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Limbal stem cell

Milad Modabber, Mona Harissi-Dagher
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March 15, 2018: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
A V Petrayevsky, K S Trishkin
Pterygium is one of the modern problems of ophthalmology. The exact etiology and pathogenesis of this disease has not been reliably established and, as a result, there is no universal method for its recurrence-free treatment. The literature data on various methods of pterygium surgical treatment such as 'bare sclera', conjunctival autograft, limbal stem cells transplantation techniques, amniotic membrane plasty and other methods was analyzed. The advantages and disadvantages of those surgery methods were identified...
2018: Vestnik Oftalmologii
Awy Chua, M J Chua, Pca Kam
Significant surgical advances have been made recently in corneal transplantation. Penetrating keratoplasty was the dominant method from 1905, until selective lamellar keratoplasty emerged as the preferred technique over the last 20 years. Advanced techniques such as corneal limbal stem cell transplant and keratoprosthesis are also available. The major surgical complications of corneal transplantation are extrusion of ocular content and expulsive choroidal haemorrhage. It is essential for an ophthalmic anaesthetist to have a good understanding of these new surgical procedures so as to provide optimal surgical conditions...
March 2018: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Cristina Nicula, Izabela Szabo, Ozana Ivan
The article presents the modern treatment with stem cells in the reconstruction of ocular surface. The turnover of the stem cells, the location in the limbus areas, the importance of limbal stem cells presence, the clinical appearance of stem cell deficiency, investigations method for this illness and the management of stem cell deficiency (artificial lacrimal tear drops, mini scleral contact lenses and the surgical treatment with allografts and autografts of stem cells) were taken into account.
October 2017: Romanian Journal of Ophthalmology
Nada Tarek Hassan Mohamed, Neveen Ahmed AbdelAziz
Adult stem cells are somatic stem cells distributed all over the body. They represent a promising future for regenera-tive medicine because of their multiple advantages as they are widely available, accessible, easily stored and manipulated to a wide range of cells and with minimal invasive extraction. This review describes three examples of adult stem cells: oral mucosal epithelial stem cells, human immature dental pulp stem cells and hair follicle bulge stem cells that show an ability to correct limbal stem cell deficiency, their isolation and cultivation methods, feeder layers, carriers, markers expressed, successfulness to regenerate the ocular surface and mimic the corneal function in LSCD...
February 23, 2018: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Yuzuru Sasamoto, Bruce R Ksander, Markus H Frank, Natasha Y Frank
The corneal epithelium is maintained by limbal stem cells (LSCs) that reside in the basal epithelial layer of the tissue surrounding the cornea termed the limbus. Loss of LSCs results in limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) that can cause severe visual impairment. Patients with partial LSCD may respond to conservative therapies designed to rehabilitate the remaining LSCs. However, if these conservative approaches fail or, if complete loss of LSCs occurs, transplantation of LSCs or their alternatives is the only option...
February 23, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Sayan Basu, Sashwanthi Mohan, Swapnil Bhalekar, Vivek Singh, Virender Sangwan
AIMS: Cultivated limbal epithelial transplantation (CLET) fails in around 20%-30% of cases. This study aimed to report the clinical outcomes of autologous simple limbal epithelial transplantation (SLET) in eyes with recurrent unilateral limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) due to failure of CLET. METHODS: This was a prospective case series which included 30 eyes of 30 patients who underwent SLET between 2010 and 2016 after failure of one (n=24) or two (n=6) previous CLET procedures for chronic unilateral ocular burns...
February 16, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Gustavo S Figueiredo, Borja Salvador-Culla, Oliver J Baylis, Hardeep S Mudhar, Majlinda Lako, Francisco C Figueiredo
PURPOSE: To investigate the outcomes of penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) following autologous cultivated limbal epithelial stem cell transplantation (CLET). METHODS: A prospective, single centre, interventional cohort study investigating patients with unilateral total limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) treated with CLET who underwent PKP. Patients with confirmed corneal re-epithelialization > 6 months post-CLET, and with best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) <0...
February 13, 2018: Stem Cells
Jing Sun, Wei-Hua Liu, Feng-Mei Deng, Yong-Hui Luo, Ke Wen, Hong Zhang, Hai-Rong Liu, Jiang Wu, Bing-Yin Su, Yi-Lun Liu
Corneal integrity, transparency and vision acuity are maintained by corneal epithelial cells (CECs), which are continuously renewed by corneal limbal stem cells (LSCs). Deficiency of CECs and/or LSCs is associated with numerous ocular diseases. Paired box (PAX)6 is an eye development-associated transcription factor that is necessary for cell fate determination and differentiation of LSCs and CECs. In the present study, the PAX6 gene was introduced into adipose-derived rat mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) to investigate whether PAX6-transfected cells were able to transdifferentiate into corneal-like epithelial cells and to further verify whether the cells were suitable as a cell source for corneal transplantation...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Michael T B Nguyen, Vishakha Thakrar, Clara C Chan
OBJECTIVE: To describe indications and outcomes of patients fitted with the EyePrintPRO therapeutic scleral lens. METHODS: A database search of patients fitted with the EyePrintPRO from 2014 to 2016. Fourteen eyes of 10 patients were reviewed retrospectively. Patient demographics, medical and ocular history, indications for fitting, duration of wear, symptoms, and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) were analyzed. RESULTS: Mean age at lens fitting was 49 years (range, 21-67 years)...
