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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432932/surveillance-of-vittaforma-corneae-in-hot-springs-by-a-small-volume-procedure
#1
Jung-Sheng Chen, Tsui-Kang Hsu, Bing-Mu Hsu, Tung-Yi Huang, Yu-Li Huang, Men-Fang Shaio, Dar-Der Ji
Vittaforma corneae is an obligate intracellular fungus and can cause human ocular microsporidiosis. Although accumulating reports of V. corneae causing keratoconjunctivitis in both healthy and immunocompromised persons have been published, little is known about the organism's occurrence in aquatic environments. Limitations in detection sensitivity have meant a large sampling volume is required to detect the pathogen up to now, which is problematic. A recent study in Taiwan has shown that some individuals suffering from microsporidial keratitis (MK) were infected after exposure to the pathogen at a hot spring...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432580/corneal-melting-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-treated-with-a-tectonic-reinforcing-corneolimbal-graft-an-interventional-case-series
#2
Eitan Livny, Michael Mimouni, Irit Bahar, Yair Molad, Assaf Gershoni, Israel Kremer
PURPOSE: Corneal melting with perforation is a severe ophthalmic complication of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. It requires urgent medical management in order to maintain the integrity of the globe and preserve vision. Treating this complication by penetrating keratoplasty is problematic due to the high rate of recurrence of corneal melting as well as other complications. We describe the use of a tectonic fresh-tissue corneolimbal covering graft. METHODS: An interventional case series including three patients that presented to our tertiary center between 2000 and 2015 with corneal melting and perforation, secondary to rheumatoid arthritis...
April 21, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430323/povidone-iodine-3-minute-exposure-time-is-viable-in-preparation-for-cataract-surgery
#3
Chu Luan Nguyen, Lawrence J Oh, Eugene Wong, Ian C Francis
PURPOSE: Povidone-iodine (PI) is widely used to reduce the preoperative conjunctival bacterial load. This study aimed to evaluate the employment of PI 10% in an attempt to sterilize the ocular surface prior to cataract surgery, and to show that PI could be left in contact for 3 minutes. The viability of this exposure time in clinical practice, associated adverse events, and visual outcomes were documented. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, phacoemulsification cataract surgery was performed in 604 patients by a single surgeon...
April 7, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429294/ocular-cubosome-drug-delivery-system-for-timolol-maleate-preparation-characterization-cytotoxicity-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#4
Jiayuan Huang, Tingting Peng, Yanrong Li, Zhengwen Zhan, Youmei Zeng, Ying Huang, Xin Pan, Chuan-Yu Wu, Chuanbin Wu
Glaucoma is an ocular disease featuring increased intraocular pressure (IOP) and its primary treatment strategy is to lower IOP by medication. Current ocular drug delivery in treating glaucoma is confronting a variety of challenges, such as low corneal permeability and bioavailability due to the unique anatomical structure of the human eye. To tackle these challenges, a cubosome drug delivery system for glaucoma treatment was constructed for timolol maleate (TM) in this study. The TM cubosomes (liquid crystalline nanoparticles) were prepared using glycerol monooleate and poloxamer 407 via high-pressure homogenization...
April 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428556/treatment-of-donor-corneal-tissue-with-immunomodulatory-cytokines-a-novel-strategy-to-promote-graft-survival-in-high-risk-corneal-transplantation
#5
Maryam Tahvildari, Parisa Emami-Naeini, Masahiro Omoto, Alireza Mashaghi, Sunil K Chauhan, Reza Dana
Antigen-presenting cells (APCs) play an important role in transplant rejection and tolerance. In high-risk corneal transplantation, where the graft bed is inflamed and vascularized, immature APCs in the donor corneal stroma quickly mature and migrate to lymphoid tissues to sensitize host T cells. In this study, using a mouse model of corneal transplantation, we investigated whether enrichment of tolerogenic APCs (tolAPCs) in donor corneas can enhance graft survival in corneal allograft recipients with inflamed graft beds...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428541/tissue-engineered-cornea-constructed-with-compressed-collagen-and-laser-perforated-electrospun-mat
#6
Bin Kong, Wei Sun, Guoshi Chen, Song Tang, Ming Li, Zengwu Shao, Shengli Mi
While Plastic Compressed (PC) collagen technique is often used to fabricate bioengineered constructs, PC collagen gels are too weak to be sutured or conveniently handled for clinical applications. To overcome this limitation, electrospun poly (lactic-co-glycolide) (PLGA) mats, which have excellent biocompatibility and mechanical properties, were combined with PC collagen to fabricate sandwich-like hybrid constructs. By laser-perforating holes with different sizes and spacings in the electrospun mats to regulate the mechanical properties and light transmittance of the hybrid constructs, we produced hybrid constructs with properties very suitable to apply in corneal tissue engineering...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426715/acute-hypoxia-influences-collagen-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-expression-by-human-keratoconus-cells-in-vitro
#7
Tina B McKay, Jesper Hjortdal, Shrestha Priyadarsini, Dimitrios Karamichos
