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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777385/efficacy-of-eyedrops-containing-cross-linked-hyaluronic-acid-and-coenzyme-q10-in-treating-patients-with-mild-to-moderate-dry-eye
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Elisa I Postorino, Laura Rania, Emanuela Aragona, Carmen Mannucci, Angela Alibrandi, Gioacchino Calapai, Domenico Puzzolo, Pasquale Aragona
PURPOSE: Dry eye disease (DED) is a common condition causing substantial burden. A randomized, controlled, single-masked study was performed in 40 patients with mild to moderate DED to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a collyrium based on crosslinked hyaluronic acid (XLHA) with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). METHODS: Enrolled subjects were divided into 2 groups: group A, treated with XLHA + CoQ10; and group B, treated with hyaluronic acid (HA). Eyedrops were administered 4 times daily for 3 months...
August 2, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763562/chondroitin-sulfate-based-biocompatible-crosslinker-restores-corneal-mechanics-and-collagen-alignment
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Xiaokun Wang, Shoumyo Majumdar, Garret Ma, Jeeyeon Sohn, Samuel C Yiu, Walter Stark, Awad Al-Qarni, Deepak P Edward, Jennifer H Elisseeff
Purpose: To evaluate the crosslinking effect of functionalized chondroitin sulfate (CS) in an ex vivo rabbit cornea model. Methods: Chondroitin sulfate molecules were chemically modified with the N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) group. Enucleated rabbit eyes were crosslinked with 2, 5, or 10 mg/mL CS-NHS solution for 30 or 60 minutes. The CS-NHS penetration, corneal swelling ratio, Young's modulus, and ultrastructure of the crosslinked corneas were characterized. In addition, rabbit corneas were further treated with a collagenase-chondroitinase solution to create an ex vivo keratoconus (KC)-like model...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762648/directed-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-to-neural-crest-stem-cells-functional-peripheral-neurons-and-corneal-keratocytes
#3
Qian Zhu, Mingming Li, Chuan Yan, Qiqi Lu, Shunhui Wei, Rong Gao, Mengfei Yu, Yu Zou, Gopu Sriram, Huei Jinn Tong, Walter Hunziker, Chaminda Jayampath Seneviratne, Zhiyuan Gong, Bjorn R Olsen, Tong Cao
Neural crest stem cells (NCSCs) are a transient and multipotent cell population giving rise to various cell types with clinical importance. Isolation of human NCSCs is extremely challenging that limits our knowledge about neural crest development and application. Here, we present a defined protocol to efficiently direct human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to NCSCs and multiple neural crest lineages. A unique combination of small molecule inhibitors and growth factors was employed to generate NCSCs from hESCs through a neuroectoderm stage...
August 1, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761323/the-comparative-safety-of-genipin-versus-uva-riboflavin-crosslinking-of-rabbit-corneas
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Wenjing Song, Yun Tang, Jing Qiao, Haili Li, Bei Rong, Songlin Yang, Yuan Wu, Xiaoming Yan
PURPOSE: To investigate, after 24 h, the safety of genipin or ultraviolet A (UVA)-riboflavin crosslinking of keratocytes and endothelial cells. METHODS: Fifteen New Zealand white rabbits were selected and divided into a PBS group (five rabbits), a 0.2% genipin crosslinking (GP-CXL) group (five rabbits), and a UVA-riboflavin crosslinking (UVA-CXL) group (five rabbits). In the GP-CXL and PBS groups, 0.2% genipin or PBS was applied to the corneal surface of the right eyes...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749047/electric-fields-accelerate-cell-polarization-and-bypass-myosin-action-in-motility-initiation
#5
Yao-Hui Sun, Yuxin Sun, Kan Zhu, Brian Reid, Xing Gao, Bruce W Draper, Min Zhao, Alex Mogilner
Stationary symmetrical fish keratocyte cells break symmetry and become motile spontaneously but slowly. We found that applying electric field (EF) accelerates the polarization by an order of magnitude. While spontaneously polarized cells move persistently for hours, the EF-induced polarity is lost in a majority of cells when the EF is switched off. However, if the EF is applied for a long time and then switched off, the majority of cell move stably. Myosin inhibition abolishes spontaneous polarization, but does not slow down EF-induced polarization, and after the EF is turned off, motility does not stop; however, the cell movements are erratic...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708898/retreatment-strategies-following-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-smile-in-vivo-tissue-responses
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Andri K Riau, Yu-Chi Liu, Chris H L Lim, Nyein C Lwin, Ericia P Teo, Gary H Yam, Donald T Tan, Jodhbir S Mehta
