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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239730/directed-differentiation-of-periocular-mesenchyme-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells
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Matthew Lovatt, Gary Hin-Fai Yam, Gary S Peh, Alan Colman, N Ray Dunn, Jodhbir S Mehta
Corneal tissue is the most transplanted of all body tissues. Currently, cadaveric donor tissues are used for transplantation. However, a global shortage of transplant grade material has prompted development of alternative, cell-based therapies for corneal diseases. Pluripotent stem cells are attractive sources of cells for regenerative medicine, because large numbers of therapeutically useful cells can be generated. However, a detailed understanding of how to differentiate clinically relevant cell types from stem cells is fundamentally required...
November 16, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238714/corneal-nerve-fiber-structure-its-role-in-corneal-function-and-its-changes-in-corneal-diseases
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REVIEW
Hiroshi Eguchi, Akio Hiura, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Shunji Kusaka, Yoshikazu Shimomura
Recently, in vivo confocal microscopy is used to examine the human corneal nerve fibers morphology. Corneal nerve fiber architecture and its role are studied in healthy and pathological conditions. Corneal nerves of rats were studied by nonspecific acetylcholinesterase (NsAchE) staining. NsAchE-positive subepithelial (stromal) nerve fiber has been found to be insensitive to capsaicin. Besides, NsAchE-negative but capsaicin-sensitive subbasal nerve (leash) fibers formed thick mesh-like structure showing close interconnections and exhibit both isolectin B4- and transient receptor potential vanilloid channel 1- (TRPV1-) positive...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236588/topical-glycyrrhizin-is-therapeutic-for-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-keratitis
#3
Sandamali A Ekanayaka, Sharon A McClellan, Ronald P Barrett, Linda D Hazlett
PURPOSE: Glycyrrhizin (GLY), an inhibitor of high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protects prophylactically against Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis. However, the therapeutic potential of GLY to enhance an antibiotic has not been tested and is our purpose. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice (B6) were infected with a clinical isolate (KEI 1025) of P. aeruginosa and treated topically at 6 h postinfection (p.i.) with GLY or phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Clinical scores, photography with a slit lamp, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, myeloperoxidase assay, bacterial plate counts, histopathology, reactive oxygen/nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) assays, and in vitro macrophage (Mφ) stimulation assays were used to assess effects of GLY treatment...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235544/relationship-of-corneal-hysteresis-and-optic-nerve-parameters-in-healthy-myopic-subjects
#4
Kunliang Qiu, Xuehui Lu, Riping Zhang, Geng Wang, Mingzhi Zhang
The association between corneal biomechanical properties and glaucoma is an area of much interest. We determined the relationship between corneal hysteresis (CH) and optic nerve parameters in healthy myopic subjects in the current study. CH was measured with Reichert Ocular Response Analyzer in 108 eyes from 108 healthy myopic subjects. All subjects received retinal nerve fiber layer and optic disc imaging Cirrus HD-OCT, GDx ECC, and Heidelberg Retina Tomograph II. None of the tested optic nerve parameters showed statistical significance with CH by using correlation analysis...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235530/tri-microspheres-prevent-key-signs-of-dry-eye-disease-in-a-murine-inflammatory-model
#5
Michelle L Ratay, Stephen C Balmert, Abhinav P Acharya, Ashlee C Greene, Thiagarajan Meyyappan, Steven R Little
Dry eye disease (DED) is a highly prevalent, ocular disorder characterized by an abnormal tear film and ocular surface. Recent experimental data has suggested that the underlying pathology of DED involves inflammation of the lacrimal functional unit (LFU), comprising the cornea, conjunctiva, lacrimal gland and interconnecting innervation. This inflammation of the LFU ultimately results in tissue deterioration and the symptoms of DED. Moreover, an increase of pathogenic lymphocyte infiltration and the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines are involved in the propagation of DED-associated inflammation...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230251/establishment-of-novel-limbus-derived-highly-proliferative-abcg2-abcb5-limbal-epithelial-stem-cell-cultures
#6
Eung Kweon Kim, Ga-Hyun Lee, Boram Lee, Yong-Sun Maeng
