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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215504/a-case-of-in-vivo-iontophoresis-assisted-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-for-keratoconus-an-immunohistochemical-study
#1
Mirko Manetti, Eleonora Favuzza, Eleonora Sgambati, Rita Mencucci, Mirca Marini
The standard corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL), that includes the removal of corneal epithelium to permit adequate penetration of riboflavin in the stroma, is an established procedure to halting keratoconus progression. However, as epithelial removal may cause postoperative pain and an increased risk of corneal infection, new therapeutic approaches have been proposed. Iontophoresis is a recently developed non-invasive technique which provides the use of electrical current during CXL to enhance transepithelial penetration of riboflavin into the corneal stroma...
February 15, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204869/-corneal-cell-therapy-an-overview
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M Fuest, G Hin-Fai Yam, G Swee-Lim Peh, P Walter, N Plange, J S Mehta
In recent years, the cultivation and expansion of primary corneal cells has made significant progress. The transplantation of cultured limbal epithelial cells represents a successful and established treatment of the ocular surface. Cultivated corneal endothelial cells are undergoing a clinical trial in Japan. Stromal keratocytes can now be expanded in vitro. A wide range of stem cell sources is being tested in vitro and animal models for their possible application in corneal cell therapy. This article gives an overview of recent advancements and prevailing limitations for the use of different cell sources in the therapy of corneal disease...
February 15, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165027/potential-role-of-corneal-epithelial-cell-derived-exosomes-in-corneal-wound-healing-and-neovascularization
#3
Kyu-Yeon Han, Jennifer A Tran, Jin-Hong Chang, Dimitri T Azar, James D Zieske
Specific factors from the corneal epithelium underlying the stimulation of stromal fibrosis and myofibroblast formation in corneal wound healing have not been fully elucidated. Given that exosomes are known to transfer bioactive molecules among cells and play crucial roles in wound healing, angiogenesis, and cancer, we hypothesized that corneal epithelial cell-derived exosomes may gain access to the underlying stromal fibroblasts upon disruption of the epithelial basement membrane and that they induce signaling events essential for corneal wound healing...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157225/corneal-confocal-scanning-laser-microscopy-in-patients-with-dry-eye-disease-treated-with-topical-cyclosporine
#4
B Iaccheri, G Torroni, C Cagini, T Fiore, A Cerquaglia, M Lupidi, S Cillino, H S Dua
PurposeTo investigate the effect of cyclosporine on corneal ultrastructure and on major signs and symptoms of patients with dry eye disease.Patients and methodsIn this prospective cohort study, patients with dry eye disease were treated with a drop of cyclosporine 0.05% twice daily. Clinical evaluation was carried out at baseline and at months 1, 3, and 6. All patients completed the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire, and tear film break-up time (BUT), fluorescein and lissamine green staining, and Schirmer test were carried out...
February 3, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150361/cornea-and-its-adaptation-to-environment-and-accommodation-function-in-veiled-chameleon-chamaeleo-calyptratus-ultrastructure-and-3d-transmission-electron-tomography
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Saeed Akhtar, Adnan A Khan, Hussain A Albuhayzah, Turki M Almubrad
We investigate the ultrastructural features and 3D electron tomography of chameleon (Chamaeleon calyptratus) which is a native of desert environments of Saudi Arabia. The corneas of the chameleon were fixed in 2.5% glutaraldehyde containing cuprolinic blue in sodium acetate buffer for electron microscopy and tomography, and observed under a JEOL 1400 transmission electron microscope. The thin cornea (21.92 μm) contained 28-30 collagen fibril lamellae. The middle stromal lamellae (from 13 to 19) contained keratocytes with a long cell process and filled with granular material...
February 1, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138416/retinoic-acid-enhances-the-differentiation-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-to-keratocytes-in-vitro
#6
Amy P Lynch, Mark Ahearne
PURPOSE: All-trans retinoic acid (RA) supplementation was investigated as a method of enhancing the differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) to corneal keratocytes in vitro, in combination with a chemically defined serum-free medium. METHODS: Adipose-derived stem cells were cultured in monolayer and supplemented with 0.1, 1, or 10 μM RA for 14 days. The effects of RA on cell proliferation, migration, and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation were evaluated...
January 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133954/new-parameters-in-assessment-of-human-donor-corneal-stroma
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Marie Borderie, Kate Grieve, Kristina Irsch, Djida Ghoubay, Cristina Georgeon, Celine De Sousa, Laurent Laroche, Vincent M Borderie
PURPOSE: To provide quantitative parameters for assessment of human donor corneal stroma by imaging stromal features of diseased and normal human corneas with full-field optical coherence microscopy (FFOCM), using confocal microscopy (CM) and histology as reference techniques. METHODS: Bowman's layer (BL) thickness and keratocyte density were assessed ex vivo in 23 human donor corneas and 27 human pathological corneas (keratoconus and other corneal disorders) with FFOCM, CM and histology...
