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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101724/adjunctive-role-of-self-retained-cryopreserved-amniotic-membrane-in-treating-immune-related-dry-eye-disease
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Anny M S Cheng, Sean Tighe, Hosam Sheha, Scheffer C G Tseng
PURPOSE: To present a case of successful treatment of immune-related severe dry eye disease (DED) by self-retained cryopreserved amniotic membrane (CAM) in conjunction with conventional and systemic immunotherapy. OBSERVATIONS: A 48-year-old female with a 10-year history of rheumatoid arthritis under systemic immunomodulation developed non-resolved severe ocular dryness, pain, photophobia and blurred vision due to corneal epithelial keratopathy OD much worse than OS despite topical artificial tears, steroids, cyclosporine, autologous serum drops, punctal plugs and scleral lens for the last 3 years...
November 3, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967470/involvement-of-synovial-matrix-degradation-and-angiogenesis-in-oxidative-stress-exposed-degenerative-rotator-cuff-tears-with-osteoarthritis
#2
Kyu-Cheol Noh, Sin-Hye Park, Cheol Jung Yang, Geun Woo Lee, Min Ki Kim, Young-Hee Kang
BACKGROUND: Shoulder osteoarthritis is a gradual wearing of the articular cartilage concomitant with degenerative rotator cuff tears (RCTs). This pathologic disorder is related to inflammation, oxidative stress, and angiogenesis. Degenerative alterations may prompt production of cytokines and angiogenesis-related proteins, evoking rotator cuff diseases. This study tested the hypothesis that oxidative stress-responsive mediators can influence joint inflammation of patients with RCT. METHODS: Twelve healthy RCT patients not suffering shoulder osteoarthritis were categorized as the control group, and 24 patients were allocated to 2 RCT groups (RCTP1 and RCTP2), according to severity of RCT and glenohumeral arthritis...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953600/adhesion-of-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-delftia-acidovorans-and-achromobacter-xylosoxidans-to-contact-lenses
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Ajay Kumar Vijay, Mark D P Willcox
PURPOSE: Contact lens cases become contaminated with microbes during use. We wished to compare the adhesion of uncommon bacterial contaminants isolated from lens cases to contact lenses with and without organic soil. METHODS: Strains of Delftia acidovorans (001), Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (002 and 006), and Achromobacter xylosoxidans (001) isolated from contact lens cases (test strains) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Paer1) isolated from eyes at the time of infiltrative response (control strain) were used...
September 26, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930832/early-central-and-peripheral-corneal-microstructural-changes-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-identified-using-in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-a-case-control-study
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Jing-Hao Qu, Lei Tian, Xiao-Yu Zhang, Xu-Guang Sun
The aim of this study was to find early central and peripheral corneal microstructural changes in healthy subjects and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients with/without cornea fluorescein dot staining.This is a prospective case-control study of T2DM patients with/without cornea fluorescein dot staining. Age, sex, duration of diabetes, and serum glycosylated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels were recorded. Keratograph 5 M (K5 M) and in vivo confocal microscopy were performed on all subjects. The cornea was divided into 5 zones: central, superior, temporal, nasal, and inferior...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919183/impact-of-oral-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-the-ocular-surface-in-people-with-dry-eye-and-or-low-serum-vitamin-d
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Chih-Huang Yang, Julie Albietz, Damien G Harkin, Michael G Kimlin, Katrina L Schmid
PURPOSE: To determine the possible association between serum vitamin D levels and dry eye symptoms, and the impact of an oral vitamin D supplement. METHODS: Three linked studies were performed. (i) 29 older adult participants, (ii) 29 dry eyed participants, and (iii) 2-month vitamin D supplementation for 32 dry eyed/low serum vitamin D levelled participants. All participants were assessed by the Ocular Surface Diseases Index (OSDI) to determine dry eye symptoms, and the phenol red thread test (PRT) and/or Schirmer's tear test, tear meniscus height, non-invasive tear break up time, grading ocular surface redness and fluorescein staining of the cornea to detect the tear quality and ocular surface conditions...