Homeostasis and regeneration of corneal epithelia are sustained by limbal epithelial stem cells (LESCs); thus, an LESC deficiency is a major cause of blindness worldwide. Despite the generally promising results of cultivated LESC transplantation, it has been limited by variations in long-term success rates, the use of xenogeneic and undefined culture components, and a scarcity of donor tissues. In this study, we identified the culture conditions required to expand LESCs in vitro and established human limbus-derived highly proliferative ABCG2+/ABCB5+ double-positive LESCs...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228112/xenotransplantation-the-current-status-and-prospects
#7
D K C Cooper, R Gaston, D Eckhoff, J Ladowski, T Yamamoto, L Wang, H Iwase, H Hara, M Tector, A J Tector
Introduction: There is a continuing worldwide shortage of organs from deceased human donors for transplantation into patients with end-stage organ failure. Genetically engineered pigs could resolve this problem, and could also provide tissues and cells for the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson's disease and corneal blindness. Sources of data: The current literature has been reviewed. Areas of agreement: The pathobiologic barriers are now largely defined...
December 8, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221207/chst6-mutation-screening-and-endoplasmatic-reticulum-stress-in-macular-corneal-dystrophy
#8
Liyuan Wang, Xianling Tang, Xiaolin Lv, Encheng Sun, Donglai Wu, Changlin Wang, Ping Liu
Macular corneal dystrophy (MCD) is an autosomal recessive disorder mainly caused by gene mutations of carbohydrate sulfotransferase (CHST6) leading to bilateral visual impairment. Because the mechanism underlying this degeneration remains poorly understood, we investigated molecular alterations and pathways that may be involved in MCD in this issue. Different mutation sites were screened by direct sequencing of the coding region of CHST6. In addition, we described morphological changes in MCD keratocytes by light microscopy and electron microscopy and determined the relationship between the development of this disease and the occurrence of apoptosis through flow cytometry, cell counting kit-8, colony formation assay and other experiments...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217149/mucous-membrane-pemphigoid-with-ocular-involvement-the-clinical-phenotype-and-its-relationship-to-direct-immunofluorescence-findings
#9
Hon Shing Ong, Jane F Setterfield, Darwin C Minassian, John K Dart
PURPOSE: This study explored the validity of the First International Consensus on Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid (MMP) guidance, which recommends that clinically indistinguishable patients, who have direct immunofluorescence (DIF)-negative biopsies, be excluded from a diagnosis of MMP. Misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis, of MMP with ocular involvement leads to the inappropriate use of topical therapy, the standard of care for causes of cicatrising conjunctivitis other than MMP, rather than systemic immunomodulatory therapy, resulting in irreversible clinical deterioration in patients with MMP...
December 4, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216362/an-hsv-2-single-cycle-candidate-vaccine-deleted-in-glycoprotein-d-%C3%AE-gd-2-protects-male-mice-from-lethal-skin-challenge-with-clinical-isolates-of-hsv-1-and-hsv-2
#10
Clare Burn, Natalie Ramsey, Scott J Garforth, Steven Almo, William R Jacobs, Betsy C Herold
HSV infections manifest as recurrent oral or genital mucosal lesions, meningoencephalitis, corneal blindness and perinatal disease. Subunit vaccines have advanced into the clinic without success. None were tested preclinically in male mice. We compared a single-cycle candidate vaccine deleted in HSV-2 glycoprotein D (ΔgD-2) and subunit gD-2 or gD-1 protein vaccines in a male murine skin model. ΔgD-2 provided complete protection against 10-times the lethal dose of HSV-1 or HSV-2 clinical isolates and no latent virus was detected, whereas gD-1 and gD-2 adjuvanted proteins provided little or no protection...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214524/effect-of-storage-conditions-on-stability-of-ophthalmological-compounded-cysteamine-eye-drops
#11
Ahmed Reda, Ann Van Schepdael, Erwin Adams, Prasanta Paul, David Devolder, Mohamed A Elmonem, Koenraad Veys, Ingele Casteels, Lambertus van den Heuvel, Elena Levtchenko
Cystinosis is a hereditary genetic disease that results in the accumulation of cystine crystals in the lysosomes, leading to many clinical manifestations. One of these manifestations is the formation of corneal cystine crystals, which can cause serious ocular complications. The only available drug to treat cystinosis is cysteamine, which breaks cystine and depletes its accumulation in the lysosomes. However, the oral form of cysteamine is not effective in treating corneal manifestations. Thus, ophthalmic solutions of cysteamine are applied...