Keratoconus (KC) is a progressive corneal ectasia linked to thinning of the central cornea. Hard contact lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, and scleral lenses are the primary treatment modalities for early to mid- stages of KC to correct refractive error and astigmatism that develops as a result of an irregular corneal structure. These treatments are associated with significant drawbacks, including reduced availability of the tear film and oxygen to the corneal epithelium and stroma. However, it remains unknown whether hypoxia affects corneal integrity in the KC pathobiology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425625/a-missense-mutation-in-damage-specific-dna-binding-protein-2-is-a-genetic-risk-factor-for-limbal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-horses
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Rebecca R Bellone, Jiayin Liu, Jessica L Petersen, Maura Mack, Moriel Singer-Berk, Cord Drögemüller, Julia Malvick, Barbara Wallner, Gottfried Brem, M Cecilia Penedo, Mary Lassaline
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the most common cancer of the equine eye, frequently originating at the limbus, with the potential to invade the cornea, cause visual impairment, and result in loss of the eye. Several breeds of horses have a high occurrence of limbal SCC implicating a genetic basis for limbal SCC predisposition. Pedigree analysis in the Haflinger breed supports a simple recessive mode of inheritance and a genome wide association study (N=23) identified a 1.5 Mb locus on ECA12 significantly associated with limbal SCC (Pcorrected = 0...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421398/supradescemetic-voriconazole-injection-for-candida-parapsilosis-keratitis
#9
Nikolaos Mamas, Konstantinos Andreanos, Klio Chatzistefanou, Petros Petrou, Dimitrios Brouzas, George Kymionis, Chrysanthi Koutsandrea, Konstantinos Droutsas
PURPOSE: To describe a technique for intracorneal application of voriconazole into the supradescemetic space in a case of deep recalcitrant Candida parapsilosis keratitis of a penetrating cornea graft. METHODS: A deep intracorneal incision reaching the center of the corneal infiltrate was created with a 20-gauge MVR blade. Then, a 27-gauge hydrodissection cannula was inserted deep into the corneal pocket, and 0.1 ml of voriconazole 0.5 mg/ml was injected until a bullous detachment of Descemet membrane (DM) covered 1/3 of the graft's area...
April 18, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420991/gabapentin-attenuates-ocular-inflammation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies
#10
Carmelina D Anfuso, Melania Olivieri, Annamaria Fidilio, Gabriella Lupo, Dario Rusciano, Salvatore Pezzino, Caterina Gagliano, Filippo Drago, Claudio Bucolo
To investigate the effects of gabapentin, a structural analog of γ-amino butyric acid (GABA), on the inflammatory response of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated rabbit corneal cells (SIRC) and on endotoxin-induced uveitis (EIU) in rabbits. We investigated the LPS-induced expression of several inflammatory mediators, such as TNF-α, IL-1β, cPLA2, COX-2, and PGE2 in the SIRC cells with or without gabapentin treatment. Gabapentin treatment significantly (p < 0.05) attenuated cytokines production, cPLA2 activation, COX-2 expression, and PGE2 levels in SIRC...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420308/nanodispersion-loaded-mucoadhesive-polymeric-inserts-for-prolonged-treatment-of-postoperative-ocular-inflammation
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Nadia Morsi, Dalia Ghorab, Hanan Refai, Hoda Teba
Mucoadhesive polymeric films incorporated with ketorolac tromethamine loaded nanodispersion aiming the sustained delivery of the drug to the cornea have been developed and characterized for the treatment of postoperative ocular inflammation. Nanodispersions were prepared by ionic gelation method with various concentrations of chitosan and sodium tripolyphosphate. The developed nanodispersions were analyzed for morphology, particle size, dispersion homogeneity, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency and drug release...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419818/local-group-2-innate-lymphoid-cells-promote-corneal-regeneration-after-epithelial-abrasion
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Jun Liu, Chengju Xiao, Hanqing Wang, Yunxia Xue, Dong Dong, Cuipei Lin, Fang Song, Ting Fu, Zhaorui Wang, Jiansu Chen, Hongwei Pan, Yangqiu Li, Dongqing Cai, Zhijie Li
Corneal injuries and infections are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Thus, understanding the mechanisms that control healing of the damaged cornea is critical for the development of new therapies to promptly restore vision. Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) are a recently identified heterogeneous cell population that has been reported to orchestrate immunity and promote tissue repair in the lungs and skin after injury. However, whether ILCs can modulate the repair process in the cornea remains poorly understood...
April 15, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417054/three-dimensional-and-topographic-relationships-between-the-orbital-margins-with-reference-to-assessment-of-eyeball-protrusion
#13
Kang-Jae Shin, Shin-Hyo Lee, Ki-Seok Koh, Wu-Chul Song
This study investigated the topographic relationships among the eyeball and four orbital margins with the aim of identifying the correlation between orbital geometry and eyeball protrusion in Koreans. Three-dimensional (3D) volume rendering of the face was performed using serial computed-tomography images of 141 Koreans, and several landmarks on the bony orbit and the cornea were directly marked on the 3D volumes. The anterior-posterior distances from the apex of the cornea to each orbital margin and between the orbital margins were measured in both eyes...
