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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228681/discovery-of-a-new-species-of-hermit-crab-of-the-genus-pylopaguropsis-alcock-1905-from-the-caribbean-den-commensal-or-cleaner-crustacea-anomura-paguridae
#1
Rafael Lemaitre
A new secretive, yet brightly colored hermit crab species of the family Paguridae, Pylopaguropsis mollymulleraesp. n., is fully described based on specimens from the reefs of Bonaire, Lesser Antilles, southern Caribbean Sea. Populations of this new species were discovered and photographed in the Bonaire National Marine Park under a large coral ledge, at a depth of 13.7 m, living in crevices known by scuba divers to serve as den to a pair of "flaming reef lobsters" Enoplometopus antillensis, or a "broad banded moray" Channomuraena vittata...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228349/identification-of-prdm-genes-in-human-corneal-endothelium
#2
Kostadin Rolev, G O'Donovan Dominic, Christiana Georgiou, Rajan Madhavan, Alexandra Chittka
Corneal endothelial cells (CECs) are essential for maintaining corneal stromal hydration and ensuring its transparency, which is necessary for normal vision. Dysfunction of CECs leads to stromal decompensation, loss of transparency and corneal blindness. Corneal endothelium has low proliferative potential compared to surface epithelial cells leading to poor regeneration of CEC following injury or age related decline in cellular density. The mechanisms which control proliferation and differentiation of neural crest derived CEC progenitors are yet to be clearly elucidated...
February 19, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228068/stress-in-gastrointestinal-tract-and-stable-gastric-pentadecapeptide-bpc-157-finally-do-we-have-a-solution
#3
Predrag Sikiric, Sven Seiwerth, Rudolf Rucman, Domagoj Drmic, Mirjana Stupnisek, Antonio Kokot, Marko Sever, Ivan Zoricic, Zoran Zoricic, Lovorka Batelja, Tihomil Ziger, Josipa Vlainic, Zarko Rasic, Martina Lovric Bencic
Selye's syndrome produced by diverse nocuous agents and "response to damage as such" means Selye's stress triad in stress coping response to reestablish homeostasis. Logically, from the gastrointestinal tract viewpoint, such organoprotective/healing response implies the angiogenic growth factors that commonly signify the healing. Thereby, the gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157-organoprotection (huge range of beneficial effects) signifies the Selye's stress concept/stress coping response implemented in and from gastrointestinal tract, and BPC 157 as an integrative mediator that integrates the adaptive bodily response to stress...
February 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227567/a-method-to-assess-the-location-and-positional-stability-of-supra-choroidal-retinal-neuroprostheses
#4
Barry S Gow, Gregg J Suaning, Barry S Gow, Gregg J Suaning, Barry S Gow, Gregg J Suaning
Electrical stimulation of the retina is now firmly established as a means of restoration of rudimentary vision for blindness particularly that caused by retinitis pigmentosa. Of the various approaches, the novel positioning of an ultra-thin stimulating electrode array (SEA) posterior to the choroid has shown promising results. Following their implantation, reliable imaging methods are essential to establish the SEA's location relative to the optic disk and retinal vasculature. Because the opacity of the choroid precludes the use of conventional light-based fundus imaging, we developed an instrument (Wangiscope) that relies on infra-red illumination from LEDs...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226740/automated-morphometric-description-of-human-corneal-endothelium-from-in-vivo-specular-and-confocal-microscopy
#5
F Scarpa, A Ruggeri, F Scarpa, A Ruggeri, A Ruggeri, F Scarpa
Corneal images acquired by in-vivo specular and confocal microscopy provide clinical information on the cornea endothelium health state. Indeed, the normal hexagonal shape of endothelial cells is usually affected by age and pathologies. At present, the analysis is based on manual or semi-automatic methods and the segmentation of a large number of endothelial cells is required for a meaningful estimation of the clinical parameters. We propose an automated method that detects the centers of endothelial cells by convolving the original image with customized two-dimensional kernels, derives a structure made by connected vertices from the recognized centers using the Euclidean distance, and fine-tunes the derived structure through a genetic algorithm, which combines information about the typical regularity of endothelial cells shape with the pixels intensity of the actual image...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226245/subconjunctival-injectable-dendrimer-dexamethasone-gel-for-the-treatment-of-corneal-inflammation
#6
Uri Soiberman, Siva P Kambhampati, Tony Wu, Manoj K Mishra, Yumin Oh, Rishi Sharma, Jiangxia Wang, Abdul Elah Al Towerki, Samuel Yiu, Walter J Stark, Rangaramanujam M Kannan
Corneal inflammation is often encountered as a key pathological event in many corneal diseases. Current treatments involve topical corticosteroids which require frequent instillations due to rapid tear turnover, causing side-effects such as corneal toxicity and elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Hence, new interventions that can reduce side effects, dosing frequency, and increase patient compliance can be highly beneficial. In this study, we explore a subconjunctival injectable gel based on G4-PAMAM dendrimer and hyaluronic acid, cross-linked using thiol-ene click chemistry, incorporated with dendrimer dexamethasone (D-Dex) conjugates as a potential strategy for sustained delivery and enhanced bioavailability of corticosteroids...