December 7, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214310/tear-levels-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-3-correlate-with-subbasal-nerve-plexus-changes-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#12
Whitney L Stuard, Rossella Titone, Danielle M Robertson
Purpose: This study investigated the expression of insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) in basal tears of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus compared to nondiabetic controls; and correlated tear levels of IGFBP-3 with morphologic changes in the subbasal nerve plexus and density of basal corneal epithelial cells. Methods: This was a single visit, cross-sectional study. Diabetic and control subjects were matched for age, sex, smoking status, and body mass index...
December 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213190/smartphone-based-imaging-of-the-corneal-endothelium-at-sub-cellular-resolution
#13
Devrim Toslak, Damber Thapa, Muhammet Kazim Erol, Yanjun Chen, Xincheng Yao
This aim of this study was to test the feasibility of smartphone-based specular microscopy of the corneal endothelium at a sub-cellular resolution. Quantitative examination of endothelial cells is essential for evaluating corneal disease such as determining a diagnosis, monitoring progression and assessing treatment. Smartphone-based technology promises a new opportunity to develop affordable devices to foster quantitative examination of endothelial cells in rural and underserved areas. In our study, we incorporated an iPhone 6 and a slit lamp to demonstrate the feasibility of smartphone-based microscopy of the corneal endothelium at a sub-cellular resolution...
2017: Journal of Modern Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212034/gadd34-function-in-protein-trafficking-promotes-adaptation-to-hyperosmotic-stress-in-human-corneal-cells
#14
Dawid Krokowski, Bo-Jhih Guan, Jing Wu, Yuke Zheng, Padmanabhan P Pattabiraman, Raul Jobava, Xing-Huang Gao, Xiao-Jing Di, Martin D Snider, Ting-Wei Mu, Shijie Liu, Brian Storrie, Eric Pearlman, Anna Blumental-Perry, Maria Hatzoglou
GADD34, a stress-induced regulatory subunit of the phosphatase PP1, is known to function in hyperosmotic stress through its well-known role in the integrated stress response (ISR) pathway. Adaptation to hyperosmotic stress is important for the health of corneal epithelial cells exposed to changes in extracellular osmolarity, with maladaptation leading to dry eye syndrome. This adaptation includes induction of SNAT2, an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-Golgi-processed protein, which helps to reverse the stress-induced loss of cell volume and promote homeostasis through amino acid uptake...
December 5, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210839/cataract-surgery-in-ocular-surface-diseases-clinical-challenges-and-outcomes
#15
Virender S Sangwan, Swati Gupta, Shilpa Das
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cataracts are a significant cause of blindness and visual impairment worldwide. With the recent advances in cataract surgery techniques, outcomes have improved significantly in uncomplicated cases. This article discusses the challenges and outcomes of cataract surgery in complex cases targeting eyes with ocular surface diseases like Stevens-Johnson syndrome, ocular cicatricial pemphigoid, Mooren's ulcer, vernal keratoconjunctivitis and limbal stem cell deficiency. RECENT FINDINGS: Ocular surface diseases are commonly associated with corneal scarring and vascularization, conjunctival inflammation, symblepharon and forniceal shortening...
