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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087407/polymeric-micelles-for-ocular-drug-delivery-from-structural-frameworks-to-recent-preclinical-studies
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REVIEW
Abhirup Mandal, Rohit Bisht, Ilva D Rupenthal, Ashim K Mitra
Effective intraocular drug delivery poses a major challenge due to the presence of various elimination mechanisms and physiological barriers that result in low ocular bioavailability after topical application. Over the past decades, polymeric micelles have emerged as one of the most promising drug delivery platforms for the management of ocular diseases affecting the anterior (dry eye syndrome) and posterior (age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma) segments of the eye. Promising preclinical efficacy results from both in-vitro and in-vivo animal studies have led to their steady progression through clinical trials...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081151/human-lacrimal-gland-gene-expression
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Vinay Kumar Aakalu, Sowmya Parameswaran, Mark Maienschein-Cline, Neil Bahroos, Dhara Shah, Marwan Ali, Subramanian Krishnakumar
BACKGROUND: The study of human lacrimal gland biology and development is limited. Lacrimal gland tissue is damaged or poorly functional in a number of disease states including dry eye disease. Development of cell based therapies for lacrimal gland diseases requires a better understanding of the gene expression and signaling pathways in lacrimal gland. Differential gene expression analysis between lacrimal gland and other embryologically similar tissues may be helpful in furthering our understanding of lacrimal gland development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079243/serum-levels-of-vitamin-a-visual-function-and-ocular-surface-after-bariatric-surgery
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Luana Paula Nogueira de Araújo Brandão, Lucio Vilar, Bernardo Menelau Cavalcanti, Pedro Henrique Amorim Brandão, Tiago Eugênio Faria E Arantes, Josemberg Marins Campos
BACKGROUND: - Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severe obesity, but the surgery increases the risk of developing nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin A deficiency. In human metabolism, vitamin A plays a role in vision. OBJECTIVE: - To evaluate serum vitamin A, visual function and ocular surface of patients undergoing bariatric surgery. METHODS: - A cross-sectional and analytical study was conduced with 28 patients undergoing bariatric surgery for at least 6 months...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079022/lifitegrast-for-the-treatment-of-dry-eye-disease-results-of-a-phase-iii-randomized-double-masked-placebo-controlled-trial-opus-3
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Edward J Holland, Jodi Luchs, Paul M Karpecki, Kelly K Nichols, Mitchell A Jackson, Kenneth Sall, Joseph Tauber, Monica Roy, Aparna Raychaudhuri, Amir Shojaei
PURPOSE: Lifitegrast is a lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 antagonist developed to reduce inflammation in dry eye disease (DED). We report the results of OPUS-3 (NCT02284516), a phase III study evaluating the efficacy and safety of lifitegrast versus placebo in participants with DED. DESIGN: Twelve-week, phase III, randomized, double-masked, multicenter, placebo-controlled study. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged ≥18 years with Schirmer tear test (without anesthesia) ≥1 and ≤10 mm, corneal fluorescein staining score ≥2...
January 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078480/muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptor-mediated-tight-junction-opening-is-involved-in-epiphora-in-late-phase-of-submandibular-gland-transplantation
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Ning-Yan Yang, Chong Ding, Jing Li, Yan Zhang, Ruo-Lan Xiang, Li-Ling Wu, Guang-Yan Yu, Xin Cong
Submandibular gland (SMG) autotransplantation is an effective therapy for treating severe dry eye syndrome. However, epiphora occurs in more than 40% of patients 6 months after operation. We previously found that muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR) plays a crucial role in regulating SMG secretion partially through the modulation on tight junction (TJ)-based paracellular pathway. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the possible involvement of mAChR and TJ in a rabbit long-term model of SMG transplantation...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077823/association-of-health-symptoms-with-low-level-exposure-to-organophosphates-dna-damage-ache-activity-and-occupational-knowledge-and-practice-among-rice-corn-and-double-crop-farmers
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Surat Hongsibsong, Nalin Sittitoon, Ratana Sapbamrer
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to determine (1) total dialkylphosphate (ΣDAP) levels, occupational knowledge and practice, DNA damage, AChE activity, and health symptoms in rice, corn, and double-crop farmers; (2) the association of health symptoms with ΣDAP levels, occupational knowledge and practice, DNA damage, and AChE activity in farmers; and (3) the prevalence of health symptoms between farmers and non-farmers. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted by interviewing as well as analyzing urine and blood samples during July to August 2014...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070718/first-in-human-trial-of-an-anti-5t4-antibody-monomethylauristatin-conjugate-pf-06263507-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors
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Geoffrey I Shapiro, Ulka N Vaishampayan, Patricia LoRusso, Jeremy Barton, Steven Hua, Steven D Reich, Ronald Shazer, Carrie T Taylor, Dawei Xuan, Hossein Borghaei
Background The antibody-drug conjugate PF-06263507 targets the cell-surface, tumor-associated antigen 5T4 and consists of a humanized IgG1 conjugated to the microtubule-disrupting agent monomethylauristatin-F by a non-cleavable maleimidocaproyl linker. In this first-in-human, dose-finding trial (NCT01891669), we evaluated safety, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary antitumor activity of PF-06263507 in pretreated patients with advanced solid tumors, unselected for 5T4 expression. starting at 0.05 mg/kg, with 25, 56, and 95% dose increments, depending on observed dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs), applying a modified continual reassessment method...