February 16, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225726/computer-assisted-retinal-vessel-tortuosity-evaluation-in-novel-mutation-fabry-disease-towards-new-prognostic-markers
#7
Irene San Román, María-Elena Rodríguez, Orsola Caporossi, Claudia Zoppetti, Andrea Sodi, Alessandro Mecocci, David López, Beatriz Rodríguez, Juan-Ramón Gimeno
PURPOSE: Fabry disease is a rare lysosomal storage disorder with systemic involvement. The authors report on a large Fabry family with GLA p.M187R mutation and exhaustive ophthalmologic assessment. METHODS: Comprehensive systemic evaluation and genetic diagnosis were performed. Ophthalmologic evaluation included intraocular pressure/visual acuity measurement, refractometry, slit lamp examination, retinography, and optical coherence tomography. Three parameters quantified retinal vessel tortuosity: sum of angle metrics, product of angle distance, and triangular index...
March 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224301/surgical-outcomes-of-perforated-and-unperforated-corneal-descemetocele
#8
Evin Singar Ozdemir, Ayse Burcu, Zuleyha Yalnız Akkaya, Firdevs Ornek
OBJECTIVE: To compare the surgical outcomes of amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT) and penetrating keratoplasty (PK) in perforated and non-perforated corneal descemetocele. METHOD: In this study, we retrospectively examined 48 eyes of 48 patients operated with AMT, and 32 eyes of 32 patients operated with PK for perforated and non-perforated descemetocele. RESULTS: There were no significant differences between the two groups with regard to age, sex, laterality, follow-up duration, cause of descemetocele, and localization (p > 0...
February 21, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224239/the-importance-of-electrode-position-in-visual-electrophysiology
#9
A Kurtenbach, S Kramer, T Strasser, E Zrenner, H Langrová
PURPOSE: The DTL fibre electrode is commonly used to record the electric potentials elicited by stimulation of the retina. Two positions are commonly used: it is placed either on the cornea along the lower lid or in the conjunctival fornix. The PERG and OPs have previously been examined and compared under both conditions. The aim of this study was to examine the ERG, flicker response and on-off responses with differing electrode positions. METHODS: Before recruitment, all subjects underwent an ophthalmological examination...
February 21, 2017: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223334/corneal-surface-glycosylation-is-modulated-by-il-1r-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-challenge-but-is-insufficient-for-inhibiting-bacterial-binding
#10
Amber L Jolly, Paresh Agarwal, Matteo M E Metruccio, David R Spiciarich, David J Evans, Carolyn R Bertozzi, Suzanne M J Fleiszig
Cell surface glycosylation is thought to be involved in barrier function against microbes at mucosal surfaces. Previously we showed that the epithelium of healthy mouse corneas becomes vulnerable to P. aeruginosa adhesion if it lacks the innate defense protein MyD88 (myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88), or after superficial injury by blotting with tissue paper. Here we explored their effect on corneal surface glycosylation using a metabolic label, tetra-acetylated N-azidoacetylgalactosamine (Ac4GalNAz)...
February 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222145/cataract-surgery-causes-biomechanical-alterations-to-the-eye-detectable-by-corvis-st-tonometry
#11
Yoshitake Kato, Shunsuke Nakakura, Ryo Asaoka, Kanae Matsuya, Yuki Fujio, Yoshiaki Kiuchi
PURPOSE: Modern cataract surgery is generally considered to bring about modest and sustained intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction. However, the pathophysiological mechanism for this remains unclear. Moreover, a change in ocular biomechanical properties after surgery can affect the measurement of IOP. The aim of the study is to investigate ocular biomechanics, before and following cataract surgery, using Corvis ST tonometry (CST). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty-nine eyes of 59 patients with cataract were analyzed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215504/a-case-of-in-vivo-iontophoresis-assisted-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-for-keratoconus-an-immunohistochemical-study
#12
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/28213947/select-noxious-stimuli-induce-changes-on-corneal-nerve-morphology
#13
Deborah M Hegarty, Sam M Hermes, Katherine Yang, Sue A Aicher
The surface of the cornea contains the highest density of nociceptive nerves of any tissue in the body. These nerves are responsive to a variety of modalities of noxious stimuli and can signal pain even when activated by low threshold stimulation. Injury of corneal nerves can lead to altered nerve morphology, including neuropathic changes which can be associated with chronic pain. Emerging technologies that allow imaging of corneal nerves in vivo are spawning questions regarding the relationship between corneal nerve density, morphology and function...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210178/a-steep-peripheral-ring-in-irregular-cornea-topography-real-or-an-instrument-error
#14
Alicia Galindo-Ferreiro, Alberto Galvez-Ruiz, Silvana A Schellini, Julio Galindo-Alonso