With any refractive correction, including Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE), there may be a residual refractive error that requires a retreatment. Here, we investigated the tissue responses following various retreatment procedures in a rabbit model of SMILE. All rabbits underwent a -6.00D correction with SMILE. Two weeks later, they underwent -1.00D enhancement by: (i) VisuMax Circle, followed by excimer ablation (S+C); (ii) secondary SMILE anterior to the primary procedure (S+SE); or (iii) surface ablation (S+P), and were examined for 28 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700779/corneal-wound-repair-after-rose-bengal-and-green-light-crosslinking-clinical-and-histologic-study
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Patricia Gallego-Muñoz, Lucía Ibares-Frías, Elvira Lorenzo, Susana Marcos, Pablo Peréz-Merino, Nandor Bekesi, Irene E Kochevar, M Carmen Martínez-García
Purpose: To evaluate corneal wound healing after treatment with a new collagen crosslinking protocol using rose bengal dye and green light (RGX). Methods: One cornea of 20 New Zealand rabbits was de-epithelialized (DE) in an 8-mm diameter circle and, in another group (n = 25), the DE corneas were then stained with 0.1% rose bengal for 2 minutes and exposed to green light (532 nm) for 7 minutes (RGX). The contralateral eyes without treatment acted as controls. The animals were clinically followed including fluorescein staining and pachymetry...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666677/microstructural-evaluation-of-the-mucin-balls-and-their-relations-to-the-corneal-surface-insights-by-in-vivo-confocal-microscopy
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Christina N Grupcheva, Dimitar I Grupchev, Mladena N Radeva, Desislava I Vankova, Yana M Manolova
PURPOSE: The purpose of the current study was to observe and correlate the characteristics of mucin balls to the ocular surface properties, and furthermore, to report the effect of different mucin balls size and number on structural alteration of the anterior cornea. METHODS: The study included, two groups of patients fitted with one-month continuous, extended wear lenses for therapeutic (group 1) and optical (group 2) purposes; the later serving as a control group...
June 27, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657193/establishment-of-in-vitro-model-of-corneal-scar-pathophysiology
#9
Shikha Chawla, Sourabh Ghosh
Corneal scarring is the major source of permanent blindness worldwide. The complex pathophysiology of corneal scarring is not comprehensibly understood as it involves the interaction of a constellation of pro-fibrotic cytokines influencing several signaling pathways involved in corneal scar development. In the present study, an attempt has been made to generate a relatively simple in vitro corneal scar model using primary corneal keratocytes by exogenously providing an optimized dose of combination of cytokines (TGF-β1, IL-6, and IL-8) involved in scar formation in situ...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644862/high-intensity-corneal-collagen-crosslinking-with-riboflavin-and-uva-in-rat-cornea
#10
Yirui Zhu, Peter S Reinach, Hanlei Zhu, Qiufan Tan, Qinxiang Zheng, Jia Qu, Wei Chen
Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) halts human corneal ectasias progression by increasing stromal mechanical stiffness. Although some reports describe that this procedure is effective in dealing with some infectious and immunologic corneal thinning diseases, there is a need for more animal models whose corneal thickness more closely resemble those occurring in these patients. To meet this need, we describe here high-intensity protocols that are safe and effective for obtaining CXL in rat corneas. Initially, a range of potentially effective UVA doses were evaluated based on their effectiveness in increasing tissue enzymatic resistance to dissolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636459/inhibition-of-fusarium-solani-infection-in-murine-keratocytes-by-lactobacillus-salivarius-ssp-salivarius-jcm1231-culture-filtrate-in-vitro
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Jianzhang Hu, Fang Chen, Tong Kan, Hua Zhuang, Jingjin Zhang, Xiaoli Han
PURPOSE: To explore the inhibitory activity of Lactobacillus salivarius ssp. salivarius JCM1231 (L. salivarius JCM1231) culture filtrate against Fusarium solani (F. solani) and its effects on murine keratocytes (MKs) infected with F. solani. METHODS: L. salivarius JCM1231 was cultured in an anaerobic incubator for 24 h, and the L. salivarius culture filtrate (LSCF) was prepared .The antifungal activity of L. salivarius JCM1231 against F. solani was determined with a plate overlay assay, agar diffusion assay, and conidial germination inhibition test...