January 30, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118663/the-effects-of-nonporous-silica-nanoparticles-on-cultured-human-keratocytes
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Bora Yim, Joo-Hee Park, Hyejoong Jeong, Jinkee Hong, Young-Joo Shin, Roy S Chuck, Choul Yong Park
Purpose: Silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) are promising carriers for ophthalmic drug delivery. In this study, we investigated the effect of various sizes of nonporous SiNPs on cultured human keratocytes. Methods: Three different sizes of SiNPs (50, 100, and 150 nm) were manufactured. Primarily cultured human keratocytes were exposed to different concentrations (0, 25, 50, and 100 μg/mL) of three sizes of SiNPs for up to 72 hours. Intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, cellular viability, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assay, autophagy, vimentin expression, and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway activation were evaluated...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101157/functional-analysis-of-keratinocyte-and-fibroblast-gene-expression-in-skin-and-keloid-scar-tissue-based-on-deviation-analysis-of-dynamic-capabilities
#9
Mingming Li, Lei Wu
The aim of the present study was to select key genes that are associated with fibroblasts and keratinocytes during keloid scar progression and development. The gene expression profile of GSE44270, which includes 32 samples, was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in case samples compared with control samples were screened using the Limma R package followed by hierarchical clustering analysis. Protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks of the total selected DEGs were constructed using Cytoscape...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099503/3d-functional-corneal-stromal-tissue-equivalent-based-on-corneal-stromal-stem-cells-and-multi-layered-silk-film-architecture
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Chiara E Ghezzi, Benedetto Marelli, Fiorenzo G Omenetto, James L Funderburgh, David L Kaplan
The worldwide need for human cornea equivalents continues to grow. Few clinical options are limited to allogenic and synthetic material replacements. We hypothesized that tissue engineered human cornea systems based on mechanically robust, patterned, porous, thin, optically clear silk protein films, in combination with human corneal stromal stem cells (hCSSCs), would generate 3D functional corneal stroma tissue equivalents, in comparison to previously developed 2D approaches. Silk film contact guidance was used to control the alignment and distribution of hCSSCs on RGD-treated single porous silk films, which were then stacked in an orthogonally, multi-layered architecture and cultured for 9 weeks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060071/corneal-lenticule-allotransplantation-after-femtosecond-laser-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-in-rabbits
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Jing Zhao, Yang Shen, Mi Tian, Ling Sun, Yu Zhao, Xiaoyu Zhang, Xingtao Zhou
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of allotransplanting extracted lenticules after femtosecond laser-assisted small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) in rabbits and the subsequent healing process. METHODS: Fourteen New Zealand white rabbits were divided evenly into 2 groups. The rabbits in group A received SMILE procedures with a -6.00 D correction. The lenticules from group A were immediately inserted into a femtosecond laser-created corneal stromal pocket in group B...
February 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026154/surface-topography-and-mechanical-strain-promote-keratocyte-phenotype-and-extracellular-matrix-formation-in-a-biomimetic-3d-corneal-model
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Wei Zhang, Jialin Chen, Ludvig J Backman, Adam D Malm, Patrik Danielson
The optimal functionality of the native corneal stroma is mainly dependent on the well-ordered arrangement of extracellular matrix (ECM) and the pressurized structure. In order to develop an in vitro corneal model, it is crucial to mimic the in vivo microenvironment of the cornea. In this study, the influence of surface topography and mechanical strain on keratocyte phenotype and ECM formation within a biomimetic 3D corneal model is studied. By modifying the surface topography of materials, it is found that patterned silk fibroin film with 600 grooves mm(-1) optimally supports cell alignment and ECM arrangement...
December 27, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018671/accelerated-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-using-topography-guided-uv-a-energy-emission-preliminary-clinical-and-morphological-outcomes
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Cosimo Mazzotta, Antonio Moramarco, Claudio Traversi, Stefano Baiocchi, Alfonso Iovieno, Luigi Fontana
Purpose. To assess the clinical and morphological outcomes of topography-guided accelerated corneal cross-linking. Design. Retrospective case series. Methods. 21 eyes of 20 patients with progressive keratoconus were enrolled. All patients underwent accelerated cross-linking using an ultraviolet-A (UVA) exposure with an energy release varying from 7.2 J/cm(2) up to 15 J/cm(2), according to the topographic corneal curvature. Uncorrected (UDVA) and corrected (CDVA) distance visual acuity, topography, in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM), and anterior segment optic coherence tomography (AS-OCT) were evaluated preoperatively and at the 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987771/adhesion-and-metabolic-activity-of-human-corneal-cells-on-pcl-based-nanofiber-matrices
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Piotr Stafiej, Florian Küng, Daniel Thieme, Marta Czugala, Friedrich E Kruse, Dirk W Schubert, Thomas A Fuchsluger
In this work, polycaprolactone (PCL) was used as a basic polymer for electrospinning of random and aligned nanofiber matrices. Our aim was to develop a biocompatible substrate for ophthalmological application to improve wound closure in defects of the cornea as replacement for human amniotic membrane. We investigated whether blending the hydrophobic PCL with poly (glycerol sebacate) (PGS) or chitosan (CHI) improves the biocompatibility of the matrices for cell expansion. Human corneal epithelial cells (HCEp) and human corneal keratocytes (HCK) were used for in vitro biocompatibility studies...