September 11, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902012/comparison-of-oral-voriconazole-versus-oral-ketoconazole-as-an-adjunct-to-topical-natamycin-in-severe-fungal-keratitis-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Namrata Sharma, Deepali Singhal, Prafulla K Maharana, Rajesh Sinha, Tushar Agarwal, Ashish D Upadhyay, Thirumurthy Velpandian, Gita Satpathy, Jeewan S Titiyal
PURPOSE: To compare the efficacy of oral voriconazole (VCZ) with oral ketoconazole (KCZ) as an adjunct to topical natamycin in severe fungal keratitis. METHODS: Fifty eyes of 50 patients with proven severe fungal keratitis, (>5 mm size, involving >4 mm central cornea and >50% stromal depth), smear, and/or culture positive were randomized to receive either oral VCZ (n = 25) or oral KCZ (n = 25) 200 mg twice a day. Both groups received topical natamycin along with oral medication...
December 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888901/oral-administration-of-undenatured-native-chicken-type-ii-collagen-uc-ii-diminished-deterioration-of-articular-cartilage-in-a-rat-model-of-osteoarthritis-oa
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C M Bagi, E R Berryman, S Teo, N E Lane
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the ability of undenatured native chicken type II collagen (UC-II) to prevent excessive articular cartilage deterioration in a rat model of osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: Twenty male rats were subjected to partial medial meniscectomy tear (PMMT) surgery to induce OA. Immediately after the surgery 10 rats received vehicle and another 10 rats oral daily dose of UC-II at 0.66 mg/kg for a period of 8 weeks. In addition 10 naïve rats were used as an intact control and another 10 rats received sham surgery...
September 6, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873175/development-of-a-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-lysine-contact-lens-as-a-drug-delivery-device-for-the-treatment-of-fungal-keratitis
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Andrew G Gallagher, Keri McLean, Rosalind M K Stewart, Don A Wellings, Heather E Allison, Rachel L Williams
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a more efficient drug delivery device to overcome the limitations of current drop therapy for the treatment of fungal keratitis. Methods: Amphotericin B (AmpB), 0 to 30 μg/mL, was associated with a poly-ε-lysine (pεK) hydrogel. Fungicidal effect against Candida albicans was assessed at 18 and 42 hours by optical density (OD600) and growth on agar. Tear film dilution effect was mimicked by storage of AmpB pεK gels in 3...
September 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853177/recent-advances-in-ce-and-microchip-ce-in-clinical-applications-2014-to-mid-2017
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Terry M Phillips
CE and microchip CE (ME)are powerful tools for the analysis of a number of different analytes and have been applied to a variety of clinical fields and human samples. This review will present an overview of the most recent applications of these techniques to different areas of clinical medicine during the period of 2014 to mid-2017. CE and ME have been applied to clinical chemistry, drug detection and monitoring, hematology, infectious diseases, oncology, endocrinology, neonatology, nephrology, and genetic screening...
August 29, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844373/blood-derived-eye-drops-for-the-treatment-of-cornea-and-ocular-surface-diseases
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REVIEW
Giuseppe Giannaccare, Piera Versura, Marina Buzzi, Laura Primavera, Marco Pellegrini, Emilio C Campos
The use of blood derived eye drops for the treatment of ocular surface disorders has become increasingly popular in recent years. The mechanism of action is the stimulation of cellular proliferation and migration by supplying an active mixture of growth factors and cytokines at the ocular surface, thus mimicking the function of the lacking natural tears. Blood derived eye drops have been used in the last decades for the treatment of a variety of ocular surface diseases, including mainly dry eye disease, persistent corneal epithelial defect, corneal ulcer, ocular surface burn, recurrent corneal erosion and limbal stem-cell deficiency...
