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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445703/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-laser-scanning-in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-for-filamentous-fungal-keratitis-role-of-observer-experience
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Ahmad Kheirkhah, Zeba A Syed, Vannarut Satitpitakul, Sunali Goyal, Rodrigo Müller, Elmer Y Tu, Reza Dana
PURPOSE: To determine sensitivity and specificity of laser-scanning in vivo confocal microscopy (LS-IVCM) for detection of filamentous fungi in patients with microbial keratitis and to evaluate the effect of observer's imaging experience on these parameters. DESIGN: Retrospective, reliability study METHODS: This study included 21 patients with filamentous fungal keratitis and 24 patients with bacterial keratitis (as controls). The etiology of infection was confirmed based on the response to specific therapy regardless of culture results...
April 23, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445193/a-pilot-randomized-trial-on-safety-and-efficacy-of-a-novel-topical-combined-inhibitor-of-janus-kinase-1-3-and-spleen-tyrosine-kinase-for-gvhd-associated-ocular-surface-disease
#2
Ahmad Kheirkhah, Antonio Di Zazzo, Vannarut Satitpitakul, Merle Fernandez, Daniel Magilavy, Reza Dana
PURPOSE: Janus kinase (JAK) and spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) play critical functions in T-cell activation and in inflammation. Because of their antiinflammatory effects, JAK and SYK inhibitors have recently been evaluated in several immunopathogenic disorders. This pilot study was designed to assess the safety and efficacy of a topical combined JAK/SYK inhibitor, R348, ophthalmic solution for treatment of ocular surface disease in graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). METHODS: This phase 2, double-masked, randomized, pilot trial included 30 patients with ocular surface disease due to GVHD who were randomized to receive topical 0...
April 25, 2017: Cornea
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
#3
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/28412300/mechanisms-of-retinal-damage-after-ocular-alkali-burns
#4
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/28375340/high-performance-analysis-of-layered-nanolithography-masks-by-a-surface-impedance-generating-operator
#5
Alireza Gholipour, Reza Faraji-Dana, Guy A E Vandenbosch
A fast computational algorithm is presented for the analysis of multilayered nanolithography masks. The technique used is an exact field-theoretical approach which can model the diffraction effects in subwavelength propagation regimes. The field scattered by the mask pattern is obtained in two steps. First, a surface impedance generating operator (SIGO) that relates the tangential electric field on the boundary of each etched area to its equivalent surface electric current is computed. Second, the exterior problem is formulated based on the equivalence theorem in electromagnetics and is combined with the SIGO model...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325361/warthin-like-papillary-renal-cell-carcinoma-clinicopathologic-morphologic-immunohistochemical-and-molecular-genetic-analysis-of-11-cases
#6
Faruk Skenderi, Monika Ulamec, Tomas Vanecek, Petr Martinek, Reza Alaghehbandan, Maria Pane Foix, Iva Babankova, Delia Perez Montiel, Isabel Alvarado-Cabrero, Marian Svajdler, Pavol Dubinský, Dana Cempirkova, Michal Pavlovsky, Semir Vranic, Ondrej Daum, Ondrej Ondic, Kristyna Pivovarcikova, Kvetoslava Michalova, Milan Hora, Pavla Rotterova, Adela Stehlikova, Martin Dusek, Michal Michal, Ondrej Hes
Oncocytic papillary renal cell carcinoma (PRCC) is a distinct subtype of PRCC, listed as a possible new variant of PRCC in the 2016 WHO classification. It is composed of papillae aligned by large single-layered eosinophilic cells showing linearly arranged oncocytoma-like nuclei. We analyzed clinicopathologic, morphologic, immunohistochemical and molecular-genetic characteristics of 11 oncocytic PRCCs with prominent tumor lymphocytic infiltrate, morphologically resembling Warthin's tumor. The patients were predominantly males (8/11, 73%), with an average age of 59years (range 14-76), and a mean tumor size of 7cm (range 1-22cm)...
April 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299010/systemic-immunomodulatory-strategies-in-high-risk-corneal-transplantation
#7
REVIEW
Tulio B Abud, Antonio Di Zazzo, Ahmad Kheirkhah, Reza Dana
The cornea is the most commonly transplanted tissue in the body. Although corneal grafts generally have high success rates, transplantation onto inflamed and vascularized host beds, or so-called high-risk corneal transplantation, has a high rate of graft rejection. The management of this high-risk corneal transplantation is challenging and involves numerous measures. One of the key measures to prevent graft rejection in these cases is the use of systemic immunosuppressive agents. In this article, we will review the systemic immunosuppressive agents most commonly used for high-risk corneal transplantation, which include corticosteroids, cysclosporine A, tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, and rapamycin...
