Diabetes-Related Retinal Damage
Date:9/24/2008

Pentazocine's effects on eye health called 'phenomenal,' study concludes

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The painkiller pentazocine may help prevent diabetes-related retinal damage that leads to vision loss, according to Medical College of Georgia researchers.

"The effects of this drug on retinal health are phenomenal," Dr. Sylvia Smith, a retinal cell biologist and co-director of the Vision Discovery Institute at MCG's School of Medicine, said in a college news release.

For the study, she compared the retinas of diabetic mice treated with pentazocine and those that didn't receive the drug and found dramatic differences. The findings suggest that the drug and related compounds that bind with the sigma receptor in the eye may help treat the two leading causes of vision loss -- diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

The study was published in the September issue of the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.

Pentazocine's binding with sigma receptors didn't affect insulin levels in the diabetic mice.

"(The drug) does not solve that problem of diabetes; however, our findings do suggest that just because you are hyperglycemic does not mean you will have diabetic retinopathy," Smith said.

She and her team are collaborating with other MCG researchers to breed mice without a sigma receptor to learn more about the receptor's role and whether regular treatment with pentazocine will prove effective in mice with other types of retinal disease.

More information

The American Diabetes Association has more about diabetes-related eye complications.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Medical College of Georgia, news release, Sept. 9, 2008


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