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PURPOSE To evaluate a novel automated segmentation algorithm for cup-to-disc segmentation from stereo color photographs of patients with glaucoma for the measurement of glaucoma progression. METHODS Stereo color photographs of the optic disc were obtained by using a fixed stereo-base fundus camera in 58 eyes of 58 patients with suspected or open-angle(More)
Recent reports have indicated that components of the complement cascade are synthesized during the degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGC) in glaucoma. While complement deposition in the retina may simply serve to aid phagocytosis of damaged RGC, activation of the complement cascade can also contribute to neuronal loss in neurodegenerative diseases.(More)
PURPOSE Excessive scarring in subconjunctival tissues after filtering surgery seems to be characterized by aberrant extracellular matrix (ECM) production, and tissue transglutaminase (tTgase) plays an important role in this process. In the present study, the effects of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta2 on the expression of tTgase, its activity in(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether mitochondrial dysfunction and mitogen-activated protein kinase family proteins are implicated in apoptotic signaling of human Tenon's capsule fibroblasts (HTCFs) by mitomycin-C. METHODS Apoptosis was determined by Hoechst nuclei staining, agarose gel electrophoresis, and flow cytometry in HTCFs treated with 0.4 mg/mL(More)
Role of linker histone H1 in epigenetic regulation of pluripotency genes and Hox genes To my father, Weijun Zhang. iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS First, I would like to thank my thesis advisor, Dr. Yuhong Fan, for her guidance, encouragement and support. My thesis work would not have been possible without her time, ideas and funding support. I have not only learned(More)
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