Alexander V Ljubimov

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Noninvasive monitoring of β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques, the neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), is critical for AD diagnosis and prognosis. Current visualization of Aβ plaques in brains of live patients and animal models is limited in specificity and resolution. The retina as an extension of the brain presents an appealing target for a live,(More)
PURPOSE Adult human corneal epithelial basement membrane (EBM) and Descemet's membrane (DM) components exhibit heterogeneous distribution. The purpose of the study was to identify changes of these components during postnatal corneal development. METHODS Thirty healthy adult corneas and 10 corneas from 12-day- to 3-year-old children were studied by(More)
BACKGROUND The corneal epithelium converges at the peripheral zone (limbus) with the conjunctival epithelium, forming a continuous sheet with phenotypically distinct regions--central, limbal, and conjunctival. The epithelial basement membrane (EBM) is important for corneal functions and cell adhesion, but its regional composition is poorly understood.(More)
PURPOSE To uncover abnormalities of extracellular matrix (ECM) distribution in human corneas with pseudophakic and aphakic bullous keratopathy (PBK/ABK). METHODS Indirect immunofluorescence with antibodies to 27 ECM components was used on frozen sections of 14 normal and 20 PBK/ABK corneas. RESULTS Fibrillar deposits of an antiadhesive glycoprotein(More)
The aim of this paper was to determine if growth factors, known to be upregulated in proliferative diabetic retinopathy, exerted combined effects on retinal endothelial cells. The authors explored the individual and collective actions of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor-BB(More)
PURPOSE To examine the distribution of extracellular matrix (ECM) and basement membrane (BM) components and of Na+,K+-ATPase in postcataract surgery (PCS) corneas. These corneas were from patients who never developed pseudophakic or aphakic bullous keratopathy (PBK/ABK) after cataract surgery. PCS corneas were compared with PBK/ABK and Fuchs' dystrophy(More)
Differential gene expression in tumors often involves growth factors and extracellular matrix/basement membrane components. Here, 11,000- gene microarray was used to identify gene expression profiles in brain tumors including high-grade gliomas [glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and anaplastic astrocytoma], low-grade astrocytomas, or benign extra-axial brain(More)
PURPOSE To study alterations of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and basement membrane (BM) components in human keratoconus corneas. METHODS Fifteen normal and 13 keratoconus corneas were characterized by immunofluorescence with antibodies to 23 ECM and BM components. RESULTS Keratoconus staining patterns for posterior nonscarred regions and Descemet's(More)
Differential gene expression in tumors often involves growth factors and extracellular matrix/basement membrane components. Here, 11,000gene microarray was used to identify gene expression profiles in brain tumors including high-grade gliomas [glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and anaplastic astrocytoma], low-grade astrocytomas, or benign extraaxial brain(More)
PURPOSE Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive decline in learning, memory, and executive functions. In addition to cognitive and behavioral deficits, vision disturbances have been reported in early stage of AD, well before the diagnosis is clearly established. To further investigate ocular(More)