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BACKGROUND Cornea transplant technology has progressed markedly in recent decades, allowing surgeons to replace diseased corneal endothelium by a thin lamellar structure. A thin, transparent, biocompatible, tissue-engineered substratum with corneal endothelial cells for endothelial keratoplasty is currently of interest. Electrospinning a nanofibrous(More)
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) often leads to neurotrophic ulcerations in the cornea and skin; however, the underlying cellular mechanisms of this complication are poorly understood. Here, we used post-wound corneal sensory degeneration and regeneration as a model and tested the hypothesis that diabetes adversely affects DC populations and(More)
Patients with diabetes mellitus often develop corneal complications and delayed wound healing. How diabetes might alter acute inflammatory responses to tissue injury, leading to delayed wound healing, remains mostly elusive. Using a streptozotocin-induced type I diabetes mellitus mice and corneal epithelium-debridement wound model, we discovered that(More)
Osteogenic induction with either growth factors or genetic modification has limitations due to the short half-life and cost of the former, or safety concerns regarding the latter. The objective of this study was to employ a microcapsulation technique to separate genetically modified and nonmodified bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) to establish a(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the effect of the ATP-P2Y2-PI3K/Akt signaling axis on promoting rabbit corneal endothelial cell (RCEC) proliferation in vitro. METHODS Five concentrations of adenosine triphosphate (ATP; 1, 10, 25, 50 and 100 μM) were added to RCECs, and the cell proliferation was detected using Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK8) and Ki67(More)
PURPOSE Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) are at an increased risk for developing corneal complications, including delayed wound healing. The purpose of this study was to characterize the expression and the function of Serpine1 and other components of urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA)-proteolytic system in delayed epithelial wound healing in diabetic(More)
PURPOSE To study the feasibility of engineering conjunctival epithelial cell sheets on a temperature-responsive culture dish for ocular surface reconstruction. METHODS Rabbit conjunctival epithelial cells (rCjECs) were cultured in DMEM/F-12 (1:1) medium. The morphology and phenotype of the rCjECs were confirmed with phalloidin staining, periodic(More)
PURPOSE To develop a new rabbit model of corneal endothelial injury using a neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser. METHODS The corneal endothelia of 2 groups of New Zealand white rabbits were treated with an Nd:YAG laser in a uniformly scattered fashion. Rabbits in group A underwent laser burns on the whole corneal endothelium, including(More)
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