March 2017: Anatomy & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416495/ultrastructural-study-of-peripheral-and-central-stroma-of-keratoconus-cornea
#14
Aljoharah Alkanaan, Robert Barsotti, Omar Kirat, Turki Almubrad, Adnan Khan, Saeed Akhtar
PURPOSE: Assess the lamellar organisation of the peripheral and central stroma of the keratoconus (KC) and normal cornea. METHODS: Five normal and three KC corneas were fixed in 2.5% glutaraldehyde and processed for electron microscopy. The ultrathin sections were observed under JEOL 1400 TEM, and digital images were taken with a bottom-mounted 11-megapixel Quamisa camera, using the iTEM software. Measurements of the lamellae were carried out using the iTEM software...
April 17, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414134/targeted-intracorneal-delivery-biodistribution-of-triamcinolone-acetonide-following-topical-iontophoresis-of-cationic-amino-acid-ester-prodrugs
#15
Verena Santer, Sergio Del Río Sancho, Maria Lapteva, Yogeshvar N Kalia
The aim was to investigate intracorneal iontophoresis of biolabile triamcinolone acetonide (TA) amino acid ester prodrugs (TA-AA). Arginine and lysine esters of TA (TA-Arg and TA-Lys, respectively) were synthesized and characterized; quantification was performed by HPLC-UV and UHPLC-MS/MS. The aqueous solubility of the prodrugs (at pH 5.5) was ∼1000-fold greater than TA. Anodal iontophoresis (10min at 3mA/cm(2)) of TA-AA was investigated using isolated porcine cornea. Although no statistically significant difference was observed in total intracorneal delivery of TA (468...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412940/absence-of-the-dermatan-sulfate-chain-of-decorin-does-not-affect-mouse-development
#16
Pierre Moffatt, Yeqing Geng, Lisa Lamplugh, Antonio Nanci, Peter J Roughley
BACKGROUND: In vitro studies suggest that the multiple functions of decorin are related to both its core protein and its dermatan sulfate chain. To determine the contribution of the dermatan sulfate chain to the functional properties of decorin in vivo, a mutant mouse whose decorin lacked a dermatan sulfate chain was generated. RESULTS: Homozygous mice expressing only the decorin core protein developed and grew in a similar manner to wild type mice. In both embryonic and postnatal mice, all connective tissues studied, including cartilage, skin and cornea, appeared to be normal upon histological examination, and their collagen fibrils were of normal diameter and organization...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412797/-correlation-between-axial-length-and-corneal-curvature-and-spherical-aberration
#17
X J Wang, Y Z Bao
Objective: To discuss the correlation between axial length and corneal curvature and corneal spherical aberration in a group of cataract patients with axial length greater than 24 mm. Methods: Retrospective case series. This study comprised 117 (234 eyes) age-related cataract patients. There were 51 men (43.59%) and 66 women (56.41%) with mean age of (69.0±8.7) years (range from 52.0 to 85.0 years). The average axial length was 27.6±1.8 (range from 24.2 to 31.9 mm). We devided them into four groups according to the axial length...
April 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412300/mechanisms-of-retinal-damage-after-ocular-alkali-burns
#18
Eleftherios I Paschalis, Chengxin Zhou, Fengyang Lei, Nathan Scott, Vassiliki Kapoulea, Marie-Claude Robert, Demetrios Vavvas, Reza Dana, James Chodosh, Claes H Dohlman
Alkali burns to the eye constitute a leading cause of worldwide blindness. In recent case series, corneal transplantation revealed unexpected damage to the retina and optic nerve in chemically burned eyes. We investigated the physical, biochemical, and immunological components of retinal injury after alkali burn and explored a novel neuroprotective regimen suitable for prompt administration in emergency departments. Thus, in vivo pH, oxygen, and oxidation reduction measurements were performed in the anterior and posterior segment of mouse and rabbit eyes using implantable microsensors...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411355/rabies-acquired-through-kidney-transplantation-in-a-child-a-case-report
#19
Bassam Saeed, Mustafa Al-Mousawi
Rabies is usually transmitted to humans through bites of infected animals; however, it can rarely be transmitted through deceased donor organs or tissues when not suspected. Here, we report a case of rabies transmission in a child. The child was a 5-year-old girl who was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with encephalitis of unexplained cause 3.5 months after she received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. The laboratory and imaging studies did not reveal any explanation for her rapidly declining clinical and neurologic condition, which ended with death 4 days after admission...
April 14, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410963/regional-differences-in-glutathione-accumulation-pathways-in-the-rat-cornea-mapping-of-amino-acid-transporters-involved-in-glutathione-synthesis
#20
Vithushiya Yoganandarajah, Bo Li, Ankita Umapathy, Paul J Donaldson, Julie C Lim
In this study we have sought to complete the identification and localization of uptake pathways involved in accumulating precursor amino acids involved in GSH synthesis in the rat cornea. To do this, we performed reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) to identify glutamate transporters (EAAT 1-5) and glycine transporters (GLYT 1-2) at the transcript level. Western blotting was used to verify protein expression, while immunolabeling of sagittal sections was used to localise transporters to the different layers of the cornea...
April 11, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
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