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Corneal clarity is maintained by its endothelium, which functions abnormally in the endothelial dystrophies, leading to corneal opacification. This group of conditions includes Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy of the cornea (FECD), one of the commonest indications for corneal transplantation performed in developed countries, posterior polymorphous dystrophy(More)
INTRODUCTION Following laboratory studies on new potential chemotherapy for Acanthamoeba keratitis, when chlorhexidine and propamidine provided an additive in vitro effect, a series of 12 patients with culture-proven Acanthamoeba keratitis from three UK centres was monitored during and after therapy. METHODS In all cases the clinical diagnosis was(More)
Mutations within the RIEG1 homeobox gene on chromosome 4q25 have previously been reported in association with Rieger syndrome. We report a 3' splice site mutation within the 3rd intron of the RIEG1 gene which is associated with unilateral Peters' anomaly. The mutation is a single base substition of A to T at the invariant -2 site of the 3' splice site.(More)
The aim of this study was to determine any differences in the collagen molecular and fibrillar packing, or the arrangement of the proteoglycans along the fibril axis, in the stroma of keratoconus and control corneas. High and low-angle x-ray diffraction patterns from the fibrillar and molecular packing of collagen in keratoconus and control corneas were(More)
PURPOSE We report an investigation into the distribution of proteoglycans (PGs) in normal, organ-cultured and dextran-treated human corneas. METHODS Immunogold labeling was carried out at the electron microscope level to localize keratan sulphate (KS), chondroitin sulphate (CS), and heparan sulphate (HS) PGs. RESULTS High levels of labeling for CS was(More)
PURPOSE To study patterns of expression of alternatively spliced tenascin-C (TN-C) variants believed to mediate cellular activities in human corneal development. METHODS Serial sections of preterm, neonatal, child, and adult globes with normal anterior segments were labeled with monoclonal antibodies to TN-C. The antibodies included BC-4 and BC-8, which(More)
We report an outbreak of 43 episodes of presumed microbial keratitis in 42 disposable soft contact lens wearers seen in the Accident Room of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital during a period of 20 months, and compare this with the general incidence of contact lens-related corneal infection found in a retrospective survey of 6 months' Accident Room attendances(More)