January 2018: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210654/glaucoma-and-alzheimer-disease-a-single-age-related-neurodegenerative-disease-of-the-brain
#16
Mancino Raffaele, Martucci Alessio, Cesareo Massimo, Giannini Clarissa, Corasaniti Maria Tiziana, Bagetta Giacinto, Nucci Carlo
Open Angle Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness worldwide. Elevated intraocular pressure is considered an important risk factor for glaucoma, however a subset of patients experience disease progression even in presence of normal intraocular pressure values. This implies that risk factors other than intraocular pressure are involved in the pathogenesis of glaucoma. A possible relationship between glaucoma and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer Disease has been suggested. In this regard, we have recently described a high prevalence of alterations typical of glaucoma, using Heidelberg Retinal Tomograph-3 (HRT-3), in a group of patients with Alzheimer Disease...
December 6, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209447/nrf2-a-potential-therapeutic-target-against-oxidative-stress-in-corneal-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Xiu-Fen Liu, Dan-Dan Zhou, Tian Xie, Tayyab Hamid Malik, Cheng-Bo Lu, Hai-Jun Li, Fan Wang, Chang Shu, Cong Liu, Cheng-Wei Lu, Ji-Long Hao
Corneal diseases are one of the major causes of blindness worldwide. Conservative medical agents, which may prevent sight-threatening corneal disease progression, are urgently desired. Numerous evidences have revealed the involvement of oxidative stress in various corneal diseases, such as corneal wound healing and Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). Nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2)/Kelch-like erythroid-cell-derived protein with CNC homology- (ECH-) associated protein 1 (Keap1)/antioxidant response element (ARE) signaling is well known as one of the main antioxidative defense systems...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208552/controlling-human-corneal-stromal-stem-cell-contraction-to-mediate-rapid-cell-and-matrix-organization-of-real-architecture-for-3-dimensional-tissue-equivalents
#18
Dev Mukhey, James Phillips, Julie T Daniels, Alvena K Kureshi
The architecture of the human corneal stroma consists of a highly organized extracellular matrix (ECM) interspersed with keratocytes. Their progenitor cells; corneal stromal stem cells (CSSC) are located at the periphery, in the limbal stroma. A highly organized corneal ECM is critical for effective transmission of light but this structure may be compromised during injury or disease, resulting in loss of vision. Re-creating normal organization in engineered tissue equivalents for transplantation often involves lengthy culture times that are inappropriate for clinical use or utilisation of synthetic substrates that bring complications such as corneal melting...
December 2, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205873/evaluation-of-dry-eye-using-anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-undergoing-hemodialysis
#19
Öznur Kal, Mahmut Oğuz Ulusoy, Ali Kal, Gülşah Tanriaşki, Şefik Cezairlioğlu
The aim of the present study was to evaluate dry eye parameters with conventional tests and tear meniscus with Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography (AS-OCT) in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Thirty-eight ESRD patients undergoing hemodialysis, and 40 healthy individuals were enrolled. An ocular surface disease index questionnaire (OSDI) was administered. Before conventional dry eye tests, tear meniscus were evaluated using AS-OCT. After a complete ocular examination, Schirmer and break-up time (BUT) tests were performed and probable corneal staining was investigated...
December 4, 2017: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204644/topical-application-of-mizoribine-suppresses-cd4-t-cell-mediated-pathogenesis-in-murine-dry-eye
#20
Xiaobo Zhang, Xiang Lin, Zhaolin Liu, Yang Wu, Yiran Yang, Weijie Ouyang, Wei Li, Zuguo Liu
Purpose: We investigate the effect of topical application of mizoribine (MZR) eye drops on CD4+ T-cell-mediated immunity and epithelial damage in ocular surface of dry eye disease (DED). Methods: Topical application of MZR or vehicle eye drops was performed in mice subjected to desiccating stress (DS). The phenol red cotton test was used to measure tear production, and Oregon-green-dextran (OGD) staining was performed to assess corneal epithelial barrier function...
December 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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