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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623164/thick-corneas-large-pupils-and-a-giant-problem
#1
Francesco Pellegrini, Giovanni Prosdocimo, Daniela Bonsanto, Rod Foroozan
An 87-year-old woman presented 1 month after uneventful cataract surgery with ipsilateral corneal edema. She was diagnosed with pseudophakic bullous keratopathy and scheduled for endothelial transplantation. However, a few days later, she presented with bilateral corneal edema, dilated pupils and further reduction of visual acuity. Neuro-Ophthalmic evaluation disclosed a bilateral ocular ischemic syndrome causing complete visual loss. Temporal artery biopsy was consistent with GCA. Corneal decompensation should be considered as a rare presentation of GCA, that ophthalmologists should suspect in any case of unilateral or bilateral ocular ischemic syndrome...
June 13, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621916/construction-of-anterior-hemi-corneal-equivalents-using-nontransfected-human-corneal-cells-and-transplantation-in-dog-models
#2
Bin Xu, Zhan Song, Tingjun Fan
Tissue-engineered human anterior hemi-cornea (TE-aHC) is a promising equivalent for treating anterior lamellar keratopathy to surmount the severe shortage of donated corneas. This study was intended to construct a functional TE-aHC with nontransfected human corneal stromal (ntHCS) and epithelial (ntHCEP) cells using acellular porcine corneal stromata (aPCS) as a carrier scaffold, and evaluate its biological functions in a dog model. To construct a TE-aHC, ntHCS cells were injected into an aPCS scaffold and cultured for 3 days; then, ntHCEP cells were inoculated onto the Bowman's membrane of the scaffold and cultured for 5 days under air-liquid interface condition...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614429/clinical-and-epidemiological-aspects-of-cornea-transplant-patients-of-a-reference-hospital
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Giovanna Karinny Pereira Cruz, Isabelle Campos de Azevedo, Diana Paula de Souza Rego Pinto Carvalho, Allyne Fortes Vitor, Viviane Euzébia Pereira Santos, Marcos Antonio Ferreira
Objective: clinically characterizing cornea transplant patients and their distribution according to indicated and post-operative conditions of cornea transplantation, as well as estimating the average waiting time. Method: a cross-sectional, descriptive and analytical study performed for all cornea transplants performed at a reference service (n=258). Data were analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, version 20.0. Results: the main indicator for cornea transplant was keratoconus...
June 8, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610538/study-of-death-to-preservation-time-and-its-impact-on-utilisation-of-donor-corneas
#4
Dhaval Patel, Radhika Tandon, Anita Ganger, Aarti Vij, Sanjeev Lalwani, Adarsh Kumar
To evaluate the impact of death-to-preservation time (DPT) on effective utilisation of donor corneas. In a prospective observational study conducted at our tertiary eye centre, donated corneas received over a 15-month period from November 2011 to January 2013 were evaluated. Donor age, donor refrigeration (done or not), DPT, endothelial cell density (ECD), corneal grading, clinical utilisation and surgical outcome after graft transplantation were noted. To analyse the impact of different DPT on donor cornea transplantation, primary outcome measures (corneal grading and endothelial cell density) and secondary outcome measures (primary graft failure and graft infection) were analysed...
January 1, 2017: Tropical Doctor
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608272/ctg18-1-repeat-expansion-may-reduce-tcf4-gene-expression-in-corneal-endothelial-cells-of-german-patients-with-fuchs-dystrophy
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Sabine Foja, Mirjam Luther, Katrin Hoffmann, Andreas Rupprecht, Claudia Gruenauer-Kloevekorn
PURPOSE: It was the aim of this investigation to elucidate the functional effects of CTG18.1 trinucleotide repeat expansion and the polymorphism rs613872 in the transcription factor 4 (TCF4) in corneas of patients affected by Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). METHODS: Sixty-one unrelated German patients with FECD and 113 unaffected controls were investigated and genotyped for the CTG18.1 locus by triplet primed PCR (TP-PCR) and the rs613872 polymorphism via Sanger sequencing and by employing genomic DNA from peripheral blood leucocytes...
June 12, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600807/multi-layered-silk-film-co-culture-system-for-human-corneal-epithelial-and-stromal-stem-cells
#6
Emily A Gosselin, Tess Torregrosa, Chiara E Ghezzi, Alexandra C Mendelsohn, Rachel Gomes, James L Funderburgh, David L Kaplan
With insufficient options to meet the clinical demand for cornea transplants, one emerging area of emphasis is on cornea tissue engineering. In the present study, the goal was to combine the corneal stroma and epithelium into one co-culture system, in order to monitor both human corneal stromal stem cell (hCSSC) and human corneal epithelial cell (hCE) growth and differentiation into keratocytes and differentiated epithelium in these 3D tissue systems in vitro. Co-culture conditions were first optimized, including the medium, air/liquid interface culture, and surface topography and chemistry of biomaterial scaffold films based on silk protein...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586928/-biomaterials-or-donor-tissue-what-is-the-future-of-tissue-engenieering-for-cornea-reconstruction
#7
Björn O Bachmann, Stefan Schrader
For the replacement of corneal tissue, corneal grafts or amniotic membrane are still used as a standard material. Since this is biological tissue, there is only a limited standardization regarding preparation, tissue properties and behaviour after transplantation. In addition, there is a risk of disease transmission, and the availability of both human corneas and amniotic membrane is insufficient in many regions of the world, which is why alternative biomaterials have been explored for many years now. Among the natural biomaterials, materials based on collagen or keratin provide characteristics that make them good candidates for corneal tissue replacement...