January 9, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069071/sporadic-cases-of-adult-measles-a-research-article
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Ranjan Premaratna, Nathasha Luke, Harsha Perera, Mahesh Gunathilake, Pubudu Amarasena, T G A Nilmini Chandrasena
BACKGROUND: Measles caused by a paramyxovirus, characterized by fever, malaise, cough, coryza conjunctivitis, a maculopapular rash is known to result in pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Fatal cases of measles in Sri Lanka are rare after implementation of the National Immunization Programme in 1984. Thereafter 0.1% case fatality rate was observed during October 1999-June 2000 which is a very low figure compared to other regional countries. Immunization guidelines were further revised in 2001, 2011 and in 2012 when additional immunization was recommended to age group 4-21 years; who are likely to have inadequate immunization, in order to achieve elimination of Measles by 2020...
January 10, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068444/effectiveness-of-an-eyelid-thermal-pulsation-procedure-to-treat-recalcitrant-dry-eye-symptoms-after-laser-vision-correction
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Craig S Schallhorn, Julie M Schallhorn, Stephen Hannan, Steven C Schallhorn
PURPOSE: To provide an initial retrospective evaluation of the effectiveness of a thermal pulsation system to treat intractable patient-reported dye eye symptoms following laser vision correction. METHODS: A total of 109 eyes of 57 patients underwent thermal pulsation therapy (LipiFlow; TearScience, Morrisville, NC) for the treatment of dry eye symptoms following laser vision correction. A standardized dry eye questionnaire, the Standard Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness (SPEED II), was administered to all patients before and after thermal pulsation therapy...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067362/electrochemical-manipulation-of-cell-populations-supported-by-biodegradable-polymeric-nanosheets-for-cell-transplantation-therapy
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Jin Suzuki, Nobuhiro Nagai, Matsuhiko Nishizawa, Toshiaki Abe, Hirokazu Kaji
We describe an electrochemical method of harvesting cells cultured on a biodegradable polymeric nanosheet (cell/nanosheet construct), which is stabilized on a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of thiol molecules. A poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanosheet was attached by hydrophobic interactions onto the surface of a SAM of l-cysteine coated onto a gold electrode. Retinal pigment epithelial cell lines (RPE-J cells) were cultured on the nanosheet to form a monolayer. An AA-size dry battery was used to apply a negative electrical potential, causing reductive desorption of the SAM from the gold surface...
January 9, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065724/epidemiology-of-dry-eye-disease-in-africa-the-sparse-information-gaps-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
A E Osae, U Gehlsen, J Horstmann, S Siebelmann, M E Stern, D B Kumah, P Steven
Dry eye disease (DED) is an increasingly significant clinical problem in developing countries and/or emerging economies. Existing studies on DED conducted in these areas have largely reported on associations between DED and infectious disease (trachoma) and malnutrition (hypovitaminosis A), but current trends of industrialization, urbanization, and modernization in these areas could result in a shift to other forms of DED. Herein, we review the epidemiology of DED in these geographic areas, highlighting potential causes and risk factors of DED while presenting information on diagnostic tools and algorithms and insight into some treatment modalities of DED that could prove useful to clinicians and investigators in these regions...
January 5, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060936/clinical-evaluation-of-a-royal-jelly-supplementation-for-the-restoration-of-dry-eye-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study-and-an-experimental-mouse-model
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Sachiko Inoue, Motoko Kawashima, Ryuji Hisamura, Toshihiro Imada, Yusuke Izuta, Shigeru Nakamura, Masataka Ito, Kazuo Tsubota
BACKGROUND: Dry eye is a multifactorial disease characterized by ocular discomfort and visual impairment. Lacrimal gland function has been shown to decrease with aging, a known potent risk factor for dry eye. We have previously found that orally administrated royal jelly (RJ) restored tear secretion in a rat model of dry eye. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We examined the effects of RJ oral administration on dry eye in this prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060072/zone-i-of-tear-microdesiccates-is-a-lipid-containing-structure
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Felipe Traipe, Leonidas Traipe, Daniela Salinas-Toro, Daniela López, Felipe Valenzuela, Claudio Pérez, Cristian Cartes, Francisca Zuazo, Patricia Varela, Héctor Toledo-Araya, Remigio López-Solís
PURPOSE: Morphological features of tear microdesiccates on glass surfaces have been associated with tear fluid status. Tear-film lipids play a critical role in the pathophysiology of some ocular surface disorders. Tear microdesiccates display 4 distinctive morphological domains (zones I, II, III, and transition band). In this study, we investigated the lipid location in tear microdesiccates. METHODS: Tear from individual healthy eyes (assessed by symptoms, signs, and slit-lamp examination) was collected using absorbing minisponges...