January 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241321/t-cell-derived-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-contributes-to-dry-eye-disease-pathogenesis-by-promoting-cd11b-myeloid-cell-maturation-and-migration
#8
Thomas H Dohlman, Julia Ding, Reza Dana, Sunil K Chauhan
Purpose: Growing evidence suggests that granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) contributes to T helper 17 (Th17) cell-associated immunoinflammatory diseases. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of T cell-derived GM-CSF on CD11b+ myeloid cell function in dry eye disease (DED). Methods: In a murine model of DED, quantitative real-time PCR and ELISA were used to measure GM-CSF expression at the ocular surface, and flow cytometry was used to enumerate GM-CSF producing Th17 cells...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073648/elevated-neutrophil-elastase-in-tears-of-ocular-graft-versus-host-disease-patients
#9
Samer N Arafat, Marie-Claude Robert, Tulio Abud, Sandra Spurr-Michaud, Francisco Amparo, Claes H Dohlman, Reza Dana, Ilene K Gipson
PURPOSE: To investigate the levels of neutrophil elastase (NE), matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), and myeloperoxidase (MPO) in tear washes of patients with ocular graft-vs-host disease (oGVHD). DESIGN: Case-control study. METHODS: Based on established criteria, oGVHD patients (n = 14; 28 eyes) and age-/sex-matched healthy controls (n = 14; 28 eyes) were enrolled. Tear washes were collected and analyzed for NE using a single-analyte enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
April 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
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
#10
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/28060028/kinetics-of-angiogenic-responses-in-corneal-transplantation
#11
Takenori Inomata, Alireza Mashaghi, Antonio Di Zazzo, Sang-Mok Lee, Homer Chiang, Reza Dana
PURPOSE: To delineate and compare the kinetics of corneal angiogenesis after high-risk (HR) versus low-risk (LR) corneal transplantation. METHODS: In mice, intrastromal sutures were placed in the recipient graft bed 2 weeks before allogeneic transplantation to induce angiogenesis and amplify the risk of graft rejection. Control (LR) graft recipients did not undergo suture placement, and thus the host bed remained avascular at the time of transplantation. Graft hemangiogenesis and opacity scores were evaluated for 8 weeks by slit-lamp biomicroscopy...
April 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012874/management-of-high-risk-corneal-transplantation
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REVIEW
Antonio Di Zazzo, Ahmad Kheirkhah, Tulio B Abud, Sunali Goyal, Reza Dana
The cornea is the most commonly transplanted tissue in medicine. The main cause of corneal graft failure is allograft rejection. The incidence of graft rejection depends on the presence of high-risk characteristics, most notably corneal neovascularization. Although corneal grafting has a high success rates in the absence of these risk factors, high-risk keratoplasty is associated with low success rates because of a high incidence of immune-mediated graft rejection. To improve the survival of high-risk corneal transplantation, various preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative measures can be considered...
December 21, 2016: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008995/impaired-function-of-peripherally-induced-regulatory-t-cells-in-hosts-at-high-risk-of-graft-rejection
#13
Takenori Inomata, Jing Hua, Antonio Di Zazzo, Reza Dana
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are crucial for allograft survival. Tregs can be divided into thymus-derived natural Tregs (tTregs) and peripherally-derived induced Tregs (pTregs). Here, we determine whether the suppressive function of Treg subsets is hampered in hosts who are at high risk for rejecting their graft. To induce graft beds that promote high risk of transplant rejection, intrastromal corneal sutures were placed two weeks prior to the transplant procedure in mice. We demonstrate that in high-risk recipients the frequencies and function of pTregs (but not tTregs) are suppressed...
December 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899224/interleukin-7-and-15-maintain-pathogenic-memory-th17-cells-in-autoimmunity
#14
Yihe Chen, Sunil K Chauhan, Xuhua Tan, Reza Dana
Th17 cells are principal mediators of many autoimmune conditions. Recently, memory Th17 cells have been revealed as crucial in mediating the chronicity of various refractory autoimmune disorders; however, the underlying mechanisms maintaining memory Th17 cells have remained elusive. Here, using a preclinical model of ocular autoimmune disease we show that both IL-7 and IL-15 are critical for maintaining pathogenic memory Th17 cells. Neutralization of these cytokines leads to substantial reduction of memory Th17 cells; both IL-7 and IL-15 provide survival signals via activating STAT5, and IL-15 provides additional proliferation signals via activating both STAT5 and Akt...
