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To examine whether transplantation of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) could reconstruct the corneal damage and also whether grafted MSCs could differentiate into corneal epithelial cells, we isolated MSCs from healthy donors. After growth and expansion on amniotic membrane, cells were transplanted into rat corneas 7 days after chemical burns.(More)
BACKGROUND The transplantation of limbal epithelial cells cultivated on amniotic membrane is a newly developed treatment for limbal stem cell deficiency. The purpose of our study was to investigate the biological characteristics of limbal epithelial cells and evaluate the effect of transplantation of cultivated human limbal epithelial cells on ocular(More)
PURPOSE To study the cytotoxic effects and related signaling pathways of butein on human uveal melanoma cells in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS Three human uveal melanoma cell lines (M17, SP6.5, and C918), retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells and scleral fibroblasts were treated with butein at different dosages. The effects of butein on cell viability(More)
  • Bo Yang, Pengcheng Fan, +9 authors Yu Wang
  • 2012
AIMS Recent clinical and experimental evidences demonstrate an association between augmented circulating lipocalin-2 [a pro-inflammatory adipokine] and cardiac dysfunction. However, little is known about the pathophysi-ological role of lipocalin-2 in heart. The present study was designed to compare the heart functions of mice with normal (WT) or deficient(More)
Toll-like receptors (TLR) are a subfamily of pattern recognition receptors (PRR) implicated in a variety of vascular abnormalities. However, the pathophysiological role and the interplay between different TLR-mediated innate and adaptive immune responses during the development of vascular diseases remain largely unspecified. TLR are widely distributed in(More)
IL-6 plays an important role in various inflammatory ocular diseases, including diabetic retinopathy. Müller cells are the major source of inflammatory mediators, including IL-6, in the retina. However, the mechanism of regulating IL-6 production in these cells remains unclear. Examination of signaling pathways in human retinal Müller cells (MIO-M1 cell(More)
In this study, chrysophanol, isolated from a marine fungus, was examined for its protective effects against inflammatory responses and oxidative stress in BV2 microglia. Chrysophanol was studied to assess its capabilities of protecting against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory responses in BV2 cells. It was found that chrysophanol reduced the(More)
Diabetic retinopathy shares some similarity with chronic inflammation and Müller cells dysfunction may play an important role in its initiation and progression since these cells are thought to be a major source of inflammatory factors. The goal of this study was to examine the effect of cytokines on human retinal Müller cells and to understand the(More)
Mediators from peripheral tissues can influence the development and progression of heart failure (HF). For example, in obesity, an altered profile of adipokines secreted from adipose tissue increases the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI). Less appreciated is that heart remodeling releases cardiokines, which can strongly impact various peripheral(More)
BACKGROUND Previous research indicated that the development of diabetic retinopathy (DR) is closely related to the excessive expression of growth factors. This paper was to study the relationship of DR with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and the retinal vascular pathological change. METHODS Fifty-five(More)