August 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808190/cholesterol-crystal-embolization-following-plaque-rupture-a-systemic-disease-with-unusual-features
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Firas Ghanem, Deepthi Vodnala, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Sridevi Durga, Noah Thormeier, Prem Subramaniyam, Scott Abela, George S Abela
Cholesterol crystal embolic (CCE) syndrome is often a clinically challenging condition that has a poor prognostic implication. It is a result of plaque rupture with release of cholesterol crystals into the circulation that embolize into various tissue organs. Plaque rupture seems to be triggered by an expanding necrotic core during cholesterol crystallization forming sharp tipped crystals that perforate and tear the fibrous cap. Embolizing cholesterol crystals then initiate both local and systemic inflammation that eventually lead to vascular fibrosis and obstruction causing symptoms that can mimic other vasculitic conditions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718904/autologous-serum-eye-drops-and-enhanced-epithelial-healing-time-after-photorefractive-keratectomy
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Hanife Tuba Akcam, Metin Unlu, Emine Esra Karaca, Hulya Yazici, Bahri Aydin, Ahmet Murad Hondur
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study is to test whether use of autologous serum eye-drops can provide earlier epithelial healing following the application of photorefractive keratectomy. METHOD: Sixty patients (60 eyes) underwent photorefractive keratectomy for myopia. Thirty eyes received autologous serum drops (Study group) while 30 eyes received conventional artificial tears (Control group) after photorefractive keratectomy. An 8 mm epithelial opening was prepared with the application of 18 per cent alcohol for 20 seconds...
July 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689929/serum-c-reactive-protein-in-patients-undergoing-elective-shoulder-arthroplasty-prospective-study
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Carlos Torrens, Fernando Santana, Raquel Marí, Lluis Puig, Albert Alier
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to determine the normalization curve of the serum C-reactive protein (CRP) in elective shoulder arthroplasty. METHODS: A prospective study including 58 consecutive patients who had undergone elective shoulder arthroplasty. Forty-one patients had received a Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty, 13 a Total Shoulder Arthroplasty and 4 a Hemiarthroplasty. Based on a pilot study, blood samples to determine CRP values were obtained at baseline (1 h before surgery), on the 1st, 2nd, 6th, 8th and 14th postoperative days...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686485/impaired-salivary-gland-activity-in-patients-with-autoimmune-polyendocrine-syndrome-type-i
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Bergithe E Oftedal, Mihaela Cuida Marthinussen, Martina M Erichsen, Maria K Tveitarås, Anja Kjellesvik-Kristiansen, Daniel Hammenfors, Malin V Jonsson, Kai Kisand, Roland Jonsson, Anette S B Wolff
Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type I (APS-I) is a severe disease caused by mutations in the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. We hypothesized that salivary gland dysfunction could be a possible unexplored component of these patients and here aimed to investigate salivary and lachrymal symptoms in the Norwegian cohort of APS-I patients (N = 41) and the aetiology behind it. Sicca symptoms and possible corresponding underlying factors were assessed by subjective reports combined with objective measures of saliva and tear flow, serological testing, immune fluorescence microscopy, ultrasonography and searching for putative autoantibodies in the salivary glands...