February 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811567/patients-with-dry-eye-disease-and-low-subbasal-nerve-density-are-at-high-risk-for-accelerated-corneal-endothelial-cell-loss
#15
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...
November 2, 2016: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770942/an-electrical-bio-chip-to-transfer-and-detect-electromagnetic-stimulation-on-the-cells-based-on-vertically-aligned-carbon-nanotubes
#16
Saeed Rafizadeh-Tafti, Mohammad Hossein Haqiqatkhah, Mehrdad Saviz, Mohsen Janmaleki, Reza Faraji Dana, Somayeh Zanganeh, Mohammad Abdolahad
A highly sensitive impedimetric bio-chip based on vertically aligned multiwall carbon nanotubes (VAMWCNTs), was applied in direct interaction with lung cancer cells. Our tool provided both inducing and monitoring the bioelectrical changes in the cells initiated by electromagnetic (EM) wave stimulation. EM wave of 940MHz frequency with different intensities was used. Here, wave ablation might accumulate electrical charge on the tips of nanotubes penetrated into cell's membrane. The charge might induce ionic exchanges into the cell and cause alterations in electrical states of the membrane...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660330/optimising-keratoplasty-for-peters-anomaly-in-infants-using-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography
#17
Jiaxu Hong, Yujing Yang, Claus Cursiefen, Alireza Mashaghi, Dan Wu, Zuguo Liu, Xinghuai Sun, Reza Dana, Jianjiang Xu
PURPOSE: To present in vivo anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) features of infants with Peters' anomaly obtained during presurgical examination under general anaesthesia, and to evaluate the impact of OCT features on surgical decision making. METHODS: This is a single-centre, consecutive, observational case series including 44 eyes of 27 infants with Peters' anomaly (5-18 months) undergoing keratoplasty. Medical records of patients were reviewed retrospectively...
September 22, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27631349/novel-insights-into-the-immunoregulatory-function-and-localization-of-dendritic-cells
#18
REVIEW
Takaaki Hattori, Hiroki Takahashi, Reza Dana
Dendritic cells (DCs) are antigen-presenting cells that normally play a critical role in stimulating T-cell-dependent immune responses. However, tolerogenic DCs (CD11cMHC-IICD80CD86) induce immune tolerance by stimulating regulatory T cells (Tregs: CD4CD25Foxp3). Although tolerogenic DCs are used to treat autoimmune diseases and to prevent transplantation rejection, the mechanisms by which they regulate alloimmunity are poorly understood. Here, we review our previous studies aiming to elucidate the mechanisms involved in immune rejection of corneal allografts using a corneal transplant model...
November 2016: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27607414/in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-in-dry-eye-disease-associated-with-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease
#19
Ahmad Kheirkhah, Yureeda Qazi, Michael A Arnoldner, Kunal Suri, Reza Dana
PURPOSE: To compare densities of corneal epithelial dendritic cells (DCs), corneal subbasal nerves, and conjunctival epithelial immune cells (EICs) between patients with dry eye disease (DED) with and without graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) using in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). METHODS: This study included 54 patients who had moderate to severe DED either associated with (n = 33) or without (n = 21) chronic GVHD. In addition to evaluating clinical parameters of DED, images obtained by laser-scanning IVCM of the central cornea and superior tarsal conjunctiva were analyzed to measure densities of corneal epithelial DCs, corneal subbasal nerves, and conjunctival EICs...
September 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27490416/proangiogenic-function-of-t-cells-in-corneal-transplantation
#20
Antonio Di Zazzo, Maryam Tahvildari, Brinda Subbarayal, Jia Yin, Thomas H Dohlman, Takenori Inomata, Alireza Mashaghi, Sunil K Chauhan, Reza Dana
BACKGROUND: Corneal neovascularization increases the risk of T cell-mediated allograft rejection. Here, we investigate whether T cells promote angiogenesis in transplantation. METHODS: Conventional effector T cells were collected from draining lymph nodes of allogeneic or syngeneic corneal transplanted BALB/c mice. T cells were either cocultured with vascular endothelial cells (VECs) to assess VEC proliferation or used in a mixed lymphocyte reaction assay. Messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A, -C, and VEGF receptor 2 (VEGF-R2) in VECs was assessed by real-time PCR...
April 2017: Transplantation
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