February 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060067/patients-with-dry-eye-disease-and-low-subbasal-nerve-density-are-at-high-risk-for-accelerated-corneal-endothelial-cell-loss
#14
Ahmad Kheirkhah, Vannarut Satitpitakul, Pedram Hamrah, Reza Dana
PURPOSE: To evaluate changes in corneal endothelial cell density over time in patients with dry eye disease (DED) and to correlate endothelial cell loss with corneal subbasal nerve density. METHODS: This retrospective study included 40 eyes of 20 patients with DED. Laser in vivo confocal microscopy had been performed in the central cornea of both eyes at an initial visit and repeated after a mean follow-up of 33.2 ± 10.2 months. The densities of corneal endothelial cells and subbasal nerves were measured in both visits and compared with 13 eyes of 13 normal age-matched controls...
February 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060066/assessment-of-the-tear-meniscus-by-strip-meniscometry-and-keratograph-in-patients-with-dry-eye-disease-according-to-the-presence-of-meibomian-gland-dysfunction
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Kang Won Lee, Jung Yong Kim, Hee Seung Chin, Kyoung Yul Seo, Tae-Im Kim, Ji Won Jung
PURPOSE: We aimed to compare the tear meniscus measurements using strip meniscometry (SM) and Keratograph5M (K5M) between 3 subtypes of dry eye disease patient groups, classified according to the presence of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and normal subjects. METHODS: We enrolled 145 eyes from 145 subjects and measured the tear meniscus using SM and K5M, tear film breakup time, ocular surface staining, and ocular surface disease index; the Schirmer test; and examined lid margins and meibomian glands...
February 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060064/automated-measurement-of-tear-film-dynamics-and-lipid-layer-thickness-for-assessment-of-non-sj%C3%A3-gren-dry-eye-syndrome-with-meibomian-gland-dysfunction
#16
Yong Woo Ji, Jeihoon Lee, Hun Lee, Kyoung Yul Seo, Eung Kweon Kim, Tae-Im Kim
PURPOSE: To investigate automated values from an advanced corneal topographer with a built-in real keratometer, color camera, and ocular surface interferometer for the evaluation of non-Sjögren dry eye syndrome (NSDES) with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). METHODS: Sixty-four patients (64 eyes) diagnosed with NSDES with MGD were enrolled. All eyes were evaluated using the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI), fluorescence staining score, tear film breakup time (TBUT), Schirmer test, and MGD grade...
February 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060063/oral-omega-3-fatty-acid-supplementation-for-laser-in-situ-keratomileusis-associated-dry-eye
#17
Parul Goyal, Arun K Jain, Chintan Malhotra
PURPOSE: To determine the effect of oral omega-3 fatty acid (ω3FA) supplementation in laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK)-associated dry eye. METHODS: In this prospective, open-label study, patients undergoing LASIK were randomized to receive either 1.2 g/d of a triglyceride formulation of oral ω3FA (treatment group) or 400 mg/d vitamin E (control group) for 1 week before and continued for 12 weeks after surgery. Ocular surface disease index, tear breakup time, ocular surface staining, and Schirmer scores were evaluated and compared preoperatively and at 3 months after LASIK...
February 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058622/lifitegrast-ophthalmic-solution-5-a-review-in-dry-eye-disease
#18
Gillian M Keating
Lifitegrast is a novel small molecule integrin antagonist that blocks the binding of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) to lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1). Lifitegrast ophthalmic solution 5% (Xiidra™) was recently approved in the USA for the treatment of dry eye disease. The efficacy of lifitegrast ophthalmic solution 5% was compared with vehicle in a 12-week phase 2 study and three 12-week phase 3 studies (OPUS-1, OPUS-2 and OPUS-3) in patients with dry eye disease. Taken as a whole, results of these trials support the treatment effect of lifitegrast ophthalmic solution 5% in improving a symptom of dry eye disease (i...
January 6, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056553/quercetin-and-the-ocular-surface-what-we-know-and-where-we-are-going
#19
Tina B McKay, Dimitrios Karamichos
Flavonoids are a class of plant and fungus secondary metabolites that serve functional roles in protecting against UV-induced oxidative stress, mediating auxin signaling, and promoting microbial defense. Flavonoids are extremely abundant in nature where their potent antioxidant capacity and very low toxicity makes them highly attractive as potential therapeutic agents. In terms of clinical applications, neither the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved any health claims or drugs related to the use of flavonoids for therapeutic purposes...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051088/lacrimal-gland-derived-il-22-regulates-il-17-mediated-ocular-mucosal-inflammation
#20
Y W Ji, S K Mittal, H S Hwang, E-J Chang, J H Lee, Y Seo, A Yeo, H Noh, H S Lee, S K Chauhan, H K Lee
Inflammatory damage of mucosal surface of the eye is a hallmark of dry eye disease (DED) and, in severe cases, can lead to significant discomfort, visual impairment, and blindness. DED is a multifactorial autoimmune disorder with a largely unknown pathogenesis. Using a cross-sectional patient study and a well-characterized murine model of DED, herein we investigated the immunoregulatory function of interleukin-22 (IL-22) in the pathogenesis of DED. We found that IL-22 levels were elevated in lacrimal fluids of DED patients and inversely correlated with severity of disease...
January 4, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
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