February 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939309/adhesion-dependent-wave-generation-in-crawling-cells
#15
Erin L Barnhart, Jun Allard, Sunny S Lou, Julie A Theriot, Alex Mogilner
Dynamic actin networks are excitable. In migrating cells, feedback loops can amplify stochastic fluctuations in actin dynamics, often resulting in traveling waves of protrusion. The precise contributions of various molecular and mechanical interactions to wave generation have been difficult to disentangle, in part due to complex cellular morphodynamics. Here we used a relatively simple cell type-the fish epithelial keratocyte-to define a set of mechanochemical feedback loops underlying actin network excitability and wave generation...
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930797/unusual-severe-interface-inflammation-after-uneventful-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-smile
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Damien Guindolet, Abdellatif Badaoui, Maud Elluard, Sophie Stephan, Serge Doan, Isabelle Cochereau, Eric E Gabison
PURPOSE: To describe a 40-year-old woman who complained of visual loss in her left eye 3 days after an uneventful bilateral myopic refractive surgery by small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE). METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 4 × 5 mm anterior central stromal infiltration was observed with moderate pain associated with decreased corneal sensitivity and neither discharge nor fluorescein staining. Bacterial and fungal smears and cultures from the SMILE interface were negative and local antibiotic ineffective...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924359/effects-of-4-methylumbelliferone-and-high-molecular-weight-hyaluronic-acid-on-the-inflammation-of-corneal-stromal-cells-induced-by-lps
#17
Fang Li, Peng Hao, Guangjie Liu, Weiyi Wang, Ruifang Han, Zhixin Jiang, Xuan Li
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of hyaluronic acid (HA) on the inflammation of corneal fibroblasts induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). METHODS: Primary rabbit corneal keratocytes were isolated with collagenase. The keratocytes were cultured in a serum-containing medium to induce corneal fibroblasts, which represented the wound repair phenotype of corneal keratocytes. Corneal fibroblasts were treated with LPS with or without 4-methylumbelliferone (4-MU) / high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HMWHA)...
December 6, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818315/il-20-promotes-epithelial-healing-of-the-injured-mouse-cornea
#18
Wanyu Zhang, Sri Magadi, Zhijie Li, C Wayne Smith, Alan R Burns
After corneal epithelial injury, the ensuing inflammatory response is necessary for efficient wound healing. While beneficial healing effects are attributed to recruited neutrophils and platelets, dysregulated inflammation (too little or too much) is associated with impaired wound healing. The purpose of this study was to use an established C57BL/6J mouse model of corneal injury to evaluate the potential modulatory role of interleukin-20 (IL-20) on the inflammatory and healing responses to epithelial wounding...
November 3, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815483/effect-of-autologous-serum-eye-drops-in-patients-with-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome-related-dry-eye-clinical-and-in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-evaluation-of-the-ocular-surface
#19
Francesco Semeraro, Eliana Forbice, Giuseppe Nascimbeni, Marco Taglietti, Vito Romano, Germano Guerra, Ciro Costagliola
AIM: To evaluate in vivo changes after therapy using autologous serum (AS) eye drops in Sjögren's syndrome (SS)-related dry eyes by confocal microscopy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this study, 24 patients with SS-related dry eyes [12 in AS eye drop therapy and 12 in artificial tear (AT) therapy] and 24 healthy volunteers were recruited. Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI), central corneal thickness, tear film, break-up time, corneal and conjunctival staining, Schirmer's test and corneal confocal microscopy were investigated...
November 2016: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802519/antiapoptotic-effect-of-acetylcholine-in-fas-induced-apoptosis-in-human-keratocytes
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Marta Sloniecka, Ludvig J Backman, Patrik Danielson
Purpose: To investigate the possible antiapoptotic effect of acetylcholine (ACh) in Fas-mediated apoptosis of primary human keratocytes in vitro, and to explore the underlying mechanism. Methods: Primary human keratocytes were isolated from healthy corneas. Fas ligand (FasL) was used to induce apoptosis in keratocytes. Cell death was assessed by ELISA. Activity of caspase-3, -7, -8, and -9 was measured with luminescent caspase activity assays. Expression of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) gene was assessed with RT-quantitative (q)PCR...
November 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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