June 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579539/preparation-of-acellular-scaffold-for-corneal-tissue-engineering-by-supercritical-carbon-dioxide-extraction-technology
#8
Yi-Hsun Huang, Fan-Wei Tseng, Wen-Hsin Chang, I-Chen Peng, Dar-Jen Hsieh, Shu-Wei Wu, Ming-Long Yeh
In this study, we developed a novel method using supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) to prepare acellular porcine cornea (APC). Under gentle extraction conditions using SCCO2 technology, hematoxylin and eosin staining showed that cells were completely lysed, and cell debris, including nuclei, was efficiently removed from the porcine cornea. The SCCO2-treated corneas exhibited intact stromal structures and appropriate mechanical properties. Moreover, no immunological reactions and neovascularization were observed after lamellar keratoplasty in rabbits...
June 1, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575918/-expansion-and-transplantation-of-limbal-stem-cells-for-corneal-surface-regeneration
#9
Adrian Gericke, Joanna Wasielica-Poslednik, Marion Zimmermann, Aytan Musayeva
In humans, regeneration of the corneal epithelium is regulated by the stem cell reservoir of the limbus. After extensive limbal damage, e.g., by inflammation, thermal burn or chemical injury, limbal stem cell deficiency leading to vascularization and opacification of the cornea and resulting in vision loss, may develop. Several techniques of autologous and allogenic stem cell transplantation have been established. The limbus can be restored by transplantation of whole limbal grafts, small limbal biopsies or by ex vivo-expanded limbal cells...
June 2, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544131/sclerocorneal-graft-and-sequential-removal-of-melted-cornea-after-severe-corneal-burn-with-perforation
#10
Anja Viestenz, Berthold Seitz, Hans-Gert Struck, Arne Viestenz
INTRODUCTION: Corneal burn grade IV usually leads to blindness. Several different surgical techniques remain challenging owing to the extensive tissue damage. Here, we introduce a novel technique with a 15 mm corneoscleral and limbal homologous graft combined with sequential autologous corneal removal ab interno, with a vitrectomy probe to save the anterior chamber angle. In vivo anatomy with optical coherence tomography is the surgical key. METHOD: A large 15 mm sclerocorneal graft is sutured on top of the remainder of the destroyed cornea and sclera after removal of the epithelium and conjunctiva, with anterior synechiolysis if necessary, peripheral iridectomy and conjunctivoplasty...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543637/evidence-of-the-immunomodulatory-role-of-dual-pi3k-mtor-inhibitors-in-graft-survival
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Valery Vilchez, Lilia Turcios, D Allan Butterfield, Mihail I Mitov, Cristin L Coquillard, Anthony J Brandon, Virgilius Cornea, Roberto Gedaly, Francesc Marti
The PI3K/mTOR signaling cascade is fundamental in T-cell activation and fate decisions. We showed the distinct regulation of PI3K/mTOR in regulatory and effector T-cells and proposed the potential therapeutic benefit of targeting this pathway to control the balance between effector and regulatory T-cell activities. Substantial adverse effects in long-term clinical usage of Rapamycin suggest the use of alternative treatments in restraining effector T-cell function in transplant patients. We hypothesize that dual PI3K/mTOR inhibitors may represent an immunosuppressant alternative...
May 24, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509328/anatomy-based-dmek-wetlab-in-homburg-saar-novel-aspects-of-donor-preparation-and-host-maneuvers-to-teach-descemet-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty
#12
B Seitz, L Daas, M Bischoff-Jung, N Szentmáry, S Suffo, M El-Husseiny, A Viestenz, G Milioti
INTRODUCTION: Use of Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) has been limited because of problems with donor preparation, i.e. tearing of the Descemet membrane and difficulties in unfolding the Endothelium-Descemet-Membrane-Layer (EDML) in the anterior chamber (AC). The purpose of this work was to describe a novel approach to teaching anatomy-based donor and recipient preparation in a DMEK-Wetlab. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We teach successful mono-manual donor preparation of human corneas in organ culture not suitable for transplantation, including peripheral markers for orientation...
May 16, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505675/-anti-lymph-angiogenic-strategies-to-improve-corneal-graft-survival
#13
Felix Bock, Claus Cursiefen
Corneal transplantation (keratoplasty) is the most frequently performed form of transplantation worldwide. A rejection reaction against the transplant is the main complication occurring after transplantation in an already vascularized, so-called "high-risk" recipient eye. Our group has shown that clinically invisible lymphatic vessels play a crucial role in the induction of a rejection reaction against the corneal graft, and that anti-(lymph)angiogenic therapies in the mouse model of keratoplasty can significantly improve transplant survival...