PURPOSE: To demonstrate that the steep peripheral ring (red zone) on corneal topography after myopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) could possibly due to instrument error and not always to a real increase in corneal curvature. METHODS: A spherical model for the corneal surface and modifying topography software was used to analyze the cause of an error due to instrument design. This study involved modification of the software of a commercially available topographer...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209504/myopic-surface-ablation-in-asymmetrical-topographies-refractive-results-and-theoretical-corneal-elastic-response
#15
Luis F Brenner, Antonio Renna, Anna Pandolfi, Francisco C Martínez, Jorge L Alió
PURPOSE: To evaluate refractive results and the theoretical elastic response of photorefractive keratectomy in eyes with asymmetrical corneal surface and to compare such outcomes with a control-matched group of normal topographies. DESIGN: Retrospective interventional case series with matched comparison group. METHODS: 30 eyes with superior-inferior dioptric difference (SI index) > 1.40 D, were compared to 30 eyes with normal topographies...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207886/connective-tissue-growth-factor-is-not-necessary-for-haze-formation-in-excimer-laser-wounded-mouse-corneas
#16
Xiaodi Feng, Liya Pi, Sriniwas Sriram, Gregory S Schultz, Daniel J Gibson
We sought to determine if connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is necessary for the formation of corneal haze after corneal injury. Mice with post-natal, tamoxifen-induced, knockout of CTGF were subjected to excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) and the corneas were allowed to heal. The extent of scaring was observed in non-induced mice, heterozygotes, and full homozygous knockout mice and quantified by macrophotography. The eyes from these mice were collected after euthanization for re-genotyping to control for possible Cre-mosaicism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207520/characterization-of-ocular-biometrics-and-aqueous-humor-dynamics-in-primary-angle-closure-suspects
#17
Li Guo, Yuan Deng, Li Fang, Chaoqi Liu, Tao Guo
Detailed characterizations of ocular biometrics and parameters of aqueous humor dynamics are lacking in primary angle closure suspect (PACS) patients. This study aims to characterize these parameters and compare them with age-matched healthy volunteers.Elderly healthy volunteers (60.6 ± 7.2 years of age, mean ± SD, n = 28) and PACS patients (64.1 ± 11.6 years, n = 30) completed the study. Parameters investigated were axial length (AXL), anterior chamber depth (ACD), anterior chamber volume (ACV), central cornea thickness (CCT), intraocular pressure (IOP), aqueous flow (Fa), outflow facility (C), episcleral venous pressure (EVP), and uveoscleral outflow (Fu)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205389/growth-inhibition-of-formed-corneal-neovascularization-following-fosaprepitant-treatment
#18
Fabio Bignami, Anna Lorusso, Paolo Rama, Giulio Ferrari
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to test the efficacy of Neurokinin-1 Receptor (NK-1R) antagonist -Fosaprepitant- in inducing regression of established corneal neovascularization (CNV). METHODS: Twenty C57BL/6 mice underwent alkali burn. Seven days later, when corneal neovessels had developed, they received Fosaprepitant 10 mg/ml, administered topically six times a day in the right eye for 10 days. In parallel, a group of 20 causticated mice was treated with normal saline, as control...
February 15, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203523/glutathione-peroxidase-4-plays-an-important-role-in-oxidative-homeostasis-and-wound-repair-in-corneal-epithelial-cells
#19
Osamu Sakai, Takatoshi Uchida, Hirotaka Imai, Takashi Ueta
Oxidative stress is involved in the pathologies of corneal epithelial cells. However, the importance of specific antioxidant enzymes in corneal epithelial cells is not fully understood. The purpose of this study is to elucidate the role of glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPx4) in corneal epithelial cells. For in vitro experiments, an immortalized human corneal epithelial cell line was used. Cytotoxicity measured through LDH activity, lipid peroxidation immunostained for 4-hydroxynonenal, cell viability, and cell death were compared between cells transfected with either GPx4 siRNA or scrambled control siRNA...
December 2016: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202689/corneal-epithelial-stem-cells-and-their-niche-at-a-glance
#20
REVIEW
Craig S Nowell, Freddy Radtke
The corneal epithelium acts as a protective barrier on the anterior ocular surface and is essential for maintaining transparency of the cornea and thus visual acuity. During both homeostasis and repair, the corneal epithelium is maintained by self-renewing stem cells, which persist throughout the lifetime of the organism. Importantly, as in other self-renewing tissues, the functional activity of corneal epithelial stem cells (CSCEs) is tightly regulated by the surrounding microenvironment, or niche, which provides a range of cues that maintain the stem cell population...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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