July 7, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678871/the-effect-of-infectious-dose-on-humoral-and-cellular-immune-responses-in-chlamydophila-caviae-primary-ocular-infection
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Ana Filipovic, Ehsan Ghasemian, Aleksandra Inic-Kanada, Ivana Lukic, Elisabeth Stein, Emilija Marinkovic, Radmila Djokic, Dejana Kosanovic, Nadine Schuerer, Hadeel Chalabi, Sandra Belij-Rammerstorfer, Marijana Stojanovic, Talin Barisani-Asenbauer
Following infection, the balance between protective immunity and immunopathology often depends on the initial infectious load. Several studies have investigated the effect of infectious dose; however, the mechanism by which infectious dose affects disease outcomes and the development of a protective immune response is not known. The aim of this study was to investigate how the infectious dose modulates the local and systemic humoral and the cellular immune responses during primary ocular chlamydial infection in the guinea pig animal model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662088/automated-interpretation-of-influenza-hemagglutination-inhibition-hai-assays-is-plate-tilting-necessary
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Garrett Wilson, Zhiping Ye, Hang Xie, Steven Vahl, Erica Dawson, Kathy Rowlen
The hemagglutination inhibition assay (HAI) is widely used to evaluate vaccine-induced antibody responses as well as to antigenically characterize influenza viruses. The results of an HAI assay are based on an endpoint titration where the titers are generally manually interpreted and recorded by a well-trained expert. For serological applications, the lack of standardization in endpoint interpretation and interference from non-specific inhibitors in clinical samples can translate into a high degree of variability in the results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655773/ectodysplasin-a-protein-promotes-corneal-epithelial-cell-proliferation
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Sanming Li, Jing Zhou, Jinghua Bu, Ke Ning, Liying Zhang, Juan Li, Yuli Guo, Xin He, Hui He, Xiaoxin Cai, Yongxiong Chen, Peter Sol Reinach, Zuguo Liu, Wei Li
The EDA gene encodes ectodysplasin A (Eda), which if mutated causes X-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED) disease in humans. Ocular surface changes occur in XLHED patients whereas its underlying mechanism remains elusive. In this study, we found Eda was highly expressed in meibomian glands, and it was detected in human tears but not serum. Corneal epithelial integrity was defective and the thickness was reduced in the early postnatal stage of Eda mutant Tabby mice. Corneal epithelial cell proliferation decreased and the epithelial wound healing was delayed in Tabby mice, whereas it was restored by exogenous Eda...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639235/biofluid-lipidome-a-source-for-potential-diagnostic-biomarkers
#18
REVIEW
Arkasubhra Ghosh, Krishnatej Nishtala
Lipidomics is the identification and quantitation of changes in the lipidome of a cell, tissue, organ or biofluid in health and disease using high resolution mass spectrometry. Lipidome of a particular organism has relevance to the disease manifestation as it reflects the metabolic changes which can be a consequence of the disease. Hence these changes in the molecules can be considered as potential markers for screening and early detection of the disease. Biological fluids as blood/serum/plasma, urine, saliva, tear and cerebrospinal fluid, due to their accessibility, offer ease of collection with minimal or no discomfort to the patient and provide a ready footprint of the metabolic changes occurring during disease...
December 2017: Clinical and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603519/antigen-sparing-and-enhanced-efficacy-of-multivalent-vaccines-adjuvanted-with-immunopotentiators-in-chickens
#19
Peipei Wu, Jihu Lu, Lei Feng, Hongzhuan Wu, Xuehua Zhang, Mei Mei, Jibo Hou, Xiufan Liu, Yinghua Tang
We previously described that immunopotentiators, CVCVA5, increased the efficacy of H5 and H9 subtype avian influenza vaccines in chickens, ducks, and geese. In this study, we further investigated the effects of the CVCVA5 for improving the efficacy of other univalent or multivalent inactivated vaccines. The immune response administrated with half-dose of monovalent vaccine plus CVCVA5 were higher than those of one dose of monovalent vaccine without immunopotentiators as measured by levels of antibodies from serum, tears and bronchoalveolar lavage fluids, and cytokines of IFNγ and IL-4 from serum...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523996/micro-rnas-exercise-and-cellular-plasticity-in-humans-the-impact-of-dietary-factors-and-hypoxia
#20
Timothée Watier, Anthony Mj Sanchez
Physical exercise is a stress that modulates a plethora of cellular mechanisms to promote morphological and metabolic adaptations. Substantial efforts have been made to better understand the modulation of pathways involved in cell plasticity during exercise, but human explorations may be limited because invasive procedures are often required. In recent years, minimally invasive methods for the analysis of microRNAs (miRNAs) modulation in response to exercise have been developed. miRNAs are small molecules that belong to a family of non-coding RNAs...
May 19, 2017: MicroRNA
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