May 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503733/long-term-safety-from-transmission-of-porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-after-pig-to-non-human-primate-corneal-transplantation
#14
Hyuk Jin Choi, Jiyeon Kim, Jae Young Kim, Hyun Ju Lee, Won Ryang Wee, Mee Kum Kim, Eung Soo Hwang
BACKGROUND: The risk of xenozoonosis mainly by porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV) has been considered as one of the main hurdles in xenotransplantation and therefore should be elucidated prior to the clinical use of porcine corneal grafts. Accordingly, an investigation was performed to analyze the infectivity of PERVs from porcine keratocytes to human cells, and the long-term risk of transmission of PERVs was determined using pig-to-non-human primate (NHP) corneal transplantation models...
May 14, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490481/vitamin-a-deficiency-due-to-chronic-malabsorption-an-ophthalmic-manifestation-of-a-systemic-condition
#15
James Cheshire, Sai Kolli
A 47-year-old woman presented with a 4-week history of progressive loss of vision, first manifesting as night blindness. Additionally, the patient reported frequent severe episodes of diarrhoea over the past month. Her medical history included end-stage renal failure for which she was currently on haemodialysis after a failed renal transplant, chronic pancreatitis and autonomic diabetes mellitus. Ophthalmological examination revealed severe bilateral corneal xerosis, bilateral Bitot's spots and inferior ulceration of the right cornea...
May 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486726/management-of-interface-fluid-syndrome-after-lasik-by-descemet-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty-in-a-patient-with-fuchs-corneal-endothelial-dystrophy
#16
Mehdi Shajari, Parviz Rafiezadeh, Ivana Pavlovic, Kate Barbara Kubiak, Thomas Kohnen, Ingo Schmack
PURPOSE: To report a case of interface fluid syndrome after LASIK in a patient with Fuchs' corneal endothelial dystrophy treated with Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 74-year-old patient presented with interface fluid syndrome and was treated with DMEK. Its complications in the form of partial graft detachment and cystoid macular edema were successfully managed by rebubbling and topical treatment, respectively...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485528/bioengineered-keratocyte-spheroids-fabricated-on-chitosan-coatings-enhance-tissue-repair-in-a-rabbit-corneal-stromal-defect-model
#17
Shih-Feng Chou, Chih-Hung Lee, Jui-Yang Lai
Cultivated cell spheroid transplantation is widely studied as a means of facilitating tissue regeneration. Chitosan biomaterial has been shown to promote keratocyte aggregation and multicellular spheroid formation. Herein, we provide further evidence on application of bioengineered keratocyte spheroids for corneal stromal tissue engineering. In an allogeneic rabbit model of stromal destruction caused by bacterial keratitis, the corneas were intrastromally injected with isolated keratocyte suspensions or aggregated spheroid grafts at same cell number...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469991/donor-transmitted-melanoma-after-limbal-stem-cell-transplantation
#18
Anas Alsara, Muhammad Rafi
Limbal Stem Cells are a unique cell line located at the corneal limbus. They are responsible for regenerating and restoring corneal epithelial layers. Limbal stem cell transplantation is a promising technique that has been used to treat several hereditary and acquired corneal diseases. Cornea tissue lack vascularity. Hence, there were no special restrictions on collecting ocular tissues from donors with a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma. We are reporting a case of a patient who developed an ocular melanoma after she had limbal stem cell transplantation from a donor with history of melanoma...
April 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465186/expansion-and-cryopreservation-of-porcine-and-human-corneal-endothelial-cells
#19
Leah A Marquez-Curtis, Locksley E McGann, Janet A W Elliott
Impairment of the corneal endothelium causes blindness that afflicts millions worldwide and constitutes the most often cited indication for corneal transplants. The scarcity of donor corneas has prompted the alternative use of tissue-engineered grafts which requires the ex vivo expansion and cryopreservation of corneal endothelial cells. The aims of this study are to culture and identify the conditions that will yield viable and functional corneal endothelial cells after cryopreservation. Previously, using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), we employed a systematic approach to optimize the post-thaw recovery of cells with high membrane integrity and functionality...
April 29, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451994/3d-stacked-construct-a-novel-substitute-for-corneal-tissue-engineering
#20
Shrestha Priyadarsini, Sarah E Nicholas, Dimitrios Karamichos
Corneal trauma/injury often results in serious complications including permanent vision loss or loss of visual acuity which demands corneal transplantations or treatment with allogenic graft tissues. There is currently a huge shortage of donor tissue worldwide and the need for human corneal equivalents increases annually. In order to meet such demand the current clinical approach of treating corneal injuries is limited and involves synthetic and allogenic materials which have various shortcomings when it comes to actual transplantations...
April 28, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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