February 2018: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
Kai B Kang, Faris I Karas, Ruju Rai, Joelle A Hallak, Joann J Kang, Jose de la Cruz, Maria S Cortina
Despite improved retention and reduced complication rates paving the way for the current expansion of applications and surge in prevalence for the Boston type I Keratoprosthesis (KPro), the most frequent indication for its implantation today remains prior graft failure. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the long-term outcomes of primary KPro and compare to secondary implantation in a matched cohort study. This study included patients who underwent KPro implantation in a single center by two surgeons between July 2008 and October 2014...
2018: PloS One
Kristina Spaniol, Joana Witt, Sonja Mertsch, Maria Borrelli, Gerd Geerling, Stefan Schrader
PURPOSE: Limbal epithelial stem cells (LESC) reside in a niche in the corneo-scleral transition zone. Deficiency leads to pain, corneal opacity, and eventually blindness. LESC transplantation of ex-vivo expanded human LESC on a carrier such as human amniotic membrane is a current treatment option. We evaluated decellularised human limbus (DHL) as a potential carrier matrix for the transplantation of LESC. METHODS: Human corneas were obtained from the local eye bank...
February 1, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Ben Mead, Juan Amaral, Stanislav Tomarev
Purpose: To investigate the benefit of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (BMSC)-derived small extracellular vesicles (sEV) as an intravitreal (ivit) therapy in two rat models of glaucoma and to determine and identify candidate miRNA involved in the mechanism. Methods: sEV were isolated from human BMSC and fibroblasts and ivit injected into adult rats after induction of elevated IOP. IOP was elevated using either intracameral injection of microbeads or laser photocoagulation of circumferential limbal vessels and the trabecular meshwork...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
R Sartaj, C Zhang, P Wan, Z Pasha, V Guaiquil, A Liu, J Liu, Y Luo, E Fuchs, M I Rosenblatt
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February 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Felipe Mellado, Ignacia Fuentes, Francis Palisson, José I Vergara, Arturo Kantor
PURPOSE: This study describes ophthalmologic and systemic clinical findings in different subtypes of epidermolysis bullosa (EB) establishing genotype-phenotype correlations. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 58 patients with EB together with the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association, Chile. Data were stratified by major subtypes such as "simplex epidermolysis bullosa" (EBS), "junctional epidermolysis bullosa" (JEB), "recessive and dominant dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa" and "dominant dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa" (DDEB), and "Kindler syndrome" (KS)...
January 30, 2018: Cornea
Jayesh Vazirani, Dhanyasree Nair, Swapna Shanbhag, Siva Wurity, Abhishek Ranjan, Virender Sangwan
PURPOSE: To determine the demographic features of patients affected by limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD), and to identify the underlying causes of LSCD DESIGN: Retrospective, multi-center case series SETTING: Two large tertiary care ophthalmology hospitals SUBJECTS: Patients with a diagnosis of LSCD presenting from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2014 METHODS: Records of patients with a clinical diagnosis of LSCD were reviewed. Demographic details and clinical features at presentation, as well as the underlying cause of LSCD (if identified) were noted...
January 26, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Rebecca King, Felix L Struebing, Ying Li, Jiaxing Wang, Allison Ashley Koch, Jessica N Cooke Bailey, Puya Gharahkhani, Stuart MacGregor, R Rand Allingham, Michael A Hauser, Janey L Wiggs, Eldon E Geisert
Central corneal thickness (CCT) is one of the most heritable ocular traits and it is also a phenotypic risk factor for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). The present study uses the BXD Recombinant Inbred (RI) strains to identify novel quantitative trait loci (QTLs) modulating CCT in the mouse with the potential of identifying a molecular link between CCT and risk of developing POAG. The BXD RI strain set was used to define mammalian genomic loci modulating CCT, with a total of 818 corneas measured from 61 BXD RI strains (between 60-100 days of age)...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
Yufei Teng, Gary Hin-Fai Yam, Na Li, Shen Wu, Arkasubhra Ghosh, Ningli Wang, Chi-Pui Pang, Vishal Jhanji
PURPOSE: The pathogenesis of pterygium has been linked to limbal stem cell damage, abnormal apoptosis and cellular proliferation. In this study, we investigated the epigenetic regulation through microRNA expression in the pathogenesis of pterygium. METHODS: Human full-length primary pterygia were microdissected into head and body regions. Specific microRNA and mRNA expression was assayed by TaqMan® real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Tissue localization of target microRNAs was performed by LNA-based in situ hybridization...
January 19, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Waseem Nasser, Aya Amitai-Lange, Despina Soteriou, Rana Hanna, Beatrice Tiosano, Yaron Fuchs, Ruby Shalom-Feuerstein
During morphogenesis, preserving tissue boundaries is essential for cell fate regulation. While embryonic tissues possess high plasticity and repair ability, the questions of whether and how adult tissues cope with acute stem cell (SC) loss or boundary disruption have remained unanswered. Here, we report that K15-GFP transgene labels the murine corneal epithelial boundary and SC niche known as the limbus. K15-GFP+ basal cells expressed SC markers and were located at the corneal regeneration site, as evident by lineage tracing...
January 9, 2018: Cell Reports
Lily Wei Chen, Yan-Ming Chen, Chia-Ju Lu, Mei-Yun Chen, Szu-Yuan Lin, Fung-Rong Hu, Wei-Li Chen
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of air-lifting on the stemness, junctional protein formation, and cytokeratin expression of rabbit limbal stem cells cultivated in vitro, and to find out the proper timing of air-lifting before transplantation as limbal epithelial cell sheets for the treatment of limbal insufficiency. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Limbal epithelial cells were isolated from the limbus of New Zealand white rabbits and cultivated in vitro...
October 2017: Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology
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