June 21, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627731/cell-migration-analysis-a-low-cost-laboratory-experiment-for-cell-and-developmental-biology-courses-using-keratocytes-from-fish-scales
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Daniel Prieto, Gonzalo Aparicio, Jose R Sotelo-Silveira
Cell and developmental processes are complex, and profoundly dependent on spatial relationships that change over time. Innovative educational or teaching strategies are always needed to foster deep comprehension of these processes and their dynamic features. However, laboratory exercises in cell and developmental biology at the undergraduate level do not often take into account the time dimension. In this article, we provide a laboratory exercise focused in cell migration, aiming to stimulate thinking in time and space dimensions through a simplification of more complex processes occurring in cell or developmental biology...
June 19, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625845/injury-and-defective-regeneration-of-the-epithelial-basement-membrane-in-corneal-fibrosis-a-paradigm-for-fibrosis-in-other-organs
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Steven E Wilson, Gustavo K Marino, Andre A M Torricelli, Carla S Medeiros
Myofibroblast-mediated fibrosis is important in the pathophysiology of diseases in most organs. The cornea, the transparent anterior wall of the eye that functions to focus light on the retina, is commonly affected by fibrosis and provides an optimal model due to its simplicity and accessibility. Severe injuries to the cornea, including infection, surgery, and trauma, may trigger the development of myofibroblasts and fibrosis in the normally transparent connective tissue stroma. Ultrastructural studies have demonstrated that defective epithelial basement membrane (EBM) regeneration after injury underlies the development of myofibroblasts from both bone marrow- and keratocyte-derived precursor cells in the cornea...
June 15, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600807/multi-layered-silk-film-co-culture-system-for-human-corneal-epithelial-and-stromal-stem-cells
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Emily A Gosselin, Tess Torregrosa, Chiara E Ghezzi, Alexandra C Mendelsohn, Rachel Gomes, James L Funderburgh, David L Kaplan
With insufficient options to meet the clinical demand for cornea transplants, one emerging area of emphasis is on cornea tissue engineering. In the present study, the goal was to combine the corneal stroma and epithelium into one co-culture system, in order to monitor both human corneal stromal stem cell (hCSSC) and human corneal epithelial cell (hCE) growth and differentiation into keratocytes and differentiated epithelium in these 3D tissue systems in vitro. Co-culture conditions were first optimized, including the medium, air/liquid interface culture, and surface topography and chemistry of biomaterial scaffold films based on silk protein...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575912/-growth-factor-concentration-in-keratocyte-supernatant-after-incubation-with-human-serum-in-vitro
#15
Nóra Szentmáry, Tanja Stachon, Ming-Feng Wu, Mona Bischoff, Manuela Huber, Achim Langenbucher, Berthold Seitz
Purpose Application of serum eye drops is an alternative treatment option for therapy-resistant corneal epithelial defects. In case of persisting epithelial defects, cytokines, which are secreted from stromal keratocytes, may play a role in epithelial wound healing. Our aim was to analyze fibroblast growth factor basic (FGFb), hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) and transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) concentration in the supernatant of keratocytes, after incubation with human serum (HS)...
June 2, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540063/microrna-122-ameliorates-corneal-allograft-rejection-through-the-downregulation-of-its-target-cpeb1
#16
Ting Wang, Fengjie Li, Wenwen Geng, Qingguo Ruan, Weiyun Shi
Transplant rejection is a major cause of corneal transplantation failure. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a family of small RNAs that regulates gene expression in a sequence-specific manner. miRNAs have recently been shown to have important roles in human organ transplantation, but reports of miRNAs directly associated with corneal transplantation rejection remain limited. To investigate the role of miRNAs during corneal allograft rejection, we established a mouse penetrating keratoplasty model and used microarrays to screen for differentially expressed miRNAs...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532937/collagen-crosslinking-with-conventional-and-accelerated-ultraviolet-a-irradiation-using-riboflavin-with-hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose
#17
Anne Marie Hagem, Andreas Thorsrud, Gunhild Falleth Sandvik, Marianne Råen, Liv Drolsum
PURPOSE: To evaluate corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) with conventional and accelerated ultraviolet-A (UVA) irradiation using riboflavin with methylcellulose. SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. DESIGN: Prospective randomized case series. METHODS: Patients with keratoconus were randomized to have CXL using conventional 3 mW/cm(2) UVA irradiation for 30 minutes (CXL30) or accelerated 9 mW/cm(2) UVA irradiation for 10 minutes (CXL10)...
April 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503733/long-term-safety-from-transmission-of-porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-after-pig-to-non-human-primate-corneal-transplantation
#18
Hyuk Jin Choi, Jiyeon Kim, Jae Young Kim, Hyun Ju Lee, Won Ryang Wee, Mee Kum Kim, Eung Soo Hwang
BACKGROUND: The risk of xenozoonosis mainly by porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV) has been considered as one of the main hurdles in xenotransplantation and therefore should be elucidated prior to the clinical use of porcine corneal grafts. Accordingly, an investigation was performed to analyze the infectivity of PERVs from porcine keratocytes to human cells, and the long-term risk of transmission of PERVs was determined using pig-to-non-human primate (NHP) corneal transplantation models...
July 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489286/sustained-activation-of-erk1-2-mapk-in-schwann-cells-causes-corneal-neurofibroma
#19
Paola Bargagna-Mohan, Akihiro Ishii, Ling Lei, Daniel Sheehy, Saagar Pandit, Grace Chan, Rashmi Bansal, Royce Mohan
Recent studies have shown that constitutive activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) in Schwann cells (SCs) increases myelin thickness in transgenic mice. In this secondary analysis, we report that these transgenic mice develop a postnatal corneal neurofibroma with the loss of corneal transparency by age six months. We show that expansion of non-myelinating SCs, under the control of activated ERK1/2, also drive myofibroblast differentiation that derives from both SC precursors and resident corneal keratocytes...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486315/comparison-of-2-different-methods-of-transepithelial-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-analysis-of-corneal-histology-and-hysteresis
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Young Min Park, Ho Yoon Kim, Jong Soo Lee
PURPOSE: To compare the effect of 2 different methods of transepithelial corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) on corneal histology and hysteresis. METHODS: The right eyes of New Zealand white rabbits (n = 50) were treated using one of the 2 transepithelial CXL methods. The eyes were then divided into 2 groups: group 1, transepithelial CXL using continuous ultraviolet A (UVA); group 2, accelerated transepithelial CXL using pulsed UVA. RESULTS: Both groups showed a postoperative increase in central corneal thickness...
July 2017: Cornea
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