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PURPOSE To compare the in vitro antiangiogenic activities of ex vivo expanded human limbocorneal epithelial (HLE) cells cultivated on preserved human amniotic membrane (AM) and to identify factors responsible for the activities. METHODS The antiangiogenic effects were compared of culture media conditioned by AM, HLE cells, or HLE cells cultivated on(More)
PURPOSE To determine the optimal conditions for enhancing corneal allograft survival by oral immunization with donor-specific alloantigens. METHODS CB6F1 mice were orally immunized with various doses of C3H/Hej corneal epithelial and endothelial cells before receiving orthotopic C3H/Hej corneal allografts. Paraformaldehyde-fixed corneal cells were(More)
PURPOSE To explore the expression and function of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression on human uveal melanoma cells. METHODS Five human uveal melanoma cell lines were examined by flow cytometry for the expression of EGFR. The correlation between EGFR expression and metastasis of uveal melanoma cells was tested in a nude mouse model of(More)
Cell sheet-mediated tissue regeneration is a promising approach for corneal reconstruction. However, the fragility of bioengineered corneal endothelial cell (CEC) monolayers allows us to take advantage of cross-linked porous gelatin hydrogels as cell sheet carriers for intraocular delivery. The aim of this study was to further investigate the effects of(More)
Given that the cells can sense nanometer dimensions, the chemical cross-linking-mediated alteration in fibrillar structure of collagenous tissue scaffolds is critical to determining their cell culture performances. This article explores, for the first time, the effect of nanofibrous structure of glutaraldehyde (GTA) cross-linked amniotic membrane (AM) on(More)
PURPOSE To determine the expression of differentiation and progenitor cell markers in corneal tissues that previously underwent autologous cultivated oral mucosal epithelial transplantation (COMET). METHODS Four eyes from three alkaline-injured patients and one thermally injured patient underwent COMET to promote re-epithelialization or corneal(More)
PURPOSE To qualify and quantify structural alterations in keratoconic corneas ex vivo by the use of second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy and two-dimensional fast Fourier transform (2D-FFT) analysis. METHODS Two keratoconic and three normal human corneal specimens were imaged with a multiphoton microscope. Forward and backward second-harmonic(More)
Corneal angiogenesis is associated with a variety of corneal diseases, and is sometimes vision threatening. In recent years, with the discovery of major pro- and anti-angiogenic factors in the cornea, details of the angiogenic process are gradually unveiled. Of note, corneal inflammation and neovascularization associated with severe limbal stem cell (LSC)(More)
BACKGROUND Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is an important public health issue. The study aimed to determine the prevalence of ocular infections caused by MRSA and to identify the clinical characteristics and antibiotic susceptibility of ocular MRSA infections by comparing those of ocular methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA)(More)
PURPOSE We analyzed the expression of angiogenesis-related factors in corneal tissues that had undergone previously autologous cultivated oral mucosal epithelial transplantation (COMET). METHODS Six eyes from four chemically- and two thermally-injured patients with limbal stem cell deficiency who received COMET to promote